Collaborative Consultation Services
WellQuest offers a range of services to support your organization throughout the planning cycle of your initiative(s). NOTE:I use the term 'initiative' because it is broad enough to encompass programs, services, projects, and policies, as well as more complex combinations of these.
Research and Practice-informed Evidence
Research and practice-informed evidence are key to strengthening the design of your initiative. WellQuest can work with you to compile the following types of evidence:
- community assessment (a term I prefer to 'needs assessment', as a community assessment looks at assets/strengths as well as needs and gaps)
- environmental scans - learn what else is presently offered in your community, emerging trends that suggest potential future opportunities for your organization, context (political, social, economic, potential collaborators or competitors) - in order to better inform the focus and positioning of your own initiative, according to your strengths
- literature reviews - can be done at various levels, according to your budget, timelines, and depth of information you require for decision making - from brief overviews of key literature, all the way to in-depth and rigourous systematic reviews
- synthesis of statistical information from secondary sources (such as Statistics Canada)
- survey research - WellQuest has experience working with both private survey firms and university researchers to develop questions for both omnibus and custom surveys
- policy analysis - WellQuest can provide constructive critiques of existing policies (government or organization-level) and propose evidence-informed alternatives that recognize and respect the diversity of people who are impacted by the policies
- intervention research - This is focused on in-depth knowledge development that makes a long-term contribution to a field of work, in contrast to practical evaluation for more immediate decision making needs. It is usually done in academic settings, funded by research grants. With my doctoral-level academic background and Adjunct Associate Professor appointment in the School of Public Health (Centre for Health Promotion Studies), I can connect your organization with faculty members and graduate students who may have an interest in doing intervention research relevant to your initiative. In some cases, I may a collaborating consultant; in others, my role may be just to refer you on, depending on the research topic and available resources.