We offer a unique blend of research, consultation and engagement expertise, with a proven record of delivering world-class high-quality research services. Our work centres on helping organisations improve both their workforce and their services to deliver better outcomes.
Experts in Designing Research
We know what works in research design, enabling you to get the most out of research using the resources available. We construct methodologies that secure high participation rates using our understanding of equality and diversity issues to ensure demographically representative samples.
Making a difference
Our research is respected, listened to and influences decision-making at local, regional and national levels. We take pride in our flexible, positive approach, producing research that is engaging, accessible, honest and stands up to industry scrutiny.
Producing robust evaluations
We have significant knowledge and experience in conducting process and impact evaluations at both project and programme level. In applying rigorous evaluation frameworks, we design proportionate, scalable and adaptable evaluation plans using logic models that explore impact.
In addition, members of our team are professionally trained in Social Return on Investment methods and have a wealth of experience in applying these as part of cost-benefit analyses.
We are skilled in the investigation of large-scale complex data, applying sophisticated analytical and interpretive knowledge to ensure findings are communicated in a way that is relevant and understood. We integrate primary and secondary information, drawing real meaning from data to produce compelling insights and effective recommendations.
Communication and dissemination
We synthesise and present our findings in ways that deliver incisive and relevant information. We want policymakers, stakeholders, partners and employers to be able to use our research to influence behaviour and decisions.
In accomplishing this, we place particular emphasis on clear communication and dissemination and, by exploring innovative ways of communicating beyond conventional published reports, we ensure research outputs are accessible and attractive to a range of users.
Police use of Out of Court Disposals to Support Adults with Health Vulnerabilities
Working with the Ministry of Justice on an 18-month research study on how Police forces use Out of Court Disposals (OOCDs) to support adults with health vulnerabilities.
Adult Health, Care and Wellbeing Core Capabilities Framework for Prison & Probation Staff
The health and care needs of individuals within Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) present some unique and complex challenges. Staff awareness and knowledge of health and care needs is a key enabler towards supporting individuals to seek treatment and improve their health and rehabilitation outcomes.
Ambit helped us think about how to align core G4S values with the main areas of organisational life, so we are able to offer excellent support and opportunities to those we care for and get the best from our people through ongoing development and recognition of their achievements.
Ministry of Justice
The Skills for Justice team were invaluable to us to deliver this result. This required exceptional support and project management from the team to bring several organisations together working to the strictest of deadlines. Staff feel more valued and have greater transferable skills. We are confident that they will progress their careers in the sector.
Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service
We feel valued as members with regular and worthwhile communication and visits.
His Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation
Our project was about trying to bring more rigour in. Checking what skills everybody needs, and making sure we’ve supported them in getting those skills. The ambition in working with Skills for Justice was accreditation – to design a bespoke customised certificate of achievement in inspectorate skills.
The Skills for Justice consultancy experts helped us, but also allowed us to speak when we needed to change things. They completely understood the needs of the sector, but most importantly, they understood how to accommodate the learning requirements within the really restrictive environments that we work in.