helping out

 

Something needs to be done, but you don’t have the time to do it yourself, with all the rest of the things you need to do?  Or you need a fresh pair of eyes on something?  We are able to step in and take the load off your shoulders.

Whether it is as limited a task as proof reading a major report or helping with writing a competitive tender, or whether it is researching in detail a particular topic of interest to your organisation, we are able to help.

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Research is at the heart of everything Plantagenet Consultancy does – taking a research question and exploring it through numerous techniques including literature review, exploration of public statistics, delving into internally held data sets, surveys, expert interviews, observation and stakeholder engagement. 

 

Recent projects have included such well known techniques as walking around looking in shop windows (very valuable for the client), depth interviews with international experts, drawing out statistics from a range of different sources to combine into a common data report, helping others to design complex survey instruments, including advice on piloting those survey instruments, following the course of a river and public consultation.

 

Plantagenet Consulting can either undertake a whole research process for you, or work with you to undertake parts of the research that you don’t want to or are unable to.

 

You’ve got a lovely big data file, but what does it all mean?  We can help you sort out what is important—we are not afraid of the technical concepts like confidence intervals and hypothesis testing, and having taken that into account, can give you real results that mean something.  We have SPSS for those large and unwieldy data files, as well as Excel for more accessible data manipulation.

 

We won’t chuck phrases at you like data mining, predictive analytics and Big Data – that's jargon.  If you ask us about any of them, we will be happy to explain their use and when they are relevant.  Overall they are not particularly our scene, and if you are looking at Plantagenet Consulting, it is probably not what you are after either!  We will do what we can with the data you share with us, as required, give you ideas on how to improve its collection and management, and will help you to interpret it as well.

 

We have designed management information systems for small organisations, to help regular data collation and presentation flows, and provided support for those systems.  Do contact us if this of interest to you.

 

 

Do you want or need to find out the latest thinking on a subject but don’t have the time, energy or language skills to get that oversight yourself and from more than just an Anglophone perspective? Plantagenet Consulting has undertaken literature searches for clients on a number of subjects including aspects of higher education and regulatory practice and strategy.  In addition we have a number of continuous horizons scanning activities on the go all the time, to support small business and social enterprise support and our consultancy work with some not for profit organisations.

 

We are happy to review literature in English and French and (with a bit more effort) German as well.  We do not rely on on-line translation systems, but do use Google Scholar, Google Alerts, and non-learning search engines.

 

 

More than ever, funders are looking for evaluations that set out not just input and output measures but that look for the impact of your projects.  The Plantagenet approach helps you to identify where and how you have made a difference.

 

We have found the logic chain approach to be particularly valuable (it may also be known as logic modelling or theory of change, depending on who you are talking to).  This structured approach starts from what you want to do and why.  It then helps you to decide what activities you are going to undertake, what inputs you need to do them and what the immediate outputs will be.  You then need to think through what the outcomes and potential impact of those activities might be, and finally how you are going to measure those outcomes and impact.

 

If done at the outset of a project or programme of activity, this process will help you to ensure that baselines are established and data is collected from the outset.  It also gives you a framework within which to demonstrate that you have done what you set out to do.

 

The approach can be applied later in the project or programme, with certain success, although going back to find missing data and baselines can be complex and consequently expensive!