Children and Families
What we do
We work with a wide variety of clients to research a range of issues relating to the development and well-being of children, young people and families, from birth, through compulsory schooling and transitions to adulthood.
Our research plays a key role in both informing policy development and measuring its effect , in evaluating the impact of communications, strategies and initiatives, and in providing evidence on opinion and delivery or practice.
Our current and recent research has focused on:
- Extended schools
- Children's centres
- Services for disabled children
- Positive activities for children
- Cultural participation
- Outdoor play
- Child health and well-being
- Child poverty
- Youth crime and risk-taking behaviour including drugs, alcohol and gambling.
Our clients include central government departments and agencies including:
- Department for Education
- Department for Culture, Media and Sport
- Youth Justice Board
- Welsh Assembly Government
We also work for local authorities, children's trusts, non-ministerial government departments, non-departmental public bodies, professional associations and charities including the Children's Society, Joseph Rowntree Foundation and National Lottery Commission.
We are able to offer a complete range of traditional and innovative research techniques, from large-scale quantitative surveys and evaluations (whether face-to-face, online or by post or telephone) to detailed qualitative research including depth and paired-depth interviews, group discussions, deliberative workshops and ethnography. Where appropriate, we will partner with external specialists in order to complement our own skills.