Published21st January 2014

Substance is an experienced social research co-operative working in the youth, sport and social development sectors. We help projects and organisations delivering personal, community and social development to improve and demonstrate impact and value.


Substance is a highly experienced research organisation that can help meet your research needs. Whether you are a national organisation looking for large-scale surveys to inform strategic development, or a local community body seeking a better understanding of your work and impact, we can help you. Our research experience is extensive and varied. We can deliver qualitative and quantitative, survey and case study work, national and locally focused research. Our work spans sport, outdoor recreation, media and popular culture, youth policy and social and community development. We often adopt an action research approach – working with individuals, organisations and policy makers to guide the process and embed research findings in their future practice and strategic development. We also use a range of technologies, including digital mapping, online data collection, and our Views projct management and impact reporting platform to make our research projects fresh and accessible.


We will tailor our research expertise to meet your requirements ” we do not adopt a one size fits all approach. Click on our services below to see what we can offer you and examples of previous projects: Case Study Research Surveys Participatory Action Research Digital and Interactive Online Mapping Young Persons Peer-Led Research Literature Reviews and Briefing Papers Textual Analysis Online data collection tools Data visualisation Views Platform

Existing Users

  • Big Lottery Fund
  • FA Premier League Charitable Fund
  • Ambition
  • Groundwork UK
  • Catch-22
  • MIND
  • Sport England
  • Inspiring Impact
  • Environment Agency
  • Robertson Trust

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