Research, Policy, Strategy and Evaluation

Inforation for Policy and Strategy 

Research begins when we want to know something.
Research is concerned with increasing our understanding. Research provides us with the information and knowledge needed for problem solving and making decisions.

Research is sometimes divided into pure (or basic) and applied 
research in order to make a distinction between research that is carried out to further our knowledge and that which seeks to apply pre-existing knowledge to real world problems.

Our focus here is applied research for decision-making  for policy. In this context the purpose of research is 'problem solving'.

Research for problem solving
Problem solving can be broken down into a number of separate components, each of which requires information and analysis:
  • identification of problems
  • diagnosis of causes
  • identification of potential solutions
  • decision for action
  • monitoring and evaluation of action and outcomes
Policy - How we can help
Policy Formulation Process
Once the policy area has been identified, our advisors can the assist in the identification and exploration of alternative policies and the help you select the most appropraite policy. Once a policy has been selected we can then help you with testing and implementing the policy.

Considerations
During the policy formulation process we will ensure proper particiaption of staff and stakeholders as appropraite. That the policy is in line with your organisaional goals and refelcets your business environment and is consistent with other policies you have. 

Finally we can help you to communicate your policy.
Information for policy-making will therefore serve one or more of the following functions.

Description - to provide baseline data or simply a picture of how things are.
Explanation (analytical) - to understand why things are the way they are, what factors explain the way things are.
Prediction - to predict how systems will change under alternative scenarios (modelling).
Prescription and planning (decision-making) - prescription and planning relating to changes in existing systems.
Monitoring and evaluation - monitoring and evaluation of the effects of changes during and after they have been made. Investigations may be made to compare results in practice with predictions, or to monitor the effects of a policy, management technique or treatment.
Key Elements of a Sucessful Strategy
  1. Elevate the issue (sustainability, resource use, waste, carbon, etc.) in company governance, including direct board oversight and accountability.
  2. Robust regular dialogues with key company stakeholders on sustainability challenges, including employees, investors, NGOs, suppliers and consumers;
  3. Open reporting on sustainability strategies, goals and accomplishments;
  4. Systematic performance improvements to achieve environmental neutrality and other sustainability goals across the entire value chain, including operations, supply chains and products.
Clients Policies, Strategies, Evaluations and Plans

Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust
  • Sustainability Strategy including Carbon Management Strategy
  • Sustainable Procurement Policy
  • Sustainable Travel Policy and Plan

Liverpool ONE
  • Sustainable Resource Management Strategy

Morgan Professional Services
  • Development Funding Feasibility Study

Groundwork UK 
  • Various youth and community programmes
  • NGO engagement and programme facilitation

Monitoring and Evaluation
Monitoring
is the collection and analysis of information about a project or programme, undertaken while the project/programme is ongoing.

Evaluation is the periodic, retrospective assessment of an organisation, project or programme that might be conducted internally or by external independent evaluators.