Bean Research Ltd was set up by Charlotte Turner in 2012, following senior roles in Ipsos MORI and Business in the Community.
Bean’s work is underpinned by rigorous research techniques – providing information and insight for clients from market intelligence to support new project development or understanding how well an existing initiative or programme is performing. With extensive practitioner experience, we specialise in delivering clear, concise findings for clients and delivering not just a strategy or a report but tangible outcomes that can be implemented in practice. We have particular expertise in providing research for communication and campaigning.
Each project is different and we will use a variety of methods to answer the questions our clients pose. We help clients create a theory of change, develop and evaluation frameworks alongside key stakeholders, and conduct impact assessment, including Social Return on Investment (SROI). 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 consultants and organisations such as the Giving Department and Cranfield University. Alongside our core research based activity we are able to provide flexible support where needed including the ability to integrate quickly into existing projects – someone who has in-depth understanding of the industry yet can bring a fresh perspective; or as a flexible ‘extra pair of hands’ to provide additional capacity to in-house teams.
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Charlotte has worked in research, evaluation and social impact assessment on behalf of businesses, government and charities for over 25 years. Prior to setting up Bean Research, she was Research Director at Business in the Community where she supported its 850+ business members on key responsible business issues, and assessed the impact of BITC’s programmes and campaigns, developed the CR Index (now Responsible Business Tracker), and managed the All Party Parliamentary Group on Corporate Responsibility. Before that Charlotte was a Director at Ipsos MORI, working with multi-national corporates on corporate reputation research and co-founding the CSR research unit.
Charlotte is also an Associate of Cranfield School of Management where she teaches and undertakes research on social impact and social entrepreneurship, is a member and Accredited Practitioner of Social Value UK, a Life Fellow of the RSA and a mother of two teenage children.
Steph is a consultant and associate of Bean Research. She has 20 years’ experience in the private and not-for profit sectors, including 14 years’ in corporate responsibility, most recently for Business in the Community (BITC). She specialises in using a wide range of primary research to create content that clients need – from briefing materials, to presentations and reports – to help them develop and/or evaluate their programmes. She has particular expertise in cross-sector partnerships and impact evaluation of social programmes. Since leaving BITC in 2014, she has pursued her passion for history and archival research, and also works as a researcher for Sticks Research Agency, one of the UK’s leading historical research organisations.
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.
Gender Equality Director, Business in the Community
“Bean Research stepped in to support us with a high-profile research project exploring the attitudes and behaviours of 10,000 employees on work and care. Charlotte was instrumental in managing our research partner, ensuring that the academic research would balance the needs of the campaign and that of our sponsors and facilitating productive conversations between parties. She managed to translate complex thinking and hard data into a compelling story that would do justice to our research findings and compel people to act.”
Professor David Grayson CBE
Emeritus Professor of Corporate Responsibility at Cranfield School of Management
“Charlotte is an engaged, thoughtful and valuable partner.”
National Programme Development, Womankind Worldwide
“I look forward to working with Bean Research whenever I can…, as their attitude and expertise converts the work process into an enjoyable partnership.”
Dame Julia Cleverdon DCVO CBE
Vice-President, Business in the Community; Former Special Adviser to the Prince’s Charities; Chair, Teach First
“Charlotte and I worked together for years and is a great research resource!”
John O’Brien MBE
Ethical Purpose at Omnicom DAS
“Charlotte is a highly competent strategic thinker who combines her extensive experience with clear analytical thinking and the ability to articulate clearly the resulting observations to a variety of audiences. I have no hesitation in recommending her.”
Head of St. James’s Place Charitable Foundation
“Bean Research provided a detailed evaluation and impact assessment of the Foundation over 25 years, communicating concisely and clearly.”
Corporate Responsibility Manager, City & Guilds Group
“Charlotte and the team have worked us to develop and deliver strategic impact assessment, enabling us to articulate the difference that the Skills Development Fund is making!”
Eva Hamilton MBE
Charlotte’s analytical and communications skills, have helped us to be able to shout about the charity’s successes and impacts with influential partners.