Social Research

Inquisitive, practical research

We are social researchers, providing high quality, independent, qualitative and quantitative research. We use robust research methods to answer questions that shape policy, improve practice and achieve positive outcomes. We research issues at national and local level – and both interest us just as much. We are passionate, professional, robust and ethical. We are all members of the Social Research Association and the PVG (protecting vulnerable groups) scheme.

NHS Health Scotland: Cervical Screening Research

Women’s views on changes to the cervical screening programme

We undertook this sensitive research with 100 women across Scotland about their views on cervical screening, for NHS Health Scotland. We carried out a series of focus groups and individual interviews. The work required careful targeting to involve a mix of women across Scotland, and sensitive management of discussions on a complex and personal topic. NHS Health Scotland published the report and a research summary.

Scottish Government: Additional Support for Learning

Research into the experiences of children with Additional Support Needs

This qualitative research explored the educational experiences of pupils with additional support needs and those that support them. The research involved discussions with over 200 individuals, including pupils, parents/carers, school staff and local authority officers. Our team conducted individual interviews with pupils with additional support needs including social, emotional and behavioural needs – at both primary and secondary schools across Scotland. You can read the published report.

Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights

Research into minority ethnic participation in volunteering and the voluntary sector

This qualitative research explored perceptions and reflections on volunteering of minority ethnic people and staff responsible for recruiting and supporting minority ethnic volunteers. The research involved a mixture of focus groups, interviews and surveys. The published report is available here.