Passionate about social impact, rooted in the rigour of research.

Bean Research was set up by Charlotte Turner in 2012, following senior roles in Ipsos MORI and Business in the Community.

We passionately believe more evidence of what works & how social value is created is needed.  That’s what drives us and why we enjoy what we do.

Bean’s work is underpinned by rigorous research techniques – in evaluation, analysis, social impact assessment and social value benchmarks. With extensive practitioner experience, we specialise in delivering clear, concise findings for clients to both report the difference made and understand how social value can be enhanced.

We work collaboratively with clients to create a Theory of Change, develop and impact frameworks, and conduct impact assessments, including Social Return on Investment (SROI) and social value calculations against TOMs framework. We conduct primary research from large scale quantitative surveys, one-to-one interviews and focus groups. We also undertake desk research, competitor analysis and benchmarking.

Bean Research has a wide network and, when needed, uses its connections to bring together the best team. We enjoy working collaboratively and often partner with other organisations such as The Giving Department, Cranfield University and Social Value UK.  Alongside our core research based activity, we are able to provide flexible support where needed, including the ability to integrate quickly into existing projects –bringing a fresh perspective or to provide additional capacity to in-house teams.

Recent Bean Clients
Corporates
Funders
Charities
25+ years experience & network
Cranfield

Social Impact Lead. Guest teaching on MSc Sustainability & MBA courses.

Accredited Practitioner International Academic social value group member.

Business in the community

Previous Research Director. Regularly advise on & evaluate the social impact of campaigns.

Have supported SVP to understand corporate social value trends.

Committed Anthropist. Social Value Speaker & Chair at initial & subsequent conferences.

The Team

Charlotte Turner

Charlotte Turner

Director

Charlotte has worked in research, evaluation and social impact assessment on behalf of businesses, government and charities for over 25 years and is the Social Impact Assessment lead at Cranfield School of Management.

She founded Bean Research in 2012, after Director roles at both Business in the Community (where she conducted, commissioned and supported research across the responsible business agenda, as well as managing the All Party Parliamentary Group on Corporate Responsibility) and Ipsos MORI (co-founding the CSR Research unit and conducting stakeholder reviews for major multi-national businesses).

She is an Accredited Practitioner of Social Value UK, an adviser to Social Value Portal, a Fellow of the Institute for Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability, a Life Fellow of the RSA and a mother of two teenage children.

Cath Weight

CATH WEIGHT

Research Consultant

Cath, a research consultant, is an associate of Bean Research. Determined to find the meaning in numbers and interpret “the story” for stakeholders, Cath has used a wide range of research techniques to understand consumers and the impact of campaigns. With over 15 years of experience in the development and delivery of consumer and business intelligence projects, Cath is a seasoned research professional. She spent 10 years at Mindshare, a global media and marketing services agency, leading research initiatives for clients like Unilever, Nestlé and Nespresso. Long since earning a First Class Masters in Business Science in Cape Town, Cath has traded beaches for forests and now calls the Surrey Hills home.

Bethan Lloyd

BETHAN LLOYD

SOCIAL IMPACT CONSULTANT

Bethan has an MSc in Management and Corporate Sustainability from Cranfield University, focusing on social impact reporting in her thesis. She has a Green Belt in Lean Six Sigma and is certified by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). With over six years of industry experience in sustainability and fashion, she organised and developed luxury garments for an award-winning company and advised SMEs on their CSR policies and practices. Bethan joined Bean Research in 2022, bringing her design and organisational skills, recent academic research and experience in innovative problem-solving catering to different stakeholder needs.