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Stage 1 | Literature review

Literature review will commence with systematic literature reviews of  information about the church buildings, their use, maintenance, previous projects working in this and related areas, community asset management, and tools and techniques for calibrating the value of the common good and of assets with no market price.

Stage 2 | Scoping case studies

Scoping case studies will consist of in-depth interviews about church buildings and community characteristics with informants from a subset of deaneries and parishes in the Diocese of Ely, supplemented with secondary information about the communities they represent. The findings will be used to develop case studies of church building use, clusters of church buildings uses, and the data categories in the survey. 

Stage 3 | Survey

Survey of church buildings and community characteristics in the Diocese of Ely drawn from the created database. The survey will be administered by parish and deanery representatives after attending training sessions. The survey will provide a unique dataset about church buildings and community assets.

Stage 4 | Data analysis and reporting

Data analysis and reporting and the dissemination of findings to key stakeholder audiences. 


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Diocese of Ely
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Ely Diocesan Office
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Ely CB7 4DX

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No previous project on this scale has succeeded in reaching so far beyond the church’s existing members and friends. By connecting the expertise of Cambridge Judge Business School and the local experience of our parishes, this project will break new ground in understanding how the significance of the church for society can be understood, developed and sustained.
Geoffrey Hunter, the Diocese of Ely’s Church Buildings, Consultant