Agroni is an independent multi-disciplinary research organisation with extensive specialist knowledge and experience of working with Britain’s BME communities.
Agroni was established in 2000 to provide clients with effective one-stop research solutions for issues concerning the UK’s diverse BME communities. From the beginning, Agroni has also aimed to enhance the capacity and skill base of local ethnic minority communities by creating an opportunity for people to participate in research and community development.
Agroni has conducted a wide range of research projects on sensitive social, political, economic, health and environmental issues.
300 Multilingual Researchers
Agroni has a pool of over 300 qualified, well-trained and experienced multilingual researchers across the UK. Our interviewers have been selected for their extensive local, cultural and religious knowledge. Our interviewers speak over thirteen community languages. Some of these include:
Albanian, Arabic, Bengali, Cantonese, French, Gujarati, Hindi, Mandarin, Punjabi, Portuguese, Somali, Turkish and Urdu.
All our researchers are fluent in both written and spoken English. In addition to formal academic qualifications, our researchers have also undertaken a rigorous training programme which covers both the theoretical and practical aspects of different research methodologies and interviewing techniques. Researchers working for Agroni also receive training in communication skills as well as health and safety.
Our Quality Assurance
Agroni is committed to providing a high quality service for its clients. We always follow a rigorous process of quality assurance. In particular the following measures are used to ensure that our work achieves the highest possible standards of social research:
• All completed questionnaires/interview schedules/reports/assignments are scrutinised individually by senior Agroni staff for accuracy, objectivity, consistency and legibility.
• For all survey interviews, random telephone interviews are conducted with respondents to verify the accuracy of information collected as well as to monitor the conduct and manner of our interviewers.
• A senior interviewer accompanies newly appointed interviewers to their first three interviews. Our researchers’ progress is monitored regularly and they are required to attend supervision sessions with senior staff as appropriate.
Our Track Record
We have a strong track record of working with a wide range of local and national organisations (including central government) and achieving optimum response rates in any given time frame.
We have the capacity to handle complex research projects. We can provide you with researchers in England, Scotland and Wales.