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  • Our expertise

    Read our policy and methodological case studies to find out how research is powerful in shaping policy decisions at the national and local level.

  • Who we work with

    Our clients include government, think tanks, charities, businesses, universities and other research organisations.  

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    • Lady on street Our methods expertise


      We have a longstanding reputation for conducting complex, robust surveys. And we carry out our own research into best practice so we can improve the surveys we conduct for you.

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    • toynbee map tool Our methods expertise

      Cognitive testing

      Cognitive testing improves data collection tools, like questionnaires and diaries. This avoids problems that can result in measurement error, ensuring we produce the best quality data.

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    • Demos toolkit inforgraphic Our methods expertise

      Data analysis

      Our analysts have high-level data manipulation and statistical skills, drawing on methods ranging from summary tabulations to multivariate techniques.

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    • Trauma and abuse Our methods expertise


      We use depth interviews, focus groups and observational and deliberative methods to present the social world in all its richness and complexity.

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    • Natcen Office Our methods expertise


      Understanding what works, and why, is central to effective policy making - so evaluation research has a critical role to play. 

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  • Sharing what we know

    NatCen Learning is the leading provider of high-quality research courses, seminars and workshops.

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    • Woman working out finances Our policy expertise

      Income & work

      Our work in this area includes taking stock of the financial circumstances of the population as a whole, and smaller more specific studies that look into pension provisions, money management and poverty. 

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    • Man handcuffed Our policy expertise

      Crime & justice

      We have been active in socio-legal studies since the late 1970s. Today our work spans three broad areas: victimisation and crime and punishment; the operation of the civil justice system, in particular, family law; and the organisation of the legal profession.

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    • Primary school playground Our policy expertise

      Schools, education & training

      We conduct a substantial number of studies relating to education and skills, ranging from studies of young people in education and evaluations of school-based initiatives, to studies into childcare provision.

    • Family mealtime Our policy expertise

      Health & wellbeing

      We play a crucial role in tracking the health of the nation. The scope of our research is broad, from general health and lifestyle studies to studies focusing on particular health issues or sections of the population. 

    • Children racing Our policy expertise

      Children & young people

      Our work ranges from research on childcare provision and childrens education, to parental employment and family support. 

    • Family watching TV Our policy expertise


      We are perhaps the only research organisation with substantial experience of conducting large and complex surveys, as well as in-depth, qualitative studies in most areas covered by family policies.

    • Leafleting Our policy expertise

      Social & political attitudes

      We have considerable experience of measuring and interpreting social attitudes. Our experience is best exemplified by British Social Attitudes, our longest running survey set up in 1983. 

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    • Muslim ladies Our policy expertise

      Equality & diversity

      We have a long tradition and extensive experience of conducting research about social inclusion. This work cross cuts and underpins much of our work in a diverse range of areas including crime and justice, education, health, welfare and families.

    • Community gardening Our policy expertise


      Our research into communities includes work on how people volunteer in Britain today and investigating why communities fragment, as for example, in the case of the August riots.

  • Get in touch

    For more information, contact our New Business team at 0207 549 9584 or fill in our contact form.