Case Studies

Making the Connections Project: Barriers to Public Engagement
WAG logo The main objective of this study on the Barriers to Public Engagement undertaken for the Welsh Assembly Government was to understand the institutional, economic and social barriers to engagement across the Public Sector in Wales. ORS undertook 100 in-depth telephone interviews with Council officers, community representatives and the voluntary sector, including interviews across all equalities streams. Read more...

Development of a Rural Health Strategy for Wales
NLIAH logo National Leadership and Innovation Agency for Healthcare (NLIAH) commissioned ORS to undertake an innovative programme of consultation to contribute to a rural health strategy for Wales. The project involved consultation with clinicians, diverse focus groups with the general public and special interest groups across Wales, discussion forums at agricultural shows and detailed analysis of feedback forms. Read more...

Supporting the Inequalities in Health Fund Research Projects
NHS Wales logo Provision of evaluation support and training to 62 Inequalities in Health Fund Research Projects – involving support to middle and senior clinicians and managers on wide range of health promotion projects across the whole of Wales. In particular, the work covered medical ethics, research design, surveys and sampling, qualitative research, report writing and evaluation. Read more...

National Cultural Audit survey for UK Fire and Rescue Services
Scottish Executive logo ORS was commissioned by the Scottish Executive and Chief Fire Officers’ Association to develop and implement a UK-wide National Cultural Audit survey for Fire and Rescue Service personnel, including systematic benchmarking comparisons. The project has been successfully implemented for the eight Scottish fire services and is now being used by fire services across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Read more...

Hampshire Combined Fire Authority and the Isle of Wight Council
Hampshire FRA logo Isle of Wight Council logo ORS designed and implemented a programme of employee, public and stakeholder consultation regarding the proposed combination of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Services. ORS worked for both fire services also to the Department for Communities and Local Government. Read more...

Greater London Strategic Housing Market Assessment
GLA logo An important all-London assessment commissioned by the Greater London Authority (GLA) to identify the number and mix of dwellings necessary to meet current and future housing requirements across the region. The study builds on the previous Greater London Housing Requirements Study successfully completed by ORS in 2004. Read more...

Exeter and Torbay Strategic Housing Market Assessment
Devon CC logo A Strategic Housing Market Assessment for the housing market areas of Exeter and Torbay which cover five local authorities and Dartmoor National Park Authority. The study was based on a sample of 3,740 personal interviews and was fully compliant with all aspects of the March 2007 CLG Practice Guidance. Read more...

Milton Keynes Continuous Housing Assessment
Milton Keynes Council logo A unique project commissioned by Milton Keynes Council and jointly sponsored by English Partnerships to actively monitor the constantly evolving Milton Keynes housing market. 2,400 personal interviews were completed in early 2006 as a base sample for the study, with a further 800 personal interviews are being conducted each subsequent year to accurately monitor annual changes in the housing market. Read more...

Derbyshire Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment
Derbyshire CC logo ORS was commissioned by Derbyshire Travellers Issues Working Group (TWIG) to undertake a Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment to assess the needs of Gypsies and Travellers over the next five years, including the needs of Showmen. The study covered Derbyshire County, Derby City and all of the Peak District National Park. Read more...

Public Consultation on Hospital Reconfiguration in Hertfordshire
NHS logo ORS was commissioned to undertake an independent analysis of over 6,000 complex public responses about controversial hospital reconfiguration plans outlined in the consultation document, Delivering Quality Healthcare for Hertfordshire. The findings were presented to the PCT Boards and enabled decisions to be taken without fear of judicial review challenges, which earlier had looked likely. Read more...