We are pretty nerdy about wellbeing so we like to run our own studies into what works. You can find links to some of our work in the Training section. Our enthusiasm for figuring things out spills over to into developing your research services too, and we often start by working out what questions are useful to you. Part of our service means we collect and analyse data, make recommendations, write reports and publications, and if you want to brush up your skills in presenting evidence we can do that with you too. We work alongside you to help you develop the capacity in your workplace so that you have the skills and knowledge to undertake your own research.
We work with government, business enterprises, public, third sector and voluntary organisations to discover how we can enhance wellbeing. We can lead research projects for you and/or work alongside you to help develop your capacity to understand and conduct your own research. Our expertise includes:
- Original studies and evidence gathering
- Service Evaluations
- Service Reviews
- Analysis of findings
- Locating innovation and creativity in the evidence
Methods & Methodologies
- Qualitative data collection – particularly qualitative descriptors for resilience and wellbeing using Grays (2016; 17) model
- Development/production of qualitative analysis frameworks
- Qualitative data analysis
- SWEMWEBS to ascertain mental wellbeing
We use a range of methodologies, these include grays best self/periphery experiential model and, PDSA, Action Research, OD/OL, Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis, case studies, auto-ethnography, and constructivism/co-production.
We follow current ethical and legal practice and all information is handled in confidence. This means that unless we are given permission to do so, the name and details of those participating in research and evaluations are anonymised. The only time we may breach confidentiality is where we have a statutory duty to disclose. For example, if we feel that those participating might need help, and/or where we believe that harm may come to others.
All of our data is anonymised and stored/saved as per GDPR requirements. We are registered with the Information Commissioner.
While we do not envisage being part of our research or evaluation studies may cause harm or distress, we ensure that all participants have access to support should they need to discuss any issues arising out of participation. We also ensure that the wider research team and management group are experienced and sensitive to the needs of participants who may be vulnerable.
Participants to research and evaluation are recruited in conjunction with those commissioning studies. All participants are free to withdraw at any time from any element of the study without the need for explanation. Any anonymised information that is already collected may be used, if participants are happy for this to be done. Otherwise participants may request that information is destroyed and no further use is made.
All participants are required to sign a fully informed consent form. This means that details of the study in terms of what it is about, how the data will be used, how knowledge will be shared, provisions for withdrawal and confidentiality are provided before consent is given.
Where possible the reports and papers from our evaluations are submitted to academic journals and conferences. We also provide articles for professional journals and share findings through workshops, seminars, social media and public engagement activities. We ensure we have permission to do this from those participating and commissioning studies.
Publishing our work
We often fund and publish our own studies, below you will find references to some of them:
Gray. D. (opens in a new tab), Jones. K. (opens in a new tab). K. (2018). The resilience and wellbeing of public sector leaders (opens in a new tab). International Journal of Public Leadership, https://doi.org/10.1108/IJPL-09-2017-0033
Gray, D. (2018). Wellbeing: A compassionate approach to the workplace. Sowing the Seeds. Wales Leadership Academy, Welsh Government
Gray, D., Jones. K. (2015). Using Organisational Development and Learning methods to develop resilience for sustainable futures with SME’s and Micro Businesses: the case of the ‘Business Alliance’. Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development [in press 2015]
Gray, D., Burls. A., Kogan. M. (2014). Developing a Saltuogenic model for coaching practice: the findings of a proof of concept empirical study. International Journal of Evidence-Based Coaching and Mentoring
Gray. D. (2016). How to unlock your inner resilience (opens in a new tab). The Conversation. September 30, 2016 3.26pm
Gray. D. (2013) Collaboration and Reciprocity. The Training Journal. Commissioned article
We utilise a range of technologies in our engagment work. These include:
- graphic facilitation
- big conversations
- generative world cafe methods
- action learning sets
- best self wellbeing workshops
- team wellbeing
Our engagment sessions are bespoke to the people who commission them, which means you are brought into the design process from the begining. We ensure that the outcomes of our engagment sessions align with the purpose of the sessions too.
The intelligence we generate from these sessions is really useful to have when you are reviewing and developing services, need to include people who have expert knowledge but sit outside of the groups you work with, and/or want to engage staff with setting the culture and direction of the workplace.