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Generate knowledge that will guide you, as you develop evidence-based pathways toward social impact.

Locating the evidence

Evidence-based approaches are key to effective social impact work. Without them, we may be wasting our time and resources – or worse, doing harm by further embedding social problems.

We can assist you to locate and make sense of the evidence that is relevant to your work. Sometimes the evidence is internal – the information that sits within the data you hold, or the practice wisdom of your team. Sometimes it is external – literature, third-party datasets, or the insights of your stakeholders. We bring the evidence together and report on it in a form that you can use.

Qual and quant

We are great with stories as well as with stats. We undertake new primary research – helping you to collect data through interviews, focus groups, surveys, workshops, observation and more. We undertake specialist analysis of datasets you hold, and link datasets together for additional insights. We undertake literature reviews and research synthesis, and work in collaboration with academics. Our preferred approach is participatory research in partnership with your team.

The need for new thinking

Albert Einstein said “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them”. The social problems that we are working to overcome are complex and entrenched. We are keen to partner with you to develop new thinking, new frameworks and new approaches for achieving positive social outcomes.

Our experience

Lirata's consulting team have been supporting social purpose organisations to conduct research since 2010. Our consultants are skilled qualitative and quantitative researchers who are great at engaging people in collaborative data collection and sense-making. We work with complex education, health and community sector datasets daily.


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Kathryn Robb
Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning Manager
Djirra

As an Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation, design and evaluation processes have had a long history of being externally imposed and top down. We chose Lirata as we wanted to work with external consultants with the right technical skills but who also understood the importance of participatory processes and relational ways of working. Lirata brought both of these aspects to the Evaluation Needs Assessment and the process and findings they led have set up the foundations for future monitoring/evaluation & learning work at Djirra.

Lirata were a good fit for Djirra and we continue to touch base and see them as accompanying our MEL journey rather than just providing a one-off consultancy product.