Research

Invent new knowledge

Qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods, onEvidence provide independent psychological and social research services that help public, private and third sector organisations and institutions to make informed decisions about policy, practices and services. Our clients include government departments, universities, academics, grant providers, charities, and businesses UK-wide.

Ethical and robust research design, data collection, data analysis, impact assessment, and plain English reporting provides the evidence that organisations and institutions need to improve the lives of employees, service users, and the wider society.   

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Research Planning Advice

Primary and secondary research

Systematic literature reviews

Scoping studies

Plain English Reporting

Research: Polices, practices, services

The starting point of our research process is based on one simple premise: That knowledge creation is the process of making tacit knowledge explicit. This guides our every effort to translate your organisations vision into effective policies, practices and services.

Involving your employees in the research process by embodying their tacit knowledge (or know-how) and insights as the foundations of our research, helps them to identify with, and mobilises their personal commitment to the organisation and its mission. By testing those insights, we make them available for use. This means that your organisation, employees, and service users all ultimately benefit.

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Consultation

Translation

Standardisation

Internalisation

Through direct consultation, our Research Director learns the insights and tacit knowledge of your employees and/or volunteers. This tacit knowledge is then translated into explicit knowledge and communicated to our research team. Our research team standardises this knowledge, embodying it in new, or updating existing, policies, practices, and services. Through experience of delivering these policies, practices and services, your team internalises, thus enriching their own tactic knowledge base.

Research can enable organisations to innovate, respond quickly to service user’s needs, and rapidly develop new or improved policies, practices and services.

The onEvidence research team, led by Dr. Roxanne Khan, works with policy makers, commissioners, care and health professionals to provide the evidence they need to improve services, and to make informed decisions about policy and practice. We provide tailored social research services to local authorities, care providers, government departments, charities, NGOs, and universities.

We can help you create new knowledge. Find out how.

Research: Programme evaluation

Taking a theory-based, bottom-up approach, we test the effectiveness and efficiency of your training, projects, policies, practices and programmes. The aim: To assess the extent to which an intervention or cluster of interventions has produced or influenced observed results, and to objectively examine what role the intervention/s played in producing the observed results. Understanding contribution, rather than proving attribution, is our key objective.

To achieve this we start by engaging stakeholders, and the people that are impacted by/will benefit from the programme, at the evaluation planning stage. This collaborative method leads to quick identification and diagnosis of the problem/need that the programme aims to address. Regular consultation with funders, those impacted, those trying to address the problem and, where necessary, subject-matter experts, plays a critical part of our research strategy throughout the evaluation process.

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Needs assessment

Logic model assessment

Implementation assessment

Impact assessment

Cost and efficiency assessment

Needs assessment.

We research and assess the extent to which the intervention continues to address a demonstrable need, and is responsive to the needs and/or priorities of the organisation. Is it still needed? Does it still make sense? Is the programme targeting the right people in the right ways? Does the design still work?

Logic model assessment.

Also known as ‘programme theory’ or ‘change theory’. Our evaluator will work closely with your programme staff to identify assumptions, risks and external factors, and to provide a neutral, evidence-based assessment of the value for money (i.e., relevance and effectiveness) of the intervention. Where programme staff have not developed their own logic model, we will retroactively develop one, in consultation with the stakeholders and subject-matter experts, to support our evaluation effort. In terms of targets, reach and design, we will objectively assess expected, immediate, intermediate and ultimate outcomes, to provide information about what aspects of the intervention worked and which didn’t.

Implementation assessment.

Our implementation research aims to provide insights into how programmes work, and valuable information about the reasons for their success or failure. Developing an understanding about whether or not a programme was implemented as originally planned and, where applicable, to what extent (programme integrity), allows our researchers to more accurately interpret the relationship between the intervention and the observed outcomes. This mean that there are more opportunities for making programme improvements, and increased validity of outcome findings.

Impact assessment.

Theory-based evaluation of what works, for whom, how, to what extent, and in what circumstances. This involves developing a quantitative and qualitative picture of the programme in action through either a Realistic evaluation (outcome = mechanism + context), or a Theory of change approach (contribution claim = verified theory of change + other key influencing factors accounted for).

Cost assessment.

Did the intervention achieve expected outcomes?  We analyse cost-benefit or cost-efficiency ratio to assess the efficiency of a programme.

Our systematic methods for collecting and analysing information to answer questions about a programme can involve quantitative and qualitative methods of social research. The evaluation process, in particular instruments used to collect data (e.g. questionnaires and structured interviews), is carefully planned to be sensitive to differences in the target populations.

We can help you prepare a budget for a rigorous evaluation at the programme planning stage.

Get in touch for your free initial consultation.