Our services

What we can do for you.

ESSU specialises in:

  • High quality rigorous research, analysis and evaluation.

  • Evidence-based policies.

  • Strategies and best practice to meet public service objectives.

  • Improving democratic accountability, participation and transparency.

  • Commitment to public service principles, equalities and social justice.

  • Training and development to build capacity.

  • Jointly agreed work programmes with organisations.

ESSU has a long and unique track record in working with public bodies, trade unions and community organisations.

ESSU works with:

Public bodies: local authorities, regional and national organisations and government departments.

Trade unions: national, regional and local level including UNISON, GMB, UNITE, UCU, FBU, NUT, and NASUWT.

Community organisations: a wide range of tenants federations, tenants associations, community campaigns and alliances.

ESSU can help you to:

  • Evaluate plans, projects and initiatives.

  • Assess the implications of national and regional policies.

  • Research, analysis and evaluation of PFI, PPP and other projects.

  • Strengthen and enhance the quality of governance and accountability.

  • Prepare alternative plans and improvement strategies.

  • Develop strategies and organising tactics.

  • Build capacity and deliver progressive change.

Research and Strategies
Regional and city economies and public service provision
Health and social care economy analysis.
Public sector strategies.
Sustainable development.
Housing and regeneration.
Impact assessment and evaluation
Integrated impact assessments (economic, social, equality, health and environmental).
Public and transaction costs.
Project evaluation.
Marketisation and privatisation
Strategies to oppose strategic partnerships, outsourcing and transfers including options appraisal and business cases.
Preparation of alternative options and plans.
Analysis of PFI/PPP projects and infrastructure markets.
Procurement best practice.
Service improvement and public management
Best practice service transformation.
User – community and staff – trade union involvement.
Improving democratic governance, participation and transparency.
Jobs and employment strategies
Assessing employment options.
Local economy, equality and labour impacts.
Trade union and community campaign strategies.