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Social Research

We use a variety of qualitative methods to gain insight and strategic understanding of people and issues – including ethnographic fieldwork and site visits, individual depth interviews, focus groups, community visioning, deliberative democratic research as well as desk research and documentary analysis.

Social research for policy development is about more than analysing content or information on a particular topic. We help our clients across all stages of program development, implementation and review:

defining an issue  
formulating the problem to be addressed  
specifying objectives and outcomes  
identifying decision parameters, including resources, timelines and audiences  
collecting information and insights,  and detailing options -  noting their social, economic, political, environmental, technological and legal implications  
recommending possible courses of action, including an evidence-based implementation plan  
evaluating the social impact of programs on people  

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