Using our peer research methodology we deliver a range of research, evaluation and consultation projects for commissioners including national government, local authorities and other not-for-profit organisations.
Groundswell takes a participatory approach to research. We work with researchers who have experienced the issues we are studying – either training up people locally, in the place where we are conducting the research; or from our own team. We involve people affected by the issues in all stages of the research process ensuring that findings are really owned by participants. Take a look at some of the research projects we have led or collaborated on on our publications page.
Groundswell delivers this work with the aim of creating the evidence that can make meaningful changes to systems, policy and services for people experiencing homelessness.
Models of research delivery
Groundswell delivers tailored research, evaluation and consultation projects for that are designed to meet the needs of participants while championing the voice of people experiencing homelessness throughout. Some models of delivery include:
- Delivery in partnership: projects can be delivered with a range of academic and not-for-profit partners either designing and delivering projects from start to finish or delivering sections of research, including fieldwork and consulting on the analysis. For example, Groundswell can deliver health needs assessments and audits for local authorities using standardised tools.
- Volunteer-led projects or staff researchers: projects can be delivered working with volunteer researchers or by experienced staff researchers who have been through homelessness themselves. Volunteer-led projects involve training and supporting people from a local area or who use a specific support service to deliver the project.
- Research outputs: the product of Groundswell research can be a report, an event or creating new materials, all designed to shed new light on issues. We always focus on practical recommendations and a clear and shared plan of action, so that delivering genuine change is the legacy of our research. We specialise in creating accessible materials and training for people who use support services.
Quality and ethical standards
Groundswell’s research team strives to produce good quality research that adheres to ethical and quality standards. Key principles include:
- Ethical Guidelines
- Data Protection
- Support for researchers
If you would like to find out more about the types of research and consultancy we can offer or would be interested in working with us, please email Martin Burrows, Director of Research and Campaigns: firstname.lastname@example.org.