This case study overviews the history, development, and implementation of RELATE, a research project aimed at understanding and tracking relationship development, and the creation of the RELATE Institute. RELATE represents a unique research project aimed at combining a clinical intervention tool with empirical research. As such, the project has encountered unique methodological problems over the course of its history. The history of RELATE is outlined as well as the key methodological strengths and weaknesses of the project. Focus is given to how RELATE has needed to balance its clinical and empirical focus as well as on how the self-funding mechanism of RELATE has created a unique research environment. I conclude by overviewing the key ‘take-home’ points from the RELATE project that should be considered when attempting similar projects.