Communication services and research - Groundwork Associates

Communication services

High-end writing when getting the words right really matters. Groundwork consultants can help frame information for the best effect. Senior consultants can also provide communication and writing coaching and strategic support. Technical editing and proofreading services are also available.

Selected projects

These projects have been selected from our comprehensive portfolio to provide an overview of our communication services and social research work.

Growing team capacity and effectiveness by reviewing core roles, skills, and project work

DairyNZ’s Feed and Farm Systems Team sought support to better define their team in order to grow within DNZ and enhance collaboration with other business units. Groundwork Associates facilitated a workshop, using various methods to explore team members’ roles and traits, and identify the key skills of individual team members and the unit as a whole. The Groundwork team also introduced a portfolio template to help the Feed and Farm Systems team review their past and current project work and communicate their collective CV. The overall process elucidated and clarified the team’s vision and aspirational goals for the future. Following a productive initial workshop, Groundwork provided facilitation coaching and support for the DNZ Team Leader to complete the team’s strategic analysis.

Applying for an environmental protection award

The Environmental Research Institute (ERI) at the University of Waikato sought to grow the profile of their institute by applying for an environmental science achievement award. The application required a colloquial and laudatory tone with appropriate scientific terminology, and the ability to coordinate all supporting materials. Groundwork interviewed the institute leaders to hear their achievements in their own words then skilfully merged our technical reporting ability with our public relations expertise to encapsulate the work of four accomplished scientists into a six-page award-winning application. We then standardised all CVs and coordinated supporting materials such as reference letters, research publications and built a website to present the application documents.

Reviewing progress on an Outcome Based Investment (OBI) in Lake Biodiversity Restoration

The University of Waikato had to demonstrate delivery on outcomes established in their MSI funded investment. Groundwork reviewed the results achieved by the science team in terms of science quality, end-user engagement, Vision Matauranga, and research toward national objectives, and generated a report that was presented before an MSI panel in Wellington.

Editing and proofreading water quality and hydrology reports

The Investigations and Monitoring Team at Environment Canterbury needed to communicate technical water quality and hydrology information to a well-informed audience. Groundwork edited quality scientific reports written by different members of their team, and established an active voice with uniformity across the different authors in alignment with their style guide. Along with the edited reports, Groundwork produced tailored editing notes, supporting the scientists to identify common writing pitfalls. The notes helped teach the scientists and ultimately improved their writing skills.

Supporting a research funding bid

The University of Waikato wanted to developing funding proposals for the Ministry of Science and the Innovation Fund. Groundwork worked with delegated proposal writers, supplying review and editorial assistance to ensure research concepts were communicated clearly and wording was geared strongly towards the Ministry’s stated funding objectives.

Groundwork provided a thorough and effective editing service which helped transform technical information into a presentable and consistent format. They also provided insightful input to organise and structure funding bids.” – Kevin Collier, Associate Professor, University of Waikato

Enhancing the impact of a Primary Growth Partnership proposal

The New Zealand Fertiliser Research Institute required editorial assistance and a fresh eye to incorporate a research partner’s input into a Primary Growth Partnership (PGP) proposal. Groundwork worked with the research partner to develop the required text and used ‘track changes’ to suggest changes which could improve the proposal’s impact and reviewed the document for clarity and consistency.

Enhancing knowledge transfer

MAF’s Sustainable Farming Fund managers wanted to encourage SFF-funded project teams to communicate more effectively about their progress and outcomes. Impressed with our performance in the NZFEA Trust’s ‘Learning from Leaders’ project, MAF SFF invited Groundwork to develop and deliver a training workshop on effective communications strategy for MAF SFF projects.

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