Welcome to CFE Research

Where innovative thinking meets research and evaluation expertise



When you work with us, you’ll benefit from the depth of policy knowledge and methodological expertise that makes us one of the UK’s leading independent research agencies.

Passionate about effective research and evaluation, we take a rigorous, robust approach to a range of projects. Applying our knowhow, we deliver fast, accurate results that help you to evaluate policies and programmes to understand what works and why.

To complement this, we apply creative, insightful and tested research methods to help you to explore new markets, examine policy questions and develop practical insights.

Our reputation for depth of knowledge, timely results, innovative research methods and flexible working methods has seen us become one of the UK’s leading social research agencies.

About CFE Research

Founded in 1997, we are a highly regarded, independent social research company, providing research and evaluation services to government departments, public sector agencies, local authorities, educational institutions and providers, charities.

Our reputation for depth of knowledge, timely results, innovative research methods and flexible approach has seen us become one of the UK’s leading research agencies.

A not-for-profit organisation, we employ a team of dedicated consultancy and research professionals, as well as an extensive network of quality-assured associates selected for their expertise.

We pride ourselves in our expertise in independent and rigorous research, to support and inform our customers to:

• help them understand what works, in what context and why

• evaluate, design and implement policies and programmes

• research markets and develop practical insights

• provide ideas and create new ways of framing public policy questions

• share and understand good practice

Our Values

Be independent

Act with honesty, integrity and fairness, earning the trust and respect of our customers.

Be Imaginative

Encourage and nurture innovation and imagination in everything from service delivery to customers through to our own internal processes.

Work Collaboratively

Foster creativity and better communication through our supportive culture, placing emphasis on knowledge sharing, learning and working together.

Provide Quality

Empower individuals to take the initiative and have a sense of responsibility to achieve the absolute best results they can, every time.

Delivering impactful, insightful research and analysis, our experts can guide your decision making, using our comprehensive findings to drive actions for change.

Our Expertise

We provide a full range of research, evaluation and analysis services, each tailored to meet your specific organisational and or brand needs. We’re adept at producing high-quality results in quick turnaround times, and always make sure we deliver on budget.


Identifying outcomes and impact though detailed expert analysis.

Quantitative research

Achieving significant results using innovative data collection methods.

Qualitative research

Achieving significant results using innovative data collection methods.

Data analysis

Interpreting your data to deliver meaningful insight.

Infographics and data visualisation

Bringing data to life through inspiring visual presentation.

Behavioural insight research

Influencing behaviour through intelligent insights.

Evidence and literature reviews

Exploring existing evidence to inform new ideas.

Learning and engagement

Optimising results from research and evaluation findings.

We work across education, workforce development, health and wellbeing sectors.


Working in these major areas has seen us drive key transformations and advise on the best actions for the future.


We explore issues as diverse as leadership and management, careers education and guidance, decision-making and widening participation across the entire student lifecycle.

Workforce Development

Our focus is on the impact of key reforms to the further education and skills sector, including T Levels and apprenticeships.

Health & Wellbeing

Our experience in this area is wide ranging, encompassing sport and physical activity, health and multiple disadvantage.

Our Clients

We work closely and collaboratively with a wide range of organisations, including government departments, public sector agencies, charities, local authorities.

Sport England commissioned CFE to undertake evaluation of the £18.2m Inclusive Sport programmes. The contract was delivered in time and within the parameters laid out in the brief, with good communication throughout.

Lindsay Games – Sport England

We have rarely worked with such lovely, conscientious partners – it has been an absolute pleasure.

Araba Webber – Vinspired

We have been working with CFE since 2014 and they are responsive, proactive and work collaboratively to get the best out of our data.

Laura Furness – National Lottery Community Fund

CFE have been a pleasure to work with and their knowledge of Inclusion and Diversity meant we got so much more back from the study than we had initially expected. We wouldn’t hesitate to appoint CFE again.

Jane Hannah – England and Wales Cricket Board.

Contact Us

Whatever your research needs, we’d love to talk to you about how we can help. We’re happy to have an initial no-obligation conversation to discover how we can work together.

t: 0116 229 3300
e: hello@cfe.org.uk