Untangling Government funding – Mapping employment & skills provision for local authorities

Government funding and support for employment and skills – sounds straightforward enough right?  Not if you’re a local authority.  Research Matters worked with the Local Government Association earlier this year to...

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Shining light on health inequalities – RM commissioned by The Health Foundation

Last month the Health Foundation launched the COVID-19 impact inquiry, exploring the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic for health and health inequalities in the UK. The inquiry will explore how people’s experience of the pandemic was influenced...

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Competitor Analysis Hijack! – The Lost Art of Competitor Research

Sometimes it can seem like in-depth, comprehensive evaluation of competitor activities has been hijacked.  It’s all about analysing the SEO traffic and online presence of peers. And it is easy to see why - with so many clever platforms and services...

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Quality Impact Evidence Summaries: Role Development

Research Matters has completed six Quality Impact Evidence Summaries (QIES), which review the evidence of the impact of developing new roles within the NHS.  Distinctively, impact on healthcare is viewed through the lens...

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Taxonomy of health care policy interventions for the NHS in England

Research Matters has published a working paper setting out the structure of the NHS taxonomy that was developed as part of the Quality Impact Evidence Summaries (QIES) project. (see link Taxonomy of health care policy interventions for the NHS in England; A...

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Rapid Evidence Review: NHS workforce retention

Retention is a current and complex workforce issue facing the NHS, with Health Education England (HEE) CEO, Ian Cumming, citing retention as the biggest single challenge in tackling NHS workforce shortages.[1]   But whilst the narrative about retention is clear and...

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Case Study: Bespoke market segment analysis for specialist health care provider

We have recently finished working on a really interesting project with a not-for-profit provider of specialist health care.  We were able to produce a single, consistent and qualified view of market and competitive dynamics for four target segments.  These were niche areas that are...

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Measuring performance of schools: progress or attainment?

Should a child’s PROGRESS or ATTAINMENT level be the main measure of a school’s success?  With UK Government policy increasing focus on progress (albeit secondary to attainment for now) and debate growing about a more wholesale shift, you can see why assessment of...

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Dimensions of confident business decisions

Amongst all the blueprints for making good business decisions, our experience has shown us that it frequently boils down to four basic elements: robust internal and organisational data; insightful and targeted external market and competitor intelligence; clearly articulated strategic and commercial objectives; and...

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3 reasons why rigorous research should underpin your thought leadership

Rigorous research is one of the important factors in creating high quality and effective thought leadership material, according to research by Source for Consulting based on interviews with some of the best authors of thought leadership in the world. Research helps...

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Ten years, ten tips – launching researchchatter

We are marking an amazing ten years in business for Research Matters - a good time for a refresh (new branding, new website, new blog …) and a moment to reflect. We’ve been thinking about what we’ve learnt after our first decade...

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Untangling Government funding – Mapping employment & skills provision for local authorities

Government funding and support for employment and skills – sounds straightforward enough right? Not if you’re a local authority. Research Matters worked with the LGA to map this provision to help local authorities know and access what was available in their area. Here is our final report: Mapping National Employment and Skills Provision.

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Shining light on health inequalities – RM commissioned by The Health Foundation

Last month the Health Foundation launched the COVID-19 impact inquiry, exploring the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic for health and health inequalities in the UK. Research Matters is thrilled to have been commissioned to conduct an evidence review as one of the strands of the inquiry, looking at how the public has experienced the pandemic.

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