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Research and Analysis

The information is in the people, not in your head.
- Edward T. Hall

Information is the key to success in every project or start-up. Accurate and relevant data combined with effective situation & stakeholder analysis will help you to target the right people, at the right time, through the right channels, with the right message- to achieve the goals you put for your projects.

We conduct research & analysis on a wide range of topics related to global development, such as poverty, gender equality, education, health, rule of law and human rights.

To improve the effectiveness of your projects and actions, we can offer you the following Research &Analysis services:

 

Qualitative Research

Seeks to explore an experience to discover, build and gain insights into human behavior, opinion, motives or attitudes through the use of observation or dialogue. In the result, you will not receive specific numbers but obtain information on the social, psychological and cultural aspects of the issues you study. Specific techniques include: focus groups, in-depth interviews, workshops.

Fee: from 300 to 500 USD*

*Qualitative Research costs are usually lower than the costs of quantitative studies. Thus, the average costs for conducting one focus group is from 400 to 500 USD (not including participants compensation costs), the average costs for conducting one in-depth interview- from 20 to 50 USD. Starting costs for conducing one-day seminar aimed at data collection and report production – from 300 USD. If a seminar is conducted as a part of needs assessment/feasibility study, with further pilot testing of the recommendations, the additional application fee will be charged according to the actual workload.  

Quantitative Research

This type of research is mainly used to collect specific statistically significant data on the subject of study: insights from stakeholders, target groups, businesses and social institutions. Quantitative Research is the formalized form of study, when a specific set of variables is identified from the start.  In the result, you receive definitive answers which you can attach values and measures to. Quantitative Research works well for the situations when preliminary hypotheses about the object of the study are already developed and information is needed to make decision or plan specific actions.

Specific methods of the quantitative research include face to face surveys, postal surveys, phone and online surveys.

Fees range from 10 000 to 15 000 USD* (average costs for the full cycle project, from the development of methods to report writing).

*Costs range depends on the methods applied and the sampling size.  Starting price for conducting one personal interview is from 600 roubles for one interview, on the basis of the developed questionnaire. In some cases, research optimization techniques can be used, to combine the benefits of several methods while avoiding the shortcuts of others. If needed, we can suggest several options for conducting research to adjust expenses without quality reduction. To calculate the exact price for the specific research tasks which are needed, please fill in the application forma and send it to us

Survey Questionnaire Design

Basic service needed to start any research project. The questionnaires are an important tool for gathering primary data. Poorly constructed questionnaires can result in errors and invalidate the research data. A well-designed questionnaire motivates the respondent to provide complete and accurate information, while sustaining the interest of the interviewer in completing the session. The Development Solutions will help you to effectively design your surveys and show you the methods to implement them in order to collect the relevant information regarding the current and future performance of your activities.

Fee: from 200 USD

Needs assessments / feasibility studies

Specific research tool aimed at assessing feasibility of the action or project you are planning to start. This technique helps you before you make that decision that is going to change your life, “Look before you leap”. Starting a new activity or a project is every person’s dream. However, proper assessment of main risks and prospects before you start prevent you wasting your time, efforts and money afterwards. Well-designed needs assessment and feasibility studies often serve and the generators of new ideas and projects and can be also used as a brainstorming technique in project development. 

Fee: from 250 USD

Desk Research

Desk Research - is a form of research which applies a mix of quantitative & qualitative techniques, where the information is collected using secondary data (i.e. gathering and analyzing data which was already collected by another person or organization). Secondary data can be found from a variety of sources – the Internet, newsletters, company annual reports, newspapers, database searching, associations/trade bodies or by ad hoc personal contacts.

Desk Research offers a number of advantages:

It’s a quick method of collecting information, Desk Research is easier than field research, secondary data is often ready to use and process. Open data from various state and non-state sources (statistical agencies, professional and expert organizations) are usually the main source of information for desk research. However, this method can have disadvantages: secondary data may not be recent, it might not be accurate and sometimes data is hard to find, depending on subject matter.

Fee: from 250 USD

Best Practices & Performance Benchmarking

This technique is used to consistently document and show the results superior to those achieved with other means, and that is used as a benchmark. In addition, a “best” practice can evolve to become better as improvements are discovered. Best practices are used to maintain quality as an alternative to mandatory legislated standards and can be based on self-assessment or benchmarking. To monitor best practices and benchmark performance, we can offer you pre-made ‘templates’ to standardize project process documentation, which can be used in reporting, monitoring & evaluation purposes later on.

Fee: from 500 USD