Expert research and consulting, advice and support
The CFRE team has extensive experience in conducting research and strong links with universities and research institutes. This experience results in our ability to provide expert research and consulting, support and service to agencies. We emphasise the importance of integrating research findings into practice, and our reports highlight practical recommendations for agencies to implement.
In this way, we prioritise gathering evidence and collecting data to inform decision-making.
OUR RESEARCH SERVICES INCLUDE:
Research that informs the design of programs or projects
Rapid evidence reviews to inform a theory of change
We conduct rapid reviews of evidence to inform a theory of change for program models. This process draws upon available literature and program documents to provide the current understanding of a theory of change and a synthesis of the strengths and weaknesses of the evidence alongside the presentation of key themes and mechanisms.
Environmental scans provide an organisation with contextual analysis needed to determine future goals and strategies. We conduct environmental scan reports that provide agencies with a snapshot of policy trends, availability of services and funding streams relevant to their community and areas of need.
Community needs analysis
A community needs analysis provides important insight into whether services are still matching the needs of local community and whether other agencies are also providing these same services. As desktop reviews rely solely on secondary data they can be provided in a relatively short timeframe. More extensive reviews also incorporate analysis from both quantitative and qualitative primary data collection from a community.
Data collection via surveys, interviews and focus groups
The CFRE team collect data from participants to inform the research and evaluation projects they undertake. Our practices align with ethical research standards, and work with participants always involves informed consent procedures and prioritises participant confidentiality and wellbeing. The team are respectful in all interactions with all participants and have extensive experience conducting interviews and focus groups with diverse groups and communities.
Quantitative and qualitative data analysis
CFRE have extensive experience in conducting data analysis on both quantitative and qualitative data. We undertake analysis using NVivo, SPSS and Excel. If necessary, the team are able to consult with academic partners to consider analysis options and processes. We are also proficient in interpreting and communicating results to a range of audiences in a range of formats.
Data synthesis leading to succinct findings and recommendations
The CFRE team is able to succinctly bring together data from a variety of sources and interpret and report on findings. A key priority of all work undertaken by CFRE is to ensure that research and evaluation projects produce usable findings that can inform future research and programs. The dissemination and communication of work is, therefore, an essential step in our process along with ensuring recommendations are achievable.
Read about our new research into Embedding Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Practices (EMELP) in family violence service organisations.
Read about our Rapid Evidence Review into Aboriginal Supported Playgroups.