Research Process

Providing you with such comprehensive coverage about funding opportunities is expert work.

Our information is continually updated and checked for accuracy by large teams of specialist researchers, copywriters and copyeditors.  In total we have between 30 and 40 full-time staff working on our funding and policy content at all times.

Each team member has a strong background in the education sector themselves, all are graduates - and in many cases have postgraduate qualifications too, bringing a wealth of experience in terms of research and information analysis. 

Research process

You will have full access to a dedicated Customer Service Executive, who will ensure all the funds and information relevant to your platform are up to date and complete.

Our updating process is:

  • Reactive – our research teams keep in touch with all relevant breaking news feeds, funders’ websites, press releases and latest policy documents. We are reactive to information published in news feeds, websites, document and policy releases, and on a weekly basis we track over 2,000 information sources.  In addition, we have developed an in-house tool, which enables us to track changes to thousands of source websites on a nightly basis.
  • Proactive – using various update cycles to ensure our data is up to date, we keep regular contact with a whole host of funding officers, councils, charitable trusts and many other sources with whom we have built up a relationship of trust over many years. Our excellent contacts ensure we get inside knowledge on new funding opportunities, which can be immediately added to our system.

All our content is subject to a strict editorial process that ensures the information we provide you is consistent, accurate and relevant.

Style and structure

All published information is written to a formal, bespoke style guide. This defines how we approach the structure and composition of our content, and includes guidelines for what information is included. We aim to make the information we provide as useful and as accessible as possible and will tailor our style guidance depending on the intended audience.

Quality assurance - editing

Our editorial team’s skills span traditional print publishing, copywriting, copyediting, proofreading, quality management and editorial project delivery.  We ensure that no information is published unless it has been through a strict editorial process.

Quality assurance – testing

Additionally, we have tailored a testing process, refined in collaboration with a number of public bodies, which involves benchmarking a sample of our data against a performance index.  We do this on a monthly basis and it allows us to take a continually refreshed view about the quality of the information we publish based on its accuracy, completeness and adherence to style guidance.

Contact us

To find out more please contact our Commercial team on 0870 333 7101, email or 
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