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Cost-effective research and evaluation.

Here at Research Toolkit we know how important quick, accurate and cost-effective research can be for your project or organisation.  Our consultants have a proven track-record of delivering research, evaluation and impact analysis studies for clients that include UK government departments, universities, the NHS and third sector organisations.  Whether you need a full-scale evaluation including questionnaire surveys, focus groups and participant and partner interviews, or you simply want professional advice on setting up your own research and evaluation systems, we will be able to help you.

More about what we do

Research and Evaluation

Research & Evaluation.

Research.

Research Toolkit consultants have an enviable track record in both qualitative and quantitative investigations covering topics as diverse as co-production, mental health, disability and patient and public involvement (PPI) in healthcare education.Clients have included the NHS, local authorities, universities and third sector organisations. We use a range of research methods to guarantee you robust data and high quality research reports that you can use to support funding applications or other enterprises.

Evaluation.

Research Toolkit can gather the evidence you need to prove your project’s success using both qualitative and quantitative indicators.Our consultants are familiar with various evaluation methods, including quasi-experimental, realistic and appreciative enquiry, and will work with
you to agree the most suitable approach.

Video storytelling.

Nothing has greater impact than professional-quality video of your participants describing first-hand their journey through your project, and its impact on their lives. Research Toolkit has pioneered aspects of video evaluation as a research method,and offers a complete and affordable service, including planning, interviewing subjects, video capture and editing. We can produce high-quality video for use in any medium, including DVD, BlueRay and web-based applications.

Learning Gain Tool

Learning Gain Tool.

Helping you to measure impact.

The Research Toolkit Learning Gain tool© is an interactive resource capable of assessing and measuring impact of training interventions.It uses pre- and post-activity data to explore impact from the perspective of the activity participant, school or stakeholder representative. This has been successfully used to assess change in provision in Hospital Trusts,examined successful elements of University Summer School programmes, and is currently being used as part of the evaluation strategy for a collaboration of 12 Higher Education institutions in West Yorkshire.Results, using this tool, are generally displayed visually as radar charts – aiding participants and programme management to quickly view impact areas.

See how the Learning Gain tool has been successfully used by the Doctoral Training Programme at the Universities of Leeds,Sheffield and York.

Clients

Clients.

Just a selection of current and recent clients.

Bishop Grosseteste University
Brightside Trust/Uniaid
Careers Centre, University of York
Centre of Innovation in Health Management, University of Leeds
Department of Work and Pensions Graduates Yorkshire
Educational Engagement, University of Leeds
Go Higher West Yorkshire
Halifax Womens Centre
Lifelong Learning Centre, University of Leeds
Management Division, Lancaster University
Medical Schools Council
NAMTEC (the National Metals Technology Centre)
National Council for Graduate Enterpreneurship
National Institute for Health Research
Royal Air Force
Royal College of General Practitioners
School of Education and Lifelong Learning, University of Sunderland
Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
The Economic and Social Research Council
Working Minds, Leeds
Yorkshire and Humber Improvement Partnership
Yorkshire Universities

Materials/Resources

Materials / Resources

What we’ve worked on and produced.

Some of our recent project and development work.

National Meatals Technology Center (NAMTEC) : Technical Skills Audit

In 2008 the National Metals Technology Centre (NAMTEC) carried out a national technical skills audit in order to collate industry-relevant data on behalf of a sector that was short of skilled employees; this report presents an update of that survey. Research Toolkit devised an online survey and administered and analysed the data collected from it as part of this national update.

Beyond the Boundaries: the impact of Aimhigher in Leeds

This is a research project about the history, development and impact of one Aimhigher programme, Aimhigher Leeds. The textbook produced as part of this work attempted to capture some of the richness, intensity and determination of its workers, co-ordinators and managers’ experiences, as they endeavoured to make sure that the children of one major northern city had all the support, encouragement and resources they needed to aim for their highest possible attainment levels. This research project was funded by Aimhigher Leeds (2009).

Evaluation of the Jewish Deaf Association Day Centre

This project (JDA Day Centre and Support Services) funded by the Big Lottery Fund, was designed to counter the multiple disadvantages faced every day by older Deaf and Deafblind people.  The evaluation method was to tell the story of the beneficiaries of the Jewish Deaf Association (Day Centre and Support Services project). To do this, we decided to adopt a coproduction approach to our evaluation, in which the Research Toolkit collected data about JDA staff, whilst JDA staff would collected data from their members. We also provided guidance on best practice for self-evaluation.

Evaluation of Action Deafness: Hear Now

Action Deafness is a Leicester-based charity that has been offering support services for over 40 years to Deaf, hard of hearing, deafened and deafblind people both in the East Midlands and across the UK. Our evaluation method was designed to tell the stories of the beneficiaries of HearNow through data gathered on three levels, which together effectively form an evaluation pyramid.

Level One
At ground level, the journeys of the people who have been through at least some of HearNow’s services and support were mapped through a survey collecting and synthesising quantitative data through an easy-to-complete, online and paper-based questionnaire.

Level Two
The themes and issues that emerged from Level One informed the development of instruments for two focus groups in Leicester.

Level Three
We supplemented these focus groups with a series of one-to-one interviews to animate our data reporting with individual stories, some of which form the photo case studies in this report.

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LET’S TALK.

If you’ve got a quick question or would like to know more about specific areas of work, drop us a message and we’ll get back to you.

Research Toolkit Limited , Leeds Innovation Centre , 103 Clarendon Road , Leeds, LS2 9DF
0113 346 6230
enquiries@research-toolkit.co.uk