Research

Invent new knowledge

onEvidence is an independent research services provider. We work collaboratively with organisations and institutions to deliver actionable insights to help shape innovative policy and programme design. Our psychological and social research services encompass qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods primary and secondary research. Our clients include major universities, local and regional government departments, police and crime commissioners, emergency services, social services, and charities throughout the UK.

Independent research services

Independent research services

  • Research planning
  • Interviewing, diaries and focus groups
  • Peer-led research
  • Scoping studies
  • Rapid evidence reviews
  • Systematic literature reviews
  • Case studies
  • Research reporting

Research planning

We take a critical look at what information is required to answer your research questions. This includes a review of current literature associated with your research issue, a description of hypotheses central to the issue, a description of the data required to test the hypotheses, and a description of the methods of analysis in determining whether or not the hypotheses are true or false. Our solution-driven research planning and design service helps you to avoid many of the pitfalls and unnecessary costs associated with beginning investigations too early.

Interviewing, diaries, and focus groups

Research surveys, interviews, diaries, and focus groups. We design questionnaires and surveys, conduct one-on- one interviews and group question and answer sessions, face-to-face and through videoconferencing technology.

Peer-led research

Our peer researchers, usually current MSc or PhD students, actively draw on their lived experience of the issue being studied. Also known as ‘experts-by-experience’, peer researchers draw on an experience or identity that they share with the target group, perhaps by sharing their own experience, to help break down barriers that traditionally exists between the researcher and the participant.

Scoping studies

onEvidence conduct scoping studies guided by a six-stage methodological framework published by Arksey and O’Malley (2005): identifying the research question, searching for relevant studies and key concepts underpinning a research area, selecting studies, charting the data, collating, summarising and reporting the results, and consulting with stakeholders to inform or validate study findings.

Rapid evidence reviews

Using transparent and reproducible search methods, our rapid evidence reviews (RER) deliver more timely information for decision making compared with standard systematic reviews. Ideal for policymakers working to a short deadline, an RER can usually be completed in less than a month. We recommend an RER to assess what is already known about a policy or practice issue, or where the topic is new or emerging.

Systematic literature reviews

A systematic literature review (SLR) identifies, selects and critically appraises research in order to answer a clearly formulated question. onEvidence provide a comprehensive search conducted over multiple databases and grey literature. Limitations, search terms and search strategies (including database names, platforms, etc.) are all included in the review and final report. A systematic literature review provides a complete summary of the current literature relevant to a research question and typically takes up to a year to complete.

Case studies

A case study allows us, as researchers, to use range of tools to answer a complex research question. They provide a detailed real-life understanding of the topic, establishing a solid platform from which to explore in fine detail the factors influencing the case study. This means that we are in a stronger position to confidently recommend practical solutions to challenges that your organisation faces.

Research reporting

Written reports, infographics, PowerPoint reports, face-to-face debriefs, we provide reporting solutions tailored to your budget and time availability. A full report would typically include an executive summary comprising key background and findings. We provide analytical commentary throughout, with significant results highlighted. Key insights and actionable recommendations linked to the key objectives of the research would form part of the conclusion.  We understand the importance of plain English reporting to ensure the audience can understand the research findings. We will work closely with you to interrogate and make sense of research findings to create a coherent and compelling story for your stakeholders to give them the clarity they need to make decisions.

Research focus

  • Criminal justice
  • Violence and aggression
  • Education and learning
  • Diversity and inclusion
Research services

Violence and aggression

onEvidence undertakes rigorous interdisciplinary research on the causes, consequences and prevention of interpersonal violence in a variety of settings, and across the life course. Our areas of focus are domestic abuse and so-called ‘honour’ violence, sexual coercion and exploitation, gendered crime, drugs and alcohol, youth crime and county lines, neglect, mental health and aggression. We aim to develop practical ways to understand, explain, and respond to these problems.

Criminal justice

Working in collaboration with university academics, policymakers, practitioners, survivors and other stakeholders, we aim to advance our understanding of justice through applied, theoretical and empirical research, and to use this research to inform policy and practice. We work with communities and the wider public, as well as police and crime commissioners, prisons, emergency services, the courts and legal professions.

Education and learning

The purpose of our educational research is to improve outcomes for learners and to support positive change across schools, further and higher education, and vocational learning. We undertake research and development projects to improve teaching practice through evidence-based interventions and policy innovation. Our research focuses on teaching methods, student engagement and collaborative learning, classroom dynamics, E-learning, digital pedagogy, High Impact Teaching Strategies (HITS), and SMARTER learning objectives. For more information about our education consultancy services, please click here.

Diversity and inclusion

onEvidence diversity and inclusion research investigates questions of inequality, inequity, diversity, opportunity, access and inclusion as related to gender, age, dis/ability, socio-economic status, ethnicity, citizenship, sexual orientation, religion, and other forms of inequality and protected characteristics. 

Research ethics

Research ethics

onEvidence are committed to preventing harm in research and to promoting positive research and innovation. We believe that everyone has the right to be treated fairly and with respect, and support the key principles set out by UKRI:

  1. All individuals involved in our research and innovation process have a role in creating safe and inclusive research environments
  2. We take an organisation-wide approach to prevention, including providing appropriate leadership training
  3. We have clear policies, processes and training in place
  4. Routes for reporting are easily accessible and we take prompt action in response
  5. The rights of all individuals involved are protected

Get in touch to find out more about our independent research services.

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