Research and Knowledge Gathering

We develop ideas to help you master tomorrow’s challenges and your organisation’s development.

Using knowledge in your business isn’t necessarily about thinking up clever new products and services, or devising ingenious new ways of selling them. It’s much more straightforward.

Useful and important knowledge already exists in your business. It can be found in:

          • the experience of your employees
          • the people you know and the networks you work in
          • your environment
          • the designs and processes you use
          • your plans for future activities,

The challenge is harnessing this knowledge in a coherent and productive way. Thats what The Social Learning Company can help you do.


  • Research Methodology Design
  • Primary and Secondary Research
  • Background Research
  • Literature and Data Reviews
  • Competitive Analysis
  • Market Analysis
  • Data Analysis
  • Information Synthesis
  • Questionnaire Design
  • Online eSurveys
  • Telephone Interviewing
  • Face-to-face interviews
  • Facilitation of Focus Groups
  • Report Compilation
  • Research Presentations
  • Results and Implementation Workshops
  • Document production for Marketing and PR
  • Implementation Methodologies and Plans
  • Hand-holding Assistance
  • Project Management

These are some of the research projects we have delivered recently:

Grow the Sector not just the Apples” – a research project for Forth Environment Link, Stirling – we carried out over 30 of interviews to collate views on the development of a national top fruit orchard initiative. This formed a basis for further research carried out by SKS Scotland. Click here for a copy of this research document. (2013)

“A Recreational Development Plan for Fauch Hill Wind Farm” for London-based firm, European Forest Resources – which forms part of French energy organisation The Louis Dreyfus Group. Near West Calder, Scotland, Fauch Hill farm is located on the edge of the Pentlands Regional Park and we developed community sensitive proposals for the development of landbased recreational and training facilities to enhance to use of land around the wind turbines.

Strategic Development of  SVQ Centre for The Community Resources Network Scotland (CRNS)  with support from the Scottish Funding Council, and in conjunction with Jackie Scutt  of Time and Tide, we developed a methodology to enable CRNS to establish themselves as an SQA centre to deliver SVQs.  CRNS represents recycling and re-use organisations (mainly social enterprises) across Scotland on issues of sustainable community resource management.

“Mapping Tourism Asset Resources in West Lothian”  – we project managed this exciting asset mapping project with a team from SRUC Oatridge, led by Niall Evans and colleagues. We researched thousands of local tourism assets from those of geological and environmental interest, heritage assets from the Neolithic to the modern age, … a total compendium of assets to enhance the knowledge of tourism sector in West Lothian.

“Access Improvement to the Hopetoun Estate” with colleagues Sarah Reay and John McGregor we produced a researched report  providing evidence of access restrictions and areas for access change to enable better visitor management on the estate.

“E-Learning preferences of employers in rural Scotland” for becta (originally known as the British Educational Communications and Technology Agency) we carried out research through personal discussions, group sessions and on-line surveys to gather recommendations for the development of e-learning systems for the landbased sector. (2009)