About Research Plus+

Research Plus+

Research Plus+ was established in 1993 to provide quality research and evaluation services. It has been operating as a full time business since 2000. The partners are Jenny Wilding and Mark Barton.

Research Plus+ is a member of the Federation of Small Businesses, Buy Local Norfolk and other business networking groups.

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Jenny Wilding  Jenny Wilding thumbnail

Jenny has a BA(Hons) in Sociology. She is an experienced social researcher who has worked on a wide range of research projects in statutory, voluntary and academic settings. Most of the research has been geared to policy development and change within organisations.

She started her career working for Worcestershire Social Services undertaking a study of social need in Kidderminster, under the supervision of Birmingham University. In the mid 1970s she was involved in feasibility studies for and the evaluation of community work and youth work projects for the Community Projects Foundation. She also assisted with the production of a series of Community Groups Handbooks.

She moved to Leicester to work in race equality, first for the Leicester Council for Community Relations and then the Leicester City Council Race Relations Unit. This involved research and other activities. She then moved to Norwich, where she worked first for the Norfolk Probation Service, where she conducted a number of research projects and set up monitoring and information systems. She then undertook nationally funded research projects at Norwich City College and the University of East Anglia School of Social Work. In the late 1990s, she worked for Healthy Norfolk 2000 managing a range of health promotion projects.

Major projects prior to setting up Research Plus+ include:

  • A Department of Health funded project looking at families of children referred to Social Services due to concerns about emotional maltreatment or neglect.
  • A sample survey of over 16,000 households in Leicester designed to measure its ethnic, linguistic and religious composition.
  • A study of Asian parents’ attitudes to mother tongue teaching in schools.
  • A survey of Norfolk Probation staff.
  • A study of Norfolk magistrate’s views of the services provided by the Norfolk Probation Service.

She has also:

  • Worked with council departments to assist them in developing policies and procedures to promote anti-discriminatory practice in all their activities and carried out investigations into recruitment practice.
  • Been responsible for the project management of health improvement initiatives across Norfolk, working in partnership with a wide variety of organisations including user and carer groups.
  • Helped organise national conferences and other events and made presentations to a wide range of audiences.
  • Supervised MA students’ dissertations.
  • Set up monitoring and information systems.
  • Set up and developed specialist libraries / databanks.

Jenny is a member of the Social Services Research Group (member of the national executive committee 2001 – 2008 and Vice Chair 2004 – 2008) . Until they closed, she was a member of the Norfolk and Norwich Racial Equality Council and the Norfolk Mental Health Alliance 1997 – 2007.

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Mark has a BA in Combined Arts. He has experience of all stages of research work and is a trained market research interviewer.

He has particular expertise in handling complex data using Excel, SPSS and N-Vivo, and has trained people in the use of SPSS.

He is used to handling confidential and sensitive information and he assisted with the data input and analysis of four Department of Health funded research projects at the University of East Anglia.

He was an active member of his local area based community group. He played an important part in the survey of local residents, Planning for Real events, production of the area’s newsletter and the development of the local Community Plan.

Since 2009 Mark has been exploring the use of social media for business use. He has given talks on the use of social media in business and has been asked to contribute as a guest blogger. Mark is an active contributor to the research and business community on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook. If you are an independent researcher or work in East Anglia, Mark is especially keen to hear from you.

He is a member of the Social Services Research Group  (and was the Membership Secretary of its national executive committee for 3 years). He was on the executive committee of the local branch and region of the Federation of Small Businesses. In August 2012 he became a director of Buy Local Norfolk. He was a trained Shiatsu practitioner and ran a Shiatsu practice for many years.

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