How We Work

We are passionate about collaborative working​

Our Approach

Collaborate’s founder, Monique Rotik, leads our projects drawing on a network of trusted senior associates and specialist suppliers to deliver larger assignments. The Collaborate team are all senior research practitioners with experience across a wide range of research issues, methods and audiences.

We have a robust approach to project management and quality assurance, and the highest ethical standards, all of which govern how the team works together and the services we provide.

We like to think we bring all the expertise of a large research agency but with the agility and cost effectiveness that comes from being a small business.

The Team

Monique Rotik


Monique has been a market and social research practitioner for more than 25 years. She set up Collaborate Research in 2012, having previously worked at a senior level for leading research agencies both in the UK and Australia.

Monique is a true research all-rounder. She is equally comfortable using qualitative, quantitative and deliberative methods, and can draw on experience across a broad range of sectors, issues and research audiences.

Her research currently supports organisations primarily to develop policy, regulation, services and campaigns. She is a specialist in engaging with hard-to-reach and vulnerable audiences, and has a particular interest in applying learning from behavioural sciences to research.

Katie Pekacar

Principal Associate

Katie is an experienced qualitative researcher who has previously worked for research agencies as well as in public sector policy roles where she commissioned research studies and implemented their findings.

Katie is Collaborate Research’s Principal Research Associate and she has been involved in most of our studies since the company’s inception in 2012. She is trained in NLP and has a special interest in applying creative methods to our research.

In addition to her experience in qualitative research, Katie has a strong track record as a strategic consultant and project manager. She continues to develop and deliver consultation programmes, creative concept development, business plans and sustainability strategies.

What our clients say...

Money Advice Trust
Money Advice TrustJulie Smith - Head of Adviser Support
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"Collaborate Research was recommended to us, and through working with them I completely see why. Their proposal stood out from others we have received in the past; even before meeting us they demonstrated a good understanding of what we were trying to achieve. There was a tight timeframe for the project but Collaborate Research met every milestone on time. Their collaborative approach meant we knew where the project was at all times and their pragmatic attitude meant that any barriers were quickly overcome. Throughout the project Monique and Katie were focused yet flexible, calmly managing whatever we threw at them, including a request to present the whole project, with recommendations, to our Board within a ten minute speaking slot!"
Civil Aviation Authority
Civil Aviation AuthorityConsumers and Markets Group
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“It was clear from the start that the Collaborate team had an in-depth understanding of our requirements and the issues we wanted the research. We were also impressed with Monique and her team’s professionalism and project management skills in delivering the research. We found they consistently went the extra mile in providing helpful advice on how to meet our objectives and kept us fully informed on how the fieldwork and report was progressing. It was a pleasure to work with Collaborate."
Warwick University
Warwick UniversityProfessor Chris Warhurst - Director of Warwick Institute for Employment Research
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“Thank you for your hard work on the stakeholder survey for IER. You’ve done a great job. Your work has been very professional; undertaken to specification in terms of content and schedule. We also greatly appreciate your timeline and very helpful responses to our questions, queries and suggestions during the process. Working with you has been a productive and easy experience for IER. The contents of the report that you have produced will greatly help IER going forward over the next couple of years. IER would certainly use Collaborate Research again in the future if the need arose and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend you to others wanting similar research.”