Monthly Archives: October 2014

Gloucestershire County Council Meeting the Challenge Consultation

Gloucestershire County Council (GCC) has been consulting with its communities and partners in recent times to test proposals in relation to changing the way it supports its residents.  Feedback received from this consultation process has been used to further develop and refine the proposals the Council has made, resulting in three draft policies: Active Communities, Active Individuals and Growing Older in Gloucestershire.
Enventure Research has been appointed to plan and deliver the second part of the consultation to help further shape the draft policies, issues and ideas and their implementation in Gloucestershire.

The consultation approach will take the form of a combination of focus groups and workshops with a cross-section of residents, service users, partners and community and voluntary organisations, gathering high quality evidence of views.  The research will seek to find out whether the draft policies are the right ones to deliver the Council’s change in approach and what the Council needs to change in the way it works and behaves in order to make it easier for communities and partners to work with them.
Upon completion of the research, final reporting will collate the findings and provide clear and practical conclusions and recommendations based around the three draft policies.

Surveying Visitors to NLWA Recycling Sites

 

Enventure Research has been appointed to undertake a Household Waste and Recycling Centre (HWRC) postcode survey on behalf of the North London Waste Authority (NLWA) and its constituent authorities.  In order to more fairly apportion the operating costs of each of the nine HWRCs in North London, NLWA wishes to determine the origin of visitors to each site across the London Boroughs of Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey, Islington and Waltham Forest.
Enventure Research’s experienced survey staff will accurately record the postcodes of all visitors delivering waste to each of the nine HWRCs on specified dates for the full operating day (including both weekdays and weekends), recording the date and time of each visit, and providing daily updates on survey progress and raw survey data.

Upon completion of the survey fieldwork, Enventure Research will provide NLWA with a report detailing all results gathered during the surveying, showing postcode data collected from each HWRC with a breakdown of numbers and percentages of users from each Borough.
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Enventure Enters Framework with Bolton Council and Partners

Enventure Research has entered into a Framework Agreement with the Borough Council of Bolton relating to Doorstep Engagement. In addition to Bolton Council, the Framework is also open to and may be used by other Association of Greater Manchester Authorities (AGMA) and Bolton Partners, which includes the following: Manchester, Stockport, Tameside, Oldham, Trafford, Rochdale, Bury, Salford, Wigan, Blackburn with Darwen, Blackpool, Cheshire East, Warrington, Commission for the New Economy, Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) and the Waste Disposal Authority.

As one of the small number of organisations successful in gaining a place on the Framework, Enventure Research will be offered the opportunity to tender for any future work against this Framework via a mini-competition process. Enventure is highly experienced in undertaking work of this nature and has successfully conducted many doorstep engagement campaigns, commonly related to recycling.

Enventure Research has previously worked with a number of the Framework partners and looks forward to continuing to do so into the future.

Enventure Enters Framework with Bolton Council and Partners

Enventure Research has entered into a Framework Agreement with the Borough Council of Bolton relating to Doorstep Engagement.  In addition to Bolton Council, the Framework is also open to and may be used by other Association of Greater Manchester Authorities (AGMA) and Bolton Partners, which includes the following: Manchester, Stockport, Tameside, Oldham, Trafford, Rochdale, Bury, Salford, Wigan, Blackburn with Darwen, Blackpool, Cheshire East, Warrington, Commission for the New Economy, Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) and the Waste Disposal Authority.
As one of the small number of organisations successful in gaining a place on the Framework, Enventure Research will be offered the opportunity to tender for any future work against this Framework via a mini-competition process.  Enventure is highly experienced in undertaking work of this nature and has successfully conducted many doorstep engagement campaigns, commonly related to recycling.
Enventure Research has previously worked with a number of the Framework partners and looks forward to continuing to do so into the future.

Successful Completion of Cambridgeshire Budget Planning Survey

Fieldwork being conducted on behalf of Cambridgeshire County Council (CCC) as part of its 2014 Business Plan Consultation has been completed successfully. The survey has provided valuable insight into residents’ views about priority areas for budget spending and perceptions of the Council which will help shape the authority’s priorities, budgets for the coming year and business planning.

 

The research was conducted via a doorstep survey with residents aged 18 and over across Cambridgeshire. A quota sample of 1,179 respondents were interviewed between 8 August and 11 September 2014.  Quotas were set on age, ethnicity, gender and working status. To identify differences between residents of Cambridge, East Cambridgeshire, Fenland, Huntingdonshire and South Cambridgeshire, between 153 and 352 respondents were interviewed in each area representative of the Census 2011 data. The fieldwork was conducted to time and all quotas were successfully met.

 

Enventure Research provided comprehensive reporting on the survey results, including a headline findings report and a more detailed final findings report. Cambridgeshire County Council has been very pleased with the way Enventure has managed the fieldwork and delivered the findings to the appropriate timescale throughout the duration of the project.  Enventure has been invited to present the findings to Councillors and Council staff during November of this year.

 

Enventure Research and CCC would like to express their gratitude to everyone who took part in the doorstep survey.  Enventure Research would also like to thank Louise Meats and the CCC Research Group for their help and support throughout the survey process.

 

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Gauging Opinions on the Future of Bradford’s Markets

 

Bradford Metropolitan District Council recently appointed Enventure Research to conduct research with shoppers to inform the future of its markets.  The Council’s current market provision in Bradford city centre comprises the management and operation of two indoor markets – the Oastler Shopping Centre and Kirkgate Market.  The markets are seen as an integral part of the overall retail offer in the city and have an important role to play in the future regeneration and success of business activity across the district.

Different future scenarios for the future of the existing markets have been identified (such as consolidation of the markets into a single venue, or relocation of both markets to a new venue).  The survey sought to measure the opinions of markets users and non-users regarding the future of the markets in Bradford, chart shopping behaviours, likes and dislikes of the currently market offer, evaluate current usage of the markets and explore methods to maximise opportunities to draw new customers into the markets.
The survey was conducted on-street with a random sample of 1,251 market users and non-users in a number of different sampling points.  In total, 500 interviews took place at each existing market site, and 251 took place with respondents that did not use the markets, or used them less than every six months.  Interviews were conducted by experienced IQCS-trained (Interviewer Quality Control Scheme) interviewers.  An online version of the survey ran in conjunction with the on-street interviewing, and was promoted via social media.

The research took place during August and September 2014, and the results revealed some interesting opinions and facts from shoppers about their shopping habits at Bradford’s markets and how they would shop in the future if the two markets were combined.

Exploring Leicester Residents’ Attitudes to Bowel Cancer Screening

Leicester City Council has appointed Enventure Research to conduct in-depth consumer insight research exploring attitudes and views of the public in relation to the National Bowel Cancer Screening Programme.  Bowel cancer, which is the third most common cancer in the UK, poses a significant issue for Leicester, with the area recording statistically lower one-year survival rates when compared to the regional and England averages, coupled with the lowest uptake rate of bowel cancer screening kits in the East Midlands.
The aim of the research will be to gather high quality evidence of public views, assessing awareness of bowel cancer and the National Screening Programme and exploring the reasons for and barriers to using the bowel cancer screening kits, which are distributed to all men and women aged 60-69 every two years.
The research will take the form of a series of focus groups and one-to-one telephone interviews with Leicester City Council residents who have used or are potential users of the National Bowel Cancer Screening Programme.

Upon delivery of the focus groups and completion of the telephone interviews, Enventure Research will analyse the results, producing a comprehensive written report for Leicester City Council which collates the key findings from the research.