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First Floor,
81-85 High Street,
Essex, CM14 4RR

t: 07815 289660

About CooperGibson Research

CooperGibson Research is a research and development consultancy. Our team members have 15-20 years of experience in both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies. We aim to provide insightful and actionable intelligence and evidence to help clients understand, make decisions and plan ahead. We have experience in conducting research with a wide variety of audiences, from hard to reach groups to all workforce levels, senior managers and CEOs.
We work with private, public and third sector organisations ranging from individual companies to national bodies to support their research, engagement and consultation needs. This includes schools, colleges and universities, employers and companies of various sizes, local authorities, professional membership organisations, government departments and related agencies, policy organisations, workforce representatives and charities. 
We are versatile, based mainly in North Yorkshire, with some team members in other regions and regularly deliver projects throughout the UK.
We often work within education, skills, training, employment, social care and public service improvement. We aim to support development of education and public service policy and practice and are passionate about improving educational experiences and well-being of children, young people and adults.
Our approach to each project is tailored to the questions you are trying to answer or problems you are trying to solve. Duration of the research, cost, sensitivities and accessibility considerations also need to be taken into account. Our services include:
Evaluation and impact assessment
Policy and strategic analysis
Learner and service user feedback
Staff feedback and customer insight
Identifying what works and best practice
Feasibility and exploration of new ideas
Cost-effectiveness and value for money
We design approaches using quantitative and qualitative methods. Many of our projects use multiple methods to provide rigour and quality in data achieved.
Our processes ensure that we provide a quality service and adhere to the Market Research Society Code of Conduct , GDPR, Data Protection regulations and  Ethical Guidelines (British Educational Research Association,  British Sociological Association). 

Surveys and opinion polls

Questionnaire design for a range of respondents, from young people to professionals and senior managers
Sample design from large representative samples to small scale projects
Survey distribution and analysis, using specialist survey software
Online, telephone, postal, electronic survey methods, including mobile compatibility 
Quantitative analysis using accessible tables, charts and graphs, easy to understand data interpretation, statistical tests exploring patterns and differences or similarities between sub-groups

Qualitative approaches

Our qualitative approaches can include very small projects to large scale longitudinal work (from a handful of interviews to 200 or more). We use a variety of analysis techniques, including thematic analysis, framework approach and grounded theory, content analysis and triangulation. Anonymised exemplars and case studies may be used to illustrate and add depth to reports, along with verbatim quotations.

Depth interviews
Focus groups, group moderation
Case studies
Observation techniques
Online groups/forums
Desk-based and literature reviews
Cognitive interviews
Participatory approaches
Content and thematic analysis using specialist analysis software

Quantitative approaches

Analysis of administrative and national datasets such as Census data, National Pupil Database, Individualised Learner Records, Labour Force Survey data

Action research

Improving knowledge, strategies and practice through practitioner-led research and development Training for practitioners, research design and development support,  analysis and reflection


Online methods
Forums and panels
Facilitation and management of workshops, seminars and round tables
Analysis and critical reflection of consultation feedback


Tailored reports
Briefing papers
Training and development guides
Articles and news items
Knowledge sharing events











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