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Research - Hampshire Educational Psychology

At the forefront of Research and Development

Research service

Researching current practice has many benefits for schools and other agencies and is fundamental to outcomes improvement. It helps to:

  • Establish and highlight what works best for a particular type of child or client
  • Clarify the views of those delivering or receiving the services you provide
  • Enable you to compare and contrast the benefits of one approach with another

It also helps decision making about what directions to take by finding out what other people are doing, and how well it is working for them.

Overall, research:

  • Enables people to ensure their practice is evidence-informed
  • Can lead to cost-efficiency savings by establishing what constitutes best practice
  • Gives you a basis for justifying current practices or determining improved arrangements

In order to commission our services for a specific research project, the unit would want to establish a clear brief of what is required. We are more than happy to meet and talk through any ideas you might have, and can subsequently provide you with a research proposal and costing for the work.  Requirements can then be modified and agreed before the work commences.

The current cost of Psychology Research Associate (PRA) time is £350 per day.

If you are considering conducting a piece of research please read information about the research governance process on the Research and Evaluation Unit (REU) webpage.

 

  • Up-to-date information


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    We can find out what is currently known about most topics through our access to academic journals, university library resources and academic databases.


  • Literature Review


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    By conducting literature reviews we can establish what others are doing, what currently constitutes best practice, and what questions still need to be answered. This is a particularly important stage of research as current thinking can shape the design of the study, or may even provide answers.


  • Research design and advice


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    We can advise you on:

    • research governance and ethical issues,
    • how best to answer your research questions
    • tests or evaluation tools you could use
    • research methodology - interviews, focus groups, designing questionnaires, online surveys, standardised tests, sample sizes and data management.

  • Data collection


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    You can also commission us to undertake your data collection, whether it is running focus groups with children, parents, staff or clients, designing and processing questionnaires and standardised tests, or conducting video analysis.


  • Data management


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    We can help you manage the data you collect and also help you decide whether more data is needed and how best to collect it. We can input data or set up systems so you can easily manage and process data yourself. We can help you make sense of the data you have and turn it into meaningful information for you to reference.


  • Research report


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    We can offer advice on how best to present your research in the form of research reports and presentations.


If you are considering conducting a piece of research please read information about the research governance process on the Research and Evaluation Unit (REU) webpage.

 

Governance and ethics

The Research and Evaluation Unit (REU) holds responsibility for the Research Governance Panel within Children's Services. The panel consists of members from the REU, social care and local universities.

The aim of research governance is to ensure that all those involved in research are protected and that there are arrangements in place to identify and manage any risks involved.

If you are considering conducting a piece of research please read information about the research governance process on the Research and Evaluation Unit (REU) webpage.

 

 

What we can do

  • Literature reviews
  • Research design advice
  • Research Governance/Ethics advice
  • Data collection
  • Online surveys         
  • Data inputting
  • Data processing
  • Statistical analysis
  • Research reports and presentations

Contact us

Email: HEPS.research@hants.gov.uk

Tel: 01962 876233

If you would like to arrange an initial discussion.

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