What are we?
We are a research and evaluation service which provides market research, project monitoring and evaluation, research consultation, desk based research and community based services for commercial business, social enterprise and community groups – we believe everyone should have access to the tools and advice we offer.
How About? believes in insight for all – not just those who have the money or can understand the myriad of academic language and project buzzwords, but for everyone. We believe:
- Research should be accessible, fun and engaging – not just how we collect data but also how we present findings – you won’t need a glossary to understand them
- A good research strategy is key to project success – We want you to have a successful and productive project – we can make that happen
- Business should be conducted collaboratively – We are believers in a collaborative economy! We will work alongside you to find the perfect solution for your project or business.
- People, Planet and Profit – We are a sustainable and profitable business which wants to make a positive impact in people and our environment.
How About? was initially set up in response for the need for various research services across the third sector – especially community groups and social enterprises with the basic idea of making these services available for all… removing obstacles that prevent these services being used such as expense and inaccessibly.
Who are we?
Peter Blenard – Founder and Project Manager
Peter is an experienced and knowledgeable researcher and project manager with experience in project evaluation, community development, and social impact.
He has been working in the third sector for the past eight years in project management and co-ordination and for the past five, his role has been to manage and co-ordinate the research provision of Eden Project Communities (Previously Big Lunch Extras) to help inform stakeholders on it’s social impact as well as to provide a quality assurance mechanism to examine the strength and relevance of the programme’s content.
In his spare time, as well as spending time his family, he enjoys filling his head with film trivia and playing piano.
We work alongside…
Anna Barker – Freelance Researcher
Anna has been involved with community engagement for the past 10 years since she was involved in a community allotment and has since been involved in to the third sector. Through this she really harnessed the power of social media as means to break down barriers that prevent people from being part of a community.
Anna has been involved in a social enterprise for the past 4 years called Go Real based around the promotion of the use of real nappies and since last year, has been the director.
When Anna isn’t busy with running a social enterprise or How About?, she is a gym instructor who likes walking in the woods, going to the theatre and spending time with her family.