Commissions requiring the facilitation of a research team have been extremely well received. Danielle takes time to listen to the logistical dynamics and political environment within which the data is gathered in order to support her team to work sensitively, efficiently and with rigour. Research areas have often utilised participatory methods and have so far focused upon youth transition, ethnic diversity, unemployment and NHS service improvement. Partners include but are not limited to The University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University, an NHS Commissioning Group and Westminster’s Work and Skills Board.
To give a flavour of the research facilitation service, a summary of two commissions are provided below.
Voices of our Future
The client was The Work and Skills Board of Westminster City Council. Partnering with a national charity, Danielle liaised with key stakeholders to plan an appropriate methodology. After training and facilitating a team of six peer researchers in research methods and data collection, mixed method data on youth employment services was collected across Westminster (n=200). There were three stages of data collection: interviews, a quantitative survey and focus groups. The research team were guided throughout the data gathering and analysis process to ensure relevant, good quality data was collected. Danielle facilitated the coding of data prior to analysis, before the findings and final report were presented to the Work and Skills Board, as well as several key stakeholders. This work has continued to inform youth employment services and online provision in Westminster.
The client was a large NHS funded community centre in Greater Manchester. Partnering with Manchester Metropolitan University, Danielle liaised with key stakeholders and colleagues to fund the project and plan an appropriate methodology. A team of ten bilingual researchers, employed as University staff, were provided with formal and ongoing training in research methods and thematic analysis. Training included an additional focus on maintaining trustworthiness whilst working with culturally diverse participants and during the translation of transcripts into English. Data collection was qualitative and transcripts and notes were translated from 11 different languages adding an additional layer of complexity to the research but enabling access to a more diverse sample (n=60). Conversations focused upon how the centre could better support the needs of a growing and ethnically diverse community. The research recommendations were used to inform the next phase of the organisation’s business strategy.
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