Social Research Services
BDO EconSearch has provided social research services since 2014 and has a dedicated social scientist to lead this service. Our approach is built on a foundation of mixed qualitative and quantitative methods which we combine into optimised research designs and inform with solid evidence by asking the right questions of the right people. Our collaborative approach, combining economic and social expertise, enables us to produce integrated socio-economic solutions to meet the needs of our clients.
We have developed and monitored social indicators for application to a range of industries, sectors and groups. Our social indicators provide a scientific and systematic approach to monitoring social situations, their trends and possible drivers. They can provide a snapshot of a particular point in time when used to compare against the wider population, or they can be used to monitor change over time. They can also be used to evaluate the effectiveness of a particular intervention.
We use both standardised and bespoke indicators, depending on the needs of our clients.
Wellbeing and mental health indicators
We use broadly accepted indicators of wellbeing and mental health to understand how different activities and lifestyles are associated with different levels of wellbeing and mental health. These indicators can provide a snapshot of a particular point in time when used to compare against the wider population, or they can be used to monitor change over time. They can also be used to evaluate how interventions may impact wellbeing and mental health.
In addition to our cost benefit analysis and multi-criteria analysis program evaluation, we also provide a social approach to program evaluation. This is in the form of a social cost benefit analysis which monetises social benefits and costs and/or it can focus on engaging stakeholders to gather credible evidence to evaluate outcomes and impacts. Our social approach to program evaluation focusses on stakeholder perceptions, values and experiences.
Social impact assessment
We undertake comprehensive social impact analysis (SIA) to provide the basis for ensuring that a proposed project results in positive outcomes for both the proponent and affected communities. Our SIAs improve the chances of achieving and maintaining a social licence to operate, reduce project risks and costs, enhance the reputation of the proponent, ensure smooth development approval and reduce the likelihood of unanticipated social impacts that may disrupt operations. We apply best practice methods that adhere to international and national standards and guidelines.