Monthly Archives: May 2017

Participation monitoring and doorstepping in Guildford

Guildford Borough Council has recently recommissioned Enventure Research to undertake a programme of participation monitoring and doorstepping, further to a number of successful campaigns conducted in previous years.


Monitoring will take place across ten collection rounds pre-selected by the Council to establish a borough-wide participation rate for dry recycling, refuse and food waste. Trained participation monitors will work alongside the collection crews, recording the households which have put out their recycling bins and caddies for collection on three consecutive collections.


The monitoring team will also establish levels of contamination, as well as monitoring side waste and excess recycling presented for collection. The monitoring exercise will help to establish capture rates for all materials, using waste compositional analysis provided by the Council.


The findings from the participation monitoring, which will take place during June and July 2017, will inform the subsequent doorstepping campaign. Enventure Research’s trained recycling promoters will approach 15,000 households, engaging with at least 4,950 residents (33%) to establish usage of kerbside refuse and recycling services, answer residents’ questions about the services and explore future service options. The team will use handheld tablet computers to administer a conversational style survey with residents and record their responses.


In addition to the face-to-face engagement, the survey will be hosted online to allow all residents within the target areas the opportunity to participate. Calling cards will be left by the engagement team at properties where it has not been possible to make contact, explaining how residents can access the survey and providing them with some basic information which they would otherwise have missed out on.


Reports will be provided to Guildford Borough Council upon completion of each phase of the research, detailing how the project has been carried out and the survey findings, as well as outlining clear conclusions and recommendations for future engagement activities.


Exploring media training demand for Leeds Trinity University

Leeds Trinity University has recently employed Enventure Research to conduct research to help identify media training demand for its School of Arts of Communication.


The School of Arts and Communication wishes to upgrade, redesign and refine its Continued Professional Development (CPD) provision in media training and promote it with the most appropriate clients within the region. It therefore needs to determine the local demand for CPD in the field of traditional and new (including social) media training from organisations in the public, third and SME sectors.


Enventure Research will conduct a series of 30 semi-structured telephone interviews with senior managers of relevant organisations. Working with the School of Arts and Communication, Enventure Research will design a questionnaire for use in the telephone interviews to gather information on current and future needs for media training and online PR management, gaps in the current training offer, and the most suitable marketing materials and delivery methods.


The interviews will be carried out by Enventure Research’s experienced research staff, who will then undertake thematic analysis in order to identify the main emerging patterns and themes. The findings will allow the University to develop a suitable marketing strategy and put together a comprehensive CPD offer.


Public perceptions of the relationships between universities and the police

Enventure Research has been appointed by Liverpool University to undertake a survey exploring public perceptions of the relationships between universities and the police. The research is being funded from multiple sources, including the Higher Education Funding Council of England and a number of universities and police forces.


The survey, developed in partnership between Enventure Research and Liverpool University, will explore a number of key topics, including interest in police matters, what is most important to the public with regard to police matters, and the role of university researchers in studying and producing knowledge related to the police.


The survey will be administered on-street by experienced Interviewer Quality Control Scheme accredited interviewers in 22 different sampling points across the North of England during July 2017. Two hundred interviews will be undertaken in each police area with quotas set to ensure that those interviewed are representative of each area.


Once all 2,200 interviews have been completed, Enventure Research will report back on the findings to Liverpool University and its partners.


NatCen Health Research Communications Focus Groups

Enventure Research is soon to begin working on a qualitative research project on behalf of NatCen Social Research, seeking to gain insight into motivations and barriers to participating in research and evaluating communications materials for the Health Survey for England.


NatCen, Britain’s leading centre for independent social research, conducts major research studies for government departments, universities and charities. It conducts the Health Survey for England annually with a sample of approximately 5,000 randomly selected households to track major trends in health. Selected households receive a letter and leaflet in advance to introduce the survey, which is administered face-to-face in the home. Following the survey, participants are visited separately by a qualified nurse to take physical measurements.


Participation in this survey has fallen significantly over the last two decades and feedback from interviewers has indicated that the communications materials sent to householders could be revised to increase participation.


To test new communications designs and elicit insight into motivations and barriers to participating in health research, NatCen has commissioned Enventure Research to conduct three focus groups with members of the general public. A representative sample of participants will be recruited on-street by trained IQCS accredited recruiters. Following the groups, a detailed interpretative report will be provided to NatCen, outlining the key findings and recommendations arising from the discussions.