We do research to provide our clients information that leads to wise decisions and improved results. Many of our research clients are in the public, non-profit, and philanthropic sectors.
Our methods are proudly qualitative, and typically focus on understanding the reasons behind people's views. Though our research results generally include numbers, we are particularly skilled at finding defensible answers to hard questions that numbers cannot explain. We use focus groups, interviews with key people, skilled observation, and written materials to learn about and write about change efforts.
We pay particular attention to the clarity and usability of our written research products. For research that involves documenting important civic change efforts, we often take a "learning with" approach, working in collaboration with those whose work we are studying.
While many sponsors of research require complete confidentiality because of the sensitive nature of their inquiries and findings, some of our research clients have conducted their studies publicly and have agreed to allow RKI to describe that work. A few of the research products have also been made public, and are available here.
For information about our involvement in teaching public school students how to do qualitative research on improving teaching and learning in their schools, visit Students Speak and Turn Up the Volume.
Visit our research reports page for samples of our work.