Who We Are

Barefoot Research and Evaluation is  based in Newcastle upon Tyne in the North East of England and we work across the North East and Cumbria. We have two full time staff (see below) and a number of associates.

Christopher Hartworth

Christopher Hartworth has a social science doctorate and has been working in research and evaluation for almost 20 years. He started his career working in developing countries and was involved in poverty alleviation programmes across Africa. In the late 1990s, Christopher worked on the evaluations of humanitarian responses to disasters, e.g. the Rwandan Genocide and Kosovo. In 2000, Christopher returned to the UK and began research and development work with disadvantaged communities in the North East. Most recently he has completed significant work around community safety and criminal justice.

see Curriculum Vitae of Christopher Hartworth

Joanne Hartworth

Joanne Hartworth has a first class honours degree in Sociology and a post graduate teaching qualification. Joanne is a specialist in adult literacy programmes, including ESOL projects, and has managed community literacy programmes in disadvantaged areas in Newcastle. Joanne has designed and led a series of research and evaluation projects and is an accomplished project manager and trainer. She is also a specialist in qualitative research. Joanne has been working in Newcastle for 20 years and has significant local knowledge, particularly around vulnerable and hard to reach groups, and associated service delivery agencies.

see Curriculum Vitae of Joanne Hartworth

Both staff have enhanced CRB checks.


"Barefoot did a fantatsic job of our evaluation. In particular, their approach to working with our service users was very impressive. The evaluation has answered many of our questions, but also asked us more, which gives us a great opportunity for the future."

Jayne Butler, Manager, The Comfrey Project

"As an organisation we felt that Barefoot did an excellent job of listening and understanding the needs of our review... We were thrilled with the final report; as well as being a very good read, the presentation and quality was excellent."

Cath Carnaby, Manager, Women's Health Advice Centre

"I am pleased with the honesty and thoroughness with which he (Christopher) dealt with the project. Thanks to the evaluation we now have a number of questions answered and a clear way forward."

Maureen Pearson, Area manager North East, Parentline Plus