Social & Cultural Research

Bainbridge Consulting offers customised social research and cultural research throughout the Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, and Toowoomba regions. Our research investigates the behaviour, needs, attitudes, opinions, motivations or other characteristics of a whole population or part population in order to provide objective, accurate and timely insights and reliable indicators which support decision-making processes about social issues, environments and outcomes.

Cross-Cultural Research

Cross-cultural research compare culture to culture and explicitly aims to answer questions about the incidence, distribution, and causes of cultural variation and complex problems across a wide domain, usually worldwide. Such questions include information about: The patterns and sources of coherence in the practices, beliefs, social roles, norms, expressions, and forms of organisation and conflict in human communities, other forms of groups, and other extra-community trajectories; How much of that coherence is due to common history, language, and identity, common or recurrent modes of adaptation to recurrent human problems, recurrent consistencies in how language, discourse and expression, social and roles, norms and organisations constructed into shared cultures; What are the patterns of decoherence and disjuncture, misunderstanding and conflict that arise given the multiplicity and overlapping of cultures and cleavages and disjuncture of cultures.

Ethnographic Studies

Ethnographic studies are usually holistic in nature and founded on the idea that humans are best understood in the fullest possible contexts. These are the place where they live, the improvements they've made to that place, how they make a living and provide food, housing, energy and water for themselves, their marriage customs, what languages they speak and so on. Ethnography has connections to genres as diverse travel writing, colonial office reports, the play and the novel. Many cultural anthropologists consider ethnography the essence of the discipline.

Evaluation & Performance Audit

Evaluation and performance audit helps you make informed judgements about the value of your existing and future activities. We understand where to focus data collection and analysis, and how to report useful findings and recommendations that make a positive difference and benefit the public. We frame evaluations to understand and analyse what matters most, evaluating complex actions, impact assessments, future analysis and long-term planning in the face of uncertainty.

Motivation, Attitude, & Behaviour

Motivation, attitude and behavioural research seeks to uncover the basic family and social needs as economic decision makers and as human beings. We learn about the tangible and intangible ways that an individual, their family and friends interact with the wider society as a whole. By understanding this we can better tailor the services of organisations to match the needs or potential needs of the people they serve.

Policy & Procedure Review

As one of the most interesting, yet most complex areas, policies and procedures must be reviewed on a regular basis in order to remain current and relevant. The review cycle may vary depending on the policy type and its scope, but three years would be typical, and there must be no more than five years between policy reviews. Procedures are likely to be reviewed more frequently. Review dates should be set to allow adequate time for revision and approvals processes.

Political Research & Writing

We can undertake research on behalf of political parties, ministers, and elected members. This research can include regularly monitoring press releases, news media and parliamentary reports; identifying sources of expertise on a particular topic; writing reports, or briefing colleagues in person; drafting speeches or preparing questions; and maintaining files for future use.

Program Evaluation

Program evaluation is a systematic method for collecting, analysing, and using information to answer questions about projects, policies and programs, particularly about their effectiveness and efficiency. In both the public and private sectors, stakeholders often want to know whether the programs they are funding, implementing, voting for, receiving or objecting to are producing the intended effect. While program evaluation first focuses around this definition, important considerations often include how much the program costs per participant, how the program could be improved, whether the program is worthwhile, whether there are better alternatives, if there are unintended outcomes, and whether the program goals are appropriate and useful. Evaluators help to answer these questions, but the best way to answer the questions is for the evaluation to be a joint project between evaluators and stakeholders.

Stakeholder Engagement

To be sustainable, a decision, project or operation needs to be economically viable, environmentally responsible and socially acceptable. It’s all about the triple bottom line. We can help you understand the social impacts of your operations or projects, enhance stakeholder relationships and reputations and contribute to strengthening social networks and capacity. We do this by defining and contributing the ‘human’ perspective to decisions, projects, processes and policies; facilitating robust, defensible and meaningful stakeholder and community engagement processes; and assessing and managing stakeholder and community risks, issues and opportunities.

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