Matrix Knowledge Group

Matrix Knowledge Group

The Matrix Knowledge Group is a company providing software, consulting and research. Their goal is to provide evidence and help with making decisions, with the motto ‘Better Decisions, Better world’[1]

The group is made up of four companies: Matrix Insight Ltd[2], Matrix Evidence Ltd[3], Matrix Decisions Ltd[4] and Matrix Knowledge Group International Inc. Although headquartered in the UK, they have worked for European organizations, in India and in 2008 opened an office in the USA. They have close partnerships with universities in the UK and USA, including the University of Cambridge, King's College London, London School of Economics and Political Science and several leading US academic institutions.[5]



Matrix Knowledge Group was founded in 2005, following a management buyout of MHA (est. 1992) and initially specialized in healthcare consultancy. It has since expanded its work to provide research and consulting, evidence assessments and software services - primarily to the public sector. Their principal markets include health and social care and crime and justice. It works primarily with national governments, international organizations as well as charities and foundations.

In April 2007, Matrix purchased Aspira Communications Ltd,[6] and acquired their software 'AspiraHub', which helps gather data for annual reports, CSR reports, Health & Safety data and other purposes. According to advertisements,[7] its prime selling point is its "simple interface for non-IT staff, enabling effective data capture, anaysis and reporting". Although designed primarily for use by private companies, it has now been applied to public sector and charity work. It is currently in use by the City of London Corporation - Fairtrade Steering Group, as fair trade accreditation scheme and by CESMB (Centre for Environment and Safety Management for Business), for their web-based training program.[8]

In 2008, Matrix founded Matrix Knowledge Group International, a US subsidiary with an office near Washington DC in Rockville, Maryland, USA. [9] The US business is focused on developing informatics, analytics and business intelligence tools for public and private sector organizations. Key sectors include: education and healthcare.

In August 2008, they formed a partnership with Mega Ace, a consultancy with offices around India, to work on "healthcare innovation and development"[10]

Notable Research and Media Coverage" In October 2010 Matrix Knowledge Group International launched a website in partnership with the American Institutes for Research focused on reporting key outcome measures for nearly 1600 four-year public and private colleges in the US. The website makes it simple to strategically evaluate the performance of colleges and state systems in order to identify areas for further analysis and focus. Scenario modeling tools are included which make it easy to set targets using comparative data and conduct “what if” analyses in order to see the impacts of potential changes in performance.

The Economic Case for and against Prison In 2007, Matrix was commissioned by The Monument Trust, Lankelly Chase Foundation and The Bromley Trust to provide independent research into prison sentences. This research concluded that prison sentences often do not make economic sense: compared with seven alternative punishment systems, prison costs between £16,260 and £202,775 more per offender. The report received significant media coverage, especially in the Guardian[11] which ran favorable reports, and also in the Telegraph. An update to the research was published November, 2008.

The illicit drug trade in the United Kingdom In partnership with the LSE, Matrix interviewed 222 drug dealers and traffickers in prisons across England. Their work was notable for understanding the drug trade as any other business, though they also looked at the social organization of the drug trade. The report was commissioned by the UK Home Office, and received significant international media coverage.[12].

Matrix and Health England [13] recently launched H.E.L.P (Health England Leading Prioritization), an interactive on line tool [14] supporting public health professionals and purchasers and an accompanying report 'Prioritising investments in preventative health' [15] published September 2009.

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