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Make more impact.

The Elephant Path supports organizations and individuals in conducting high-quality, reliable research on social issues. Get better insights, share your knowledge, and improve your decision-making.

Our goal is to help organizations and individuals solve their research needs. We offer guidance and expertise in every step of the research process – whether it’s designing a meaningful project, selecting appropriate methods, analyzing and interpreting data, or presenting study findings in an accurate and convincing way. We help you find the answers to your questions and increase your insights through robust and rigorous research.

The Elephant Path specializes in social science research, particularly the interplay between individuals and the social and cultural contexts they are part of. Our research has an interdisciplinary approach: we integrate theoretical perspectives and empirical insights from diverse disciplines to gain a better understanding of complex societal issues. 

What we do


Research advise

The Elephant Path advises in each stage of the research process, including:

Research design

Ask the right questions and select proper methods

Statistical consulting

Learn how to get more value out of your available data

Thematic expertise

Get evidence-based insights on youth culture and adolescent development

Research support

We carry out specific research tasks for you, including:

literature review

A review of existing information relevant to your project


Selection or design of measurement instruments

Data analysis

Quantitative statistical analysis, qualitative research, or mixed-methods

Research content

The Elephant Path creates professional and powerful research content, including:


Research reports or scientific publications as per academic standards


Proofreading, editing, and formatting of manuscripts


Manuals, training materials, presentations, websites, and more

About Suzan

founder the elephant path

As an interdisciplinary social scientist and research consultant, I have worked on a variety of multi-method and multidisciplinary research projects, in diverse settings and for diverse clients. My academic work has mostly focused on youth and the changing social and cultural contexts in which they develop, including projects on social media use, youth culture, sexual development, substance use, and problem behavior. In addition to my academic research experience, I’ve worked as a social impact consultant and as a managing editor for an academic journal.

I believe that researchers, policymakers, and organizations can achieve much more impact if they collaborate and integrate their expertise when addressing complex societal challenges. As an independent researcher, I am committed to high-quality, objective, and reliable research and analysis. It is my mission to bring a scientific perspective to complex social issues and to contribute to an increased understanding of these issues through rigorous research and evidence-based insights.

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Nice to meet you!

I very much enjoyed and recommend working with The Elephant Path. While Suzan was building the website for our research project, I experienced her as being very skilled and creative. On top of that, I feel that she was able to contribute more in-depth insights as well because of her background in Social Sciences. Suzan is enthusiastic, hard-working, and I am very impressed by the end product, our research website.

Maud Hensums
PhD Candidate, University of Amsterdam

It was a pleasure working with The Elephant Path. Suzan did an excellent job translating and proofreading my manuscript. Not only was her proofreading meticulous, but she also did a thorough check of the methods and data and made some critical suggestions on the content of the manuscript.

Regina van den Eijnden
Assistant Professor, Utrecht University

Suzan helped me with a research grant proposal by visualizing the research design and research questions. After reading my proposal and only one short talk, she managed to make a clear and structured overview of my research plans and to create an appealing set of figures to accompany my grant proposal. Her sketches even helped me to get a clearer view of my own plan. She works quick and effective and was able to help me fine-tune the last details in the rush of meeting my deadline.

Rianne Kok
Assistant Professor, Erasmus University Rotterdam

It was a pleasure working with Suzan. She is skilled, creative and her knowledge of the research field came in very useful. Not only did Suzan design a beautiful website for our research project, but also helped translate the contents into lay-terms for parents and schools. Suzan is attentive to her clients’ wishes: she understood what I was looking for without much explanation. I highly recommend her services.

Brechtje de Mooij
Researcher, University of Amsterdam

In one word, I would describe Suzan's editorial talent as "brilliant." She and I worked on the structure and the content of my thesis at a point where I got stuck with so many pre-written materials that did not contribute to a well-structured storyline. With her experience in academic writing, Suzan immediately came up with several on-target ideas and helped me re-format my story into a coherent and fluent one while maintaining the relevance for the intended audience. I would be more than happy to collaborate with her again in the future!

PhD Candidate, TU Delft

During my thesis research for the Bachelor Applied Psychology, Suzan advised me on the quantitative data analysis. She helped me select the proper statistical techniques, explained how to perform the analyses in SPSS, and helped me interpret and describe the results. Her feedback was really helpful!

Psychology Graduate, Saxion University of Applied Sciences