Our research interests, experience and capability cover most areas of recent and current government policy and its delivery at national, regional, and local level. We have recently investigated issues relating to the Ofsted inspection framework in the education sector, childcare, young people’s participation in work, youth unemployment and many other policy areas.
For example, we have provided mystery shopping for children’s centres, explored views of school uniforms and the wider costs of schooling for the Welsh Government and have recently conducted a qualitative/quantitative research project on behalf of the National College on issues such as Academy Conversion, and with the DfE and GLA on School Improvement in London.
Many of our projects have involved one-to-one work with children in schools. We therefore have staff who have enhanced CRB clearance for working with children and other vulnerable groups, and all of our research and field staff routinely have CRB clearance at the non-enhanced level.