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How I cost up new jobs

November 12, 2019

Sometimes people ask me how much it costs to hire me to do some research and I don’t really have a set answer for that because every one of my projects is different.

But I can tell you how I work out the cost for each new job:

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Happy 9th birthday Ruthless Research!

November 1, 2019

Nine years ago today* – armed with a voluntary redundancy windfall**  – I took the leap into self-employment.

I would never have guessed that I would still be doing it nine years on.  That’s more than half of my career so far!

I would never have guessed how much I would enjoy it.

Thanks to my husband for encouraging me, and all of my clients for choosing to work with me.  I love you all.


*Well, technically nine years today was on a two-week Red Sea scuba diving trip, but it was the first day I was no longer a salaried employee anywhere.

**Haha windfall, it was £760 so not really enough to facilitate any major life decisions!


Wee aside – cleaning Surveymonkey data

October 24, 2019

I was just having a wee check through the search terms that land on my page, and folks I’m surprised how many of you are landing on my blog because you want to clean your own Surveymonkey data.  Lovely load of geeks that you are, you’re very welcome here.

Is no-one else writing about that?  I can’t believe it!

(I can believe it)

That one was a surprise –  and very niche – success!

Ruth’s top ten methodology posts

October 23, 2019

Well I have been writing this blog now for nearly nine years, and looking at the stats I am pleased to see that I get a steady stream of traffic to my posts about research methodology.

Nice to be useful!

So in case they are of use to you too, here’s my top ten methodology posts of all time:

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I’ve turned the ads off

October 2, 2019

Friends, I’ve made an investment in my blog.  Yes indeed, after five hundred years of free blogging with WordPress I have started to pay a monthly fee for my hosting.


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Link to my word: Bandrum pilot arts project evaluation

September 25, 2019

Well I’ve written before about how I don’t have links to most of my publications, so it is a real treat that I have two to tell you about this week after I already posted one yesterday!

Please follow this link to find the final report from the evaluation of the Bandrum pilot art project.  This was a project led by Scottish Care and Luminate, exploring new ways of working in Scottish care settings using a short artist residency approach at Bandrum Nursing Home in Fife.

Link to my work: Creative Words for Wellbeing

September 24, 2019

I am currently working on a year-long project with Scottish Poetry Library, LAPIDUS Scotland, and a range of other stakeholders to explore the evidence and make the case for Creative Words for Wellbeing activity in Scotland.

You can read more about the project (and how you can get involved!) here.