BritainThinks/The Guardian: Battleground Britain

9th April 2015

Battleground Britain is a unique collaboration between BritainThinks and The Guardian ahead of the General Election in May. Described as one of the least predictable in living memory, we believe that it is not one election battleground but many. With the static, national poll results obscuring the complex and diverse stories in each constituency, it's more important than ever to understand what lies behind the numbers.

That's why we've convened panels of undecided voters in five key constituencies across the UK. As the election campaign unfolds, we're going to be conducting qualitative and ethnographic tracking research to understand how these swing voters are feeling about the election, what they're noticing of the campaign, and the factors that will impact on how they vote in May. We're running several focus groups with each panel and arming our panelists with a smartphone app to keep 'election diaries', as they go about their daily lives amid the din of the TV debates, canvassing and 24-hour news coverage.

 Reports

Media coverage

Fieldwork notes

Focus groups

Glasgow East

Taunton Deane

Dewsbury

Ealing Central & Acton

Thanet South

Election diary

Daily updates

Weekly Survey

20 Years in 12 Places: BritainThinks research for Heritage Lottery Fund

30th March 2015

We recently completed an extensive research project for HLF to look at the impact of lottery funding of heritage on local communities across Britain.

You can access an overview of the project, a full summary report and essay summarising the main findings, as well as a short film here.

Full data tables from the quantitative surveys can be found below.

BritainThinks/Guardian Battleground Britain: Cameron/Miliband TV Q&A

27th March 2015

As part of the our 'Battleground Britain' project with the Guardian, BritainThinks has convened a panel of 12 swing voters in each of 5 marginal constituencies across the country.

If you're interested in what they made of last night's televised Q&A with David Cameron and Ed Miliband, you can read our summary below.

Deborah Mattinson's 'Britain Thinks' column in Market Leader

27th March 2015

Deborah contributed her regular column in Market Leader, this time on the 'Battle of the Campaign Strategies'.

You can access this below.

BritainThinks/Guardian Battleground Britain: Ealing Central & Acton Wave 1

27th March 2015

As part of the our 'Battleground Britain' project for the Guardian, BritainThinks has convened a panel of 12 swing voters in each of 5 marginal constituencies across the country.

Our fourth focus group fieldwork note is from the Ealing Central & Acton constituency, which you can access below.

You can also read the Guardian's special report on Ealing Central & Acton here.

BritainThinks/Guardian Battleground Britain: Dewsbury Wave 1

26th March 2015

As part of the our 'Battleground Britain' project for the Guardian, BritainThinks has convened a panel of 12 swing voters in each of 5 marginal constituencies across the country.

Our fourth focus group fieldwork note is from the Dewsbury constituency, which you can access below.

You can also read the Guardian's special report on Dewsbury here.

BritainThinks/Guardian Battleground Britain: Taunton Deane Wave 1

25th March 2015

As part of the our 'Battleground Britain' project for the Guardian, BritainThinks has convened a panel of 12 swing voters in each of 5 marginal constituencies across the country.

Our third focus group fieldwork note is from the Taunton Deane constituency, which you can access below.

You can also read the Guardian's special report on Taunton Deane here.

BritainThinks/Guardian Battleground Britain: Thanet South Wave 1

24th March 2015

As part of the our 'Battleground Britain' project for the Guardian, BritainThinks has convened a panel of 12 swing voters in each of 5 marginal constituencies across the country.

You can check out the Guardian's live election coverage as it unfolds here - and keep an eye out for our researchers' fieldwork updates, which we will be uploading to the website after each focus group.

Our second focus group fieldwork note is from the Thanet South constituency, which you can access below.

You can also read the Guardian's special report on Thanet South here.

BritainThinks/Guardian Battleground Britain: Glasgow East Wave 1

23rd March 2015

As part of the our 'Battleground Britain' project for the Guardian, BritainThinks has convened a panel of 12 swing voters in each of 5 marginal constituencies across the country.

We're conducting three waves of focus groups and mobile ethnography exercises with our 5 panels ahead of the General Election. We'll be investigating how voters in these key constituencies are feeling about the election and what will decide their vote!

You can check out the Guardian's live election coverage as it unfolds here - and keep an eye out for our researchers' fieldwork updates, which we will be uploading to the website after each focus group.

The first focus group fieldwork note is from the Glasgow East constituency, which you can access below.

You can also read the Guardian's special report on Glasgow East here.

Paid internship at BritainThinks

4th March 2015

  

About the internship

Start date: Tuesday 7th April (with some flexibility)

Duration: 3 months

Hours: Full-time Monday to Friday, from 9am to 6pm, with the expectation that you will be able to work some evenings and early mornings

Pay: London Living Wage (£411.75 per week)

Application deadline: 9am on Wednesday 18th March

Interviews: Due to take place in the weeks starting 23rd March and 30th March

We are a young and fast-growing independent research consultancy which puts public and stakeholder opinion at the heart of our clients' thinking. Our research methodologies span all qualitative and quantitative techniques, and we have a diverse client base across the private, public and third sectors. We strongly encourage all potential applicants to take a look at our website for more information about who we are and what we do, including some previous reports.

We are looking for a bright, enthusiastic and hard-working intern to provide logistical support across the full range of our research projects and administrative support in the office. Interns at BritainThinks gain exposure to all elements of our work, including attending client meetings, seeing focus groups and workshops live in action, and feeding in to the brainstorming and analysis process. This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone looking to embark on a career in social and market research or in communications. We also have a strong track record of bringing on our best-performing interns as permanent members of the team.

About you

You must:

• Have an excellent academic record
• Have graduated or completed postgraduate studies in the past two years
• Have taken an interest in extra-curricular activities outside your studies or paid work to date
• Be able to use MS Word, Powerpoint and Excel to a high degree of proficiency
• Have strong communication skills, on paper, in person and on the phone
• Be able and willing to work full-time and some evenings or early mornings
• Be legally entitled to work in the UK

Ideally you would also have some previous theoretical or practical exposure to qualitative or quantitative research methodologies (e.g. through academic studies or work experience)

How to apply

If this sounds like you, please send the following to Raphael at rmalek@britainthinks.com:

• Your CV

• A one page covering letter, which sets out clearly why you're applying for an internship at BritainThinks, why you're right for the role and any previous relevant experience you have in managing a project or conducting research

Please send these documents together in one document with your full name as the filename.

We will notify candidates shortlisted for an interview by 6pm on Monday 23rd March. Please note that, while we will try our best to contact all unsuccessful candidates, this may not be possible due to high numbers of applicants.