Research is Galahad’s starting point for developing or delivering any report, advice, policy development or education / treatment programme on substance misuse.

Our approach to all our research projects is grounded in the following principles:

  • Multi-method designs (qualitative and quantitative) to ensure both detailed insight and understanding ‘the big picture’;
  • Accuracy in data collection and analysis.

Research Approach

Our approach is to:

  • Use our expertise and experience in seeking out hard-to-reach populations;
  • Follow strict ethical principles in research methods with subjects – especially with vulnerable or ‘at-risk’ populations;
  • Include the ‘user voice’ in any study of substance use;
  • Ensure that all reports and recommendations are relevant and useful;
  • Use a clear reporting style;
  • Adhere completely to deadlines and to contract specifications;
  • Ensure total client confidentiality in terms of ownership of data and findings;
  • Insist on absolute professionalism in the conduct of all employees and subcontractors.

To identify problems and to recommend possible courses of action for internal policy makers, Galahad regularly carries out background ethnographic research into organisations. Examples of our work include:

  • Research into the attitudes, knowledge and lifestyles of employees, to help the company to formulate drug and alcohol policies that are acceptable to the workforce and to unions;
  • Research into the effects of drugs and alcohol on specific tasks, in order to justify testing and company policy, and to educate employees;
  • Our ongoing research into current trends in drug use and changes in drinking patterns, which is vital to keep policies, education programmes, and testing parameters up-to-date.

Projects that we have worked on, or are currently working on, include:

Galahad SMS Ltd (2004), Alcohol, aggression and violence: a critical examination of theories, The Home Office Alcohol Policy Unit

Galahad SMS Ltd (2004), Substance Misuse and Juvenile Offenders, London: Youth Justice Board

A thorough assessment of the extent of substance misuse by young people in custody as well as an evaluation of the substance misuse treatment services available to young people in the secure estate.

Galahad SMS Ltd (2005), Getting Crack Users into Services, Southwark Primary Care Trust

This study covered the following areas:

  • Identification the needs of Crack users (including poly-drug users, female and BME populations)
  • Clarification the reasons why some Crack users either avoid participation in services or drop out
  • Description of the patterns of Crack use – initiation, progression, and the pathways from occasional or recreational use to addiction
  • Examination the aetiology of Crack houses (evolution of the house and social dynamics of users within it)
  • Exploration the relationship between Crack and criminal activity, and understand better the difference between Crack-associated crime and crime linked with use of other drugs.

Galahad SMS Ltd (2005), An Evaluation of a Prisoner Aftercare Scheme in Hertfordshire, Hertfordshire Police

Galahad SMS Ltd (2005), An Evaluation of Best-Practice in Nationwide Prisoner Aftercare, The Home Office

Galahad SMS Ltd (2005), Research into barriers to organisational culture change in addressing alcohol misuse within the British Army – a literature review of theory and methods to inform strategy, The Ministry of Defense

Galahad SMS Ltd (2005), Research and development of – Alcohol Education – a guide for teachers, employers and other programme developers, The Alcohol Education and Research Council

Galahad SMS Ltd (2007), An Assessment of Young People’s Tier-3 Substance Misuse Treatment Needs in Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton Primary Care Trust

This consultancy project involves a needs assessment of young people with Tier-3 substance misuse problems as well as a business development plan for the development of services to fill any gaps in current provision. A prevalence analysis of Tier-3 substance misuse needs in the area will also be carried out.

Galahad SMS Ltd (forthcoming), An Assessment of the Substance Misuse Project, London: Youth Justice Board

This study assesses changes made to substance misuse service provision in the young person’s secure estate that resulted from Galahad’s previous report for the YJB. The extent of substance misuse among young people in custody was assessed along with the provision of treatment services and the level of integration that is evident between these services.

Galahad SMS Ltd (ongoing), Evaluation of Resettlement and Aftercare Provision. London: Youth Justice Board

This study uses a mixture of quantitative and qualitative methods to evaluate the YJB’s Resettlement and Aftercare Provision for young offenders. The opinions of those participating on the scheme have been sought to assess its effect on their quality of life. This study will also assess the impact of RAP on the reconviction rate of young offenders.

Other projects conducted by Galahad SMS include work in:

  • Needs assessments of local populations
  • Substance misuse amongst members of the Armed Forces
  • Drug misuse and services for prisoners in the UK and European prisons
  • Young people
  • Vulnerable and at-risk groups
  • Employees in various companies and organisations

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