Research and evaluation
It is often the case that social interventions that work on the ground to support local communities are poorly understood. They rarely benefit from big research budgets and lack delivery by expert researchers. By their nature these interventions are complex, making it difficult to understand their effectiveness through simple monitoring frameworks. At Renaisi we aim to address this problem.
We believe that social interventions should be evidence-based and that a significant element of evidence comes from those who are actually experiencing the intervention, either by delivering or receiving it. We see research and evaluation as a source of improvement and change, not a process that stifles creativity and delivery.
Our approach is to research social problems and highlight issues; to evaluate the projects we deliver ourselves as well as those of our clients’. We are determined to understand what works in a practical way and to encourage innovation and the piloting of new ideas.
What we do
- Apply a range of methodologies including interviews, focus groups, analysis of monitoring data and surveys – to enable us to extract quality data to inform our conclusions and recommendations.
- In-depth qualitative work – often necessary due to the complexity of the projects we research.
- Take a tailor-made approach to suit the intervention we are researching – as no two projects are the same.
- Research, review and relate – We do more than just submit a final report of our conclusions, we are constantly analysing and reviewing our findings in the context of our broader work and experience. We have a great understanding of what makes people and communities thrive and so we continuously strive to add value and insight to our work.