Research and policy

Using primary, secondary and desk-based approaches, as appropriate to the research questions and needs of the client.

Our services include:

We aim to work with clients who have a research and evidence culture, or where there is an interest in building one. We see the research process as collaborative, and are committed to ensuring that we embed processes and skills within the organisations we work with. We work with the public, private and voluntary sectors, including universities, thinktanks, unions, national and international NGOs, companies and social enterprises. 

Related projects

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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.  

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The Pedestrian Pound

This research report presents evidence that investment in better streets and places can deliver commercial returns to businesses and investors, as well as improve consumer’s perceptions of high streets. Four performance indicators for these investments were identified through a review of the existing literature:  impact on existing business performance (footfall and retail); urban regeneration (new business, rental income, employment, social exclusion etc.); improved consumer and business perceptions, and business diversity.

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

  • Client Logo The Scottish Government
  • Client Logo British Telecoms
  • Client Logo Ucd
  • Client Logo Microsoft
  • Client Logo Cabinet Office
  • Client Logo Amnestry International
  • Client Logo University Of Maynooth
  • Client Logo Focus Ireland
  • Client Logo Womens Budget Group
  • Client Logo Iied
  • Oecd
  • Finnfund
  • Cmf2
  • Taoiseach Office