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SWO is available for bespoke commissions or as project partners. With a small core team, plus a growing bank of SWO Associates, we provide an efficient and flexible service at excellent value.

For more information on how SWO could help with your organisation’s needs, please contact Vinita Nawathe on /

Skills Offered:

- Quantitative / qualitative research design and delivery
- Data analysis and insight across policy themes
- Policy / research / data analysis advice and training
- Evaluation and impact assessment
- Strategy development
- Report writing

SWO can provide, or draw upon, expertise in:

- Local areas

- Economic development / economic appraisal / business analysis / labour market trends
- Housing and Planning
- Society and the Voluntary and Community Sector
- Environment, conservation and sustainability issues
- Culture, arts, tourism research.
- Public Health

Examples of recent commissions include:

- Qualitative interviews and report to support Board self-evaluation.
- Local area profiles
- Advice and guidance on the development of evidence-based decision making
- Local authority research team capacity enhancement; including project management