Our values and approach

We believe that research should be a socially valuable exercise  and work with clients that share our goals. 

We believe that economic tools can be used to improve decision-making and lead to better, more equal societies. Our work with SROI aims to ensure that social value is central to decision-making. This moves beyond narrow concepts such as utility to holistically take account of things that matter to people.

We are committed to producing high quality outputs and work flexibly with clients to ensure that we meet their needs, without compromising research integrity.  We adhere to high professional research standards and competencies and operate a set of principles to ensure that the dignity and respect of research participants are upheld at all times. 

Related projects

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Haringey Rough Sleeper's Programme

In 2017, Britain was in the grip of a housing and homelessness crisis and London boroughs such as Haringey experienced alarming increases in the numbers of people sleeping rough in the preceeding years. In response, Haringey Council, St. Mungo’s and Thames Reach began delivering a two-year programeme to improve outcomes for rough sleepers.  The HRSP was only one of several pots of funding aimed at tackling rough sleeping during this period, which (along with policy changes affecting rought sleepers) made attribution of outcomes to the programme challenging. Nonetheless, data show a 40% reduction in rough sleeping to November 2018, which was sustained over the following 12 months. despite significant implementation challenges, positive outcomes were reported from the HRSP workstreams. Recommendations focused on the need for better programme scoping and planning to preempt implementation challenges. 

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Evaluation of the Nordic Development Fund

The Nordic Development Fund (NDF) is the joint development finance institution of the five Nordic countries. The objective of NDF's operations is to facilitate climate change investments, primarily in low-income countries.  NDF finances projects usually in cooperation with bilateral, multilateral and other development institutions. The operations mirror the Nordic countries’ priorities in the areas of climate change and development. 

This report assesses the social and environmental impact of NDF in the countries within which it invests, and makes recommendations to improve its development impact in the future. 

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The value of integrated working

There is an established need for women-oriented services, particularly in relation to violence, abuse and mental health, and an emerging evidence base on the benefits that gender-sensitive services can bring. The  aim of the Coventry women's partnership is to to improve outcomes for vulnerable women locally by providing a more joined-up, needs-led service across five women's organisations. The project was a three-year pilot funded by the Smallwood Trust and coordinated by the Women's Budget Group. Women reported substantial – and statistically significant – improvements in their mental health, physical health, relationships, finances, debt, legal status and housing. Service staff also reported that increased collaboration, more effective referrals and greater knowledge of partner services had improved the quality of services and, as a result, also outcomes for women.  

Focus areas

Our client base ranges from local charities to public sector bodies and global corporates. We apply our expertise to key focus areas that our team are passionate about.

Who we work with

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Client Logo British Telecoms
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Client Logo Microsoft
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Client Logo Focus Ireland
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Oecd
Finnfund
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Taoiseach Office