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Ruth Townsley

Ruth set up Ruth Townsley Research in 2011, and leads the majority of our research and evaluation projects.

After completing a PhD in literacy development at the University of Sheffield (1989-1992), Ruth worked as a post-graduate researcher on several projects investigating early years education and university students’ experiences of HE.

In 1992 Ruth was awarded a two-year Joseph Rowntree Foundation research fellowship and began an eighteen-year academic career in policy research at the University of Bristol’s Norah Fry Research Centre (now the Norah Fry Centre for Disability Studies).  As deputy director (2003-2006) and acting co-director (2006-2007), Ruth played an active role in the strategic and operational management of the Norah Fry Research Centre, alongside leading on numerous national research projects, teaching on post-graduate programmes and supervising post-graduate research students.

From 1997-2004, Ruth also founded and led the Centre’s ‘Plain Facts’ team, which produced easy-read research summaries and won an award for its work from the Plain English Campaign in 1999.

Ruth continues her academic association with Bristol, Cardiff and other universities through joint research, consultation and occasional post-graduate teaching, supervision and examining.  She is also a director of Helix Research and Evaluation.

 

22nd May 2019: Ruth is unconnected to an individual of the same name who has recently attracted media coverage due to certain statements on social media.

 

Contact Ruth

We use qualitative, quantitative and mixed methodologies to deliver custom-made research and evaluation solutions.

We are experts at designing methodologies that answer our clients’ questions and help them to understand the outcomes and impact of their work.

We offer:

  • Qualitative research – telephone and face-to-face interviews, focus groups, case studies, ethnography and participant observation
  • Quantitative research – online and postal surveys, costs collection and analysis, cost-benefit analysis, population projection, prevalence estimates and analysis of future demand
  • Secondary data analysis – we can analyse and interpret your existing data, from surveys, interviews, or from your website and social media stats
  • Desk research and reviews – systematic and rapid literature reviews, evidence reviews and assessments, scoping studies and feasibility studies
  • Evaluation and impact assessment – exploring and identifying the progress, outcomes and impact of projects, programmes and policies
  • Reporting and dissemination – clear and insightful reports, summaries, presentations, articles, web content, easy-read pieces and infographics
  • Methodological advice, project management and consultancy – we can help you design and run your own research and evaluation, project manage your in-house research, or provide input and advice on your existing evaluation frameworks.

You can find some examples of the projects that we have done here.

Ruth Townsley Research is a Bristol-based social research company, established in 2011. Through a network of experienced researchers and associates, we offer a full range of high quality and cost-effective research, evaluation and policy development services.

We combine robust methodological expertise with strong sector knowledge in:

  • education and skills
  • public engagement
  • employment
  • disability and inclusion
  • children and families
  • health and wellbeing.

 

ruthtownsley

Ruth Townsley is our lead researcher and will be your first point of contact with our company. Ruth has over 20 years of experience in social policy research, evaluation and review work for national and international clients. She is an experienced project manager, with a strong and established track record of completing complex projects on time and within budget.

Ruth works in partnership with a team of highly regarded expert associates to deliver our research and evaluation portfolio.

 

22nd May 2019: Ruth is unconnected to an individual of the same name who has recently attracted media coverage due to certain statements on social media.

stevebeyer

Stephen Beyer (PhD, BSc) is Senior Lecturer at Cardiff University and Chair of the South West Employment Institute (SWEI). He is internationally renowned for his work on supported employment and has published widely in the field of disability and learning disabilities. We have collaborated with Steve on several employment-related research commissions, and he has taken the lead on our recent policy development and quantitative work for the Welsh Government to estimate future demand and costs of further education for young people with complex support needs.

carolrobinson

Carol Robinson (MBE, PhD, BA, CQSW) is head of Community Inclusion (Learning Disability) at the NDTi and has previously worked as a freelance consultant. Carol has undertaken a wide variety of research and development projects relating to both disabled children and adults and has published a number of books and articles on short breaks, employment and community inclusion. She is extremely skilled at working inclusively and has led on some of our research involving children and young people.

valwilliams

Val Williams (PhD, MEd, BA) is Professor of Disability Studies at the University of Bristol’s Norah Fry Centre for Disability Studies, where she was Head from 2013 to 2016. Val has researched, taught and published widely in the fields of disability, inclusion, education and communication and is currently executive editor of the international journal ‘Disability and Society’. Val has a key interest in conceptualising change in policy and practice, on the terms of disabled people themselves, and several of our recent research projects have benefitted from her focussed input and expertise.

cerichristianjones

Ceri Christian-Jones (PhD, BSc) is a freelance researcher, FE college lecturer and Safeguarding and Welfare manager for Special Olympics Great Britain. Ceri has a long-standing interest in research that helps to improve health and wellbeing and is fluent in spoken and written Welsh. She has taken the lead on delivering some of our Welsh Government-funded research interviews and publications through the medium of Welsh, to families, young people and practitioners living in Wales.

 

Naomi Williams (BA) is a freelance researcher who undertakes the audio transcribing of research interviews and focus groups for many of our projects.  Naomi’s speed, accuracy and ability to work to seemingly unfeasible deadlines mean we can deliver our analysis and reporting to clients on time and with confidence.