Directory of SRA members - Research services
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I have been working in the voluntary sector for over a decade, starting at the Charities Aid Foundation where I was Head of Research until 2011. I founded Vantage Point Research in January 2012, and specialise in social research for charitable organisations as well as market research for SMEs. Recent and current clients include Wiltshire Air Ambulance, The ME Association, Nesta and Relief International UK. In addition, I have also been an Honorary Research Fellow for the Centre for Philanthropy at the University of Kent since 2012, and am working on a five-year longitudinal evaluation for the Heritage Lottery Fund for the Centre.
Peter Lynn is Professor of Survey Methodology at the University of Essex since 2001. He was previously Director of the Survey Methods Centre at Natcen, where he had worked since 1987. He was a founding board member of the European Survey Research Association and founding Editor of the online journal, Survey Research Methods. In 2016 he was elected President of the International Association of Survey Statisticians. He has also served as Editor of the Journal of the Royal Statistical Society (Series A) and Associate Editor of Survey Methodology. Peter has published widely on all aspects of survey design and data collection methods and is editor of the 2009 Wiley book, “Methodology of Longitudinal Surveys” and co-editor of the 2014 Routledge book, “Improving Survey Methods”. In 2003 he was awarded the Royal Statistical Society’s Guy Medal in Bronze for services to survey methods. He is also currently Chair of the European Social Survey Sampling and Weighting Expert Panel.
Liz Mackie is an experienced researcher with particular expertise in evaluating equalities and social inclusion initiatives. She has led evaluations of over 100 such projects or programmes in the last 10 years including projects at local, national and transnational level in the fields of employment support, enterprise development, health and mental health, community development, migrant integration, youth leadership, legal advice and criminal justice. Liz has advanced level skills in qualitative and quantitative research methods and is currently completing doctoral research in social statistics at City University. Liz carries out both process and impact evaluations. She uses mixed methods approaches and has conducted evaluations using difference in difference and randomised control trial methodologies.
Liz is a director of Shared Enterprise CIC, a community interest company which was established in 2014 to tackle social and economic inequalities through identifying and promoting good practice and effective approaches. Liz was formerly director of Research & Consultancy at Greater London Enterprise.
Some examples of recent evaluations carried out by Liz include:
Evaluation of the Rayne Fellowships programme. This five year programme was funded by The Rayne Foundation and delivered by Praxis Community Projects with the aim of building bridges between refugee communities and mainstream society by creating Fellowships for 20 people who arrived in the UK as refugees.
Evaluation of the Mosaic projects in England and Wales. A series of initiatives led by the Campaign for National Parks in partnership with the Youth Hostels Association and the National Park Authorities with the aim of increasing engagement of ethnic minority communities in urban areas with the National Parks in England and Wales.
Evaluation of the Hackney Carers project. A three year project to encourage Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender carers in Hackney to develop peer support networks and to raise awareness within public service agencies of the needs of LGBT carers.
I’m Steve Matthews, an independent researcher and consultant with particular expertise in learning & skills, social economy and sustainability. I work independently and with colleagues to help organisations to:
Research and evaluate initiatives and projects. This might include scoping something, assessing how well it’s going, what’s been learned, the impact it’s having and how it can be improved. I’m a qualified and experienced social researcher who can work across the range of research processes – including research design, desk research, fieldwork (delivery and management), data analysis and reporting. My particular strength is in qualitative research, which includes interviewing people in depth about an issue or their experiences, and running lively and engaging group discussions. People who’ve taken part often comment on how productive such conversations are.
Develop and implement initiatives and projects, by helping you to engage and consult with partners, develop new partnerships, and create new ways of doing things. I am also an effective and experienced project manager and contract manager, someone who can be relied upon to get a new piece of work under way or to support you in getting things done. I’m an assured public speaker, an effective group facilitator and trainer, and a clear and persuasive communicator – in English or Spanish. I’m also quite entrepreneurial, with a good track record of winning work commercially and bid writing.
With a career so far that has spanned research and delivery, policy and practice, I’ve helped organisations to plan and understand their work better, adapt to change and to some extent ‘be the change’.
Quirkos was started in 2013 by qualitative researchers in social health and anthropology to make working and analysing qualitative text easier. It is designed to provide an intuitive visual interface for coding and exploring data, and for enabling participatory analysis. Based in Edinburgh, Quirkos aims to create software that anyone can use for qualitative research and analysis, including interview transcripts, mixed-method surveys or policy and document analysis.
Quirkos was founded in 2013 do develop easy to use software for qualitative analysis. It uses a simple visual interface to keep researchers close to their data, and make exploring and play with qualitative text data engaging. Quirkos is used in more than 30 institutions around the world by qualitative researcher in social science and more.