Research & Evaluation

At Prevista, our team takes a very practical and applied approach to research and evaluation.  We work closely with our customers assessing every assignment individually in terms of its aims, objectives and scope. We produce the most appropriate design for each project whether this involves using exclusively quantitative research or evaluation throughout the project cycle. Our services include:

Quantitative Research
Experienced in the design, conduct and analysis of quantitative research through survey based methods. Using SNAP survey software to design, collate and analyse information.  SNAP can be used to design online surveys and also for Computer Assisted Telephone Interviewing (CATI).

Qualitative Research
Our team is experienced in conducting focus groups, observations and interviewing. We also have experience in facilitating stakeholder consultation sessions.

Formative Evaluation
Intended to support the development of a project, our work is closely aligned with process evaluation. We provide recommendations for actions which can improve delivery of a particular project before its completion.

Summative Evaluations
Focus on assessing the effects or effectiveness of a project intervention

Track Record

Here are some highlights of the broad range of track record Prevista has in research and evaluation:

Catch 22
Evaluation of Engage in Education Programme
Prevista delivered a clear and robust impact assessment of the Catch 22’s programme of specialist services designed to increase the attendance and attainment of pupils most at risk of exclusion from school. Gathering evidence from delivery in Manchester, Newcastle, Bristol, Croydon and Essex, Prevista worked with a range of Catch 22’s partners to also make recommendations to inform future delivery. As part of the evaluation Prevista ensured the evidence captured was translated into a video; you can view it here >>

Paddington Development Trust
Creative Futures Evaluation
Prevista applied a logic chain approach based on inductive case study design blending qualitative and quantitative assessments and data. The Creative Futures project set out to address the barriers to innovation faced by London’s creative businesses and support to commercialise their creative content. The evaluation report drew from desk-based reviews, semi-structured interviews, surveys and focus groups with creative business.

S.O.S.
South East of England Development Agency
A combined research and evaluation commission by South East of England Development Agency (SEEDA) to identify best practice and evaluate the ESF funded project working with those furthest away from the labour market. The research included beneficiary surveys, of which a substantial proportion were small to medium sized businesses based across the South East region. Results and findings informed lessons learnt and best practice emerging from the project. This was later supported with formative evaluation surveying beneficiaries, partners and project management staff. A combination of telephone interviews and secondary data analysis was used to inform all reports.

Waltham Forest Culture Project
London Borough of Waltham Forest

Prevista was commissioned by the London Borough of Waltham Forest (LBWF) in February 2010 to assist in the transformation of the cultural offer within Waltham Forest. The assignment included an intense period of familiarisation and desk research of local, regional and national strategies and best practice, followed by a series of consultations and meetings with the client group and key stakeholders. An analysis of the research and consultation provided the foundation for the development of an outline ‘Cultural Route Map’ with commissioning and delivery options for LBWF.

InMidtown
Business Improvement District Travel Survey (Holborn)

The aim of this survey was to identify the travel needs and patterns of people working in the Holborn BID area and to inform improvements to travel – particularly to ease congestion around the Holborn underground station. The first stage of the survey was undertaken between July and September 2009 using a variety of survey methods which included street interviews, self-completion either using the internet or in the street, at a foyer event or through telephone interviews. A second wave of the survey was conducted in October 2010.