Turning insight, evidence and ideas into action

Enabling Better Futures

Skyblue is a research consultancy with a passion for providing evidence that enables change. With over 50 years combined experience, Skyblue can add value wherever people or skills are involved. Whether we are using insight to improve programmes, or evaluating the impact of investments; the Skyblue team will use every ounce of their experience and expertise to your advantage. Whether advising on corporate structure or governance, generating business or commercial strategies or advising on evaluation frameworks; the team will look beyond the expected, and deliver with independence and rigour.

Whether commissioning short projects or longer term pieces of work, the team has the blend of skills, techniques and imagination required to truly deliver the evidence you need.

Our work can be captured under 4 key headings:

Public Health, Sport & Well-Being

Whether evaluating the difference sport can make to health and well-being, or quantifying the economic and social value from specific programmes, Skyblue has a wealth of experience upon which to draw, including social return in investment methodologies to answer the questions you need.

Whole Sport Planning 2017 and help with diversity target 

Impact evaluation of CSPs and sport and physical activity programmes Increasing participation; 

Talent pathways; 

Club development 

Public health links 

Encouraging more disabled people to participate

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Energy and Low Carbon

Alan Graver and his team have developed a key strength in evaluating Programmes and initiatives designed to create the workforce required to deliver the nation’s energy needs. Example projects include a 5-year evaluation of the Inspire Education Strategy for EDF Energy, where the team are intent on creating a set of resourceable recommendations for our client.

Evaluation of initiatives designed to stimulate the Low Carbon economy

Literature review of Energy and Low Carbon

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Major Infrastructure Projects

Linked to the Government’s Infrastructure Plan, Skyblue’s consultants are active in major infrastructure projects in construction, rail, engineering, nuclear and mega sporting events. Our work to date has included bid preparation, literature reviews, evaluations, and strategic consultancy.

Process evaluation to capture formative lessons learned

Bid writing and critique

Developing business cases

Assessing the impact of associated strategies

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Skills, Employment, Training and Careers

Capturing the change from investments designed to stimulate STEM activity, Apprenticeships, Sector Skills Programmes and the value gained from training activities. The team can deploy a full range of research, evaluation and consultancy techniques to arrive at an optimum blend of quantitative and qualitative evidence to push your business forward.

Understanding the impact on the ground from Government reports including the Perkins Review, Richard Review and Care Act.

Programme and Meta Programme evaluation

Literature review and international comparison

Workforce development studies

Market scoping and testing

Beneficiary surveys

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