Action Research and Engagement

Do you need to know what your local community, or communities of interest, think, want and need?

We specialise in bringing the voices of communities into your organisation

What can we do for you?

How do we do it?

We use a range of techniques, from traditional focus groups and surveys to peer research and co-production. We tailor and adapt our approach depending on the desired outcome, but always try to ensure that it is interesting, engaging and beneficial for the participants.

Our team

Our team have extensive skills and experience in community engagement, questionnaire design, participatory techniques, data analysis, and both qualitative and quantitative research.

Why us?

  • We have worked in Hampshire for almost 70 years. Our extensive networks mean we can engage with people that others often struggle to reach eg. people with chronic illnesses/mental health conditions, people from BME backgrounds, young people.
  • We enjoy solving tricky problems. Many clients come to us because they have a problem that they don’t know how to resolve.
  • We are cost effective, with daily rates considerably lower than most commercial organisations. All profits are reinvested into the people and communities of Hampshire and Portsmouth.
  • We hold ISO9001, all relevant insurances, and have achieved Level 2 of the NHS/DoH Information Governance standard.

Recent examples of our work

  • Local Commissioning: The Experiences of Hampshire’s Voluntary Sector
    (Action Hampshire)
  • Hampshire’s ‘State of the Voluntary Sector Survey’
    (Action Hampshire and the district CVSs)
  • Health in Mid Hampshire
    (Mid Hampshire Better Local Care)
  • Series of focus groups with ‘seldom heard’ communities about changes to fire services (Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service)
  • Understanding the impact of fraud in the home on local older people
    (Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Foundation)
  • Researching housing need in rural parishes
    (Fowler Architecture & Planning, and variety of Parish Councils)
  • Understanding Users’ Experiences of Continuing Healthcare
    (West Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group)
  • Working with public health to understand barriers to health and wellbeing in Paulsgrove (Portsmouth City Council)
  • Panel survey of health and social care users
    (Hampshire County Council)
“We had a meeting yesterday to discuss the report – and I have to say we were all very impressed by the professionalism and quality of it. You have managed to explain the findings in a way which most people will be able to understand, and the data is all there to back up the conclusions.”
“… [your work has] really helped shed some light on what people are thinking, and has helped focus people on the priorities for 2016-19. Thanks very much for your help.
“All the proposals were passed, and your report was enthusiastically received. So thank you again so much for all your hard work.

If you think we can support your work, please ring us for a discussion:

Kirsty Rowlinson 01962 857355
Joanna Dixon 01962 857354