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We’re Britain’s largest independent social research agency. By really understanding the complexity of people's lives and attitudes, we give the public a powerful role in shaping decisions and services that make a difference to everyone.
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Celebrating seven years of National Apprenticeship Week
Find out about the research we're doing on getting young people into work.
Schools, education & training
We conduct a number of studies relating to education and skills, from evaluations of school-based initiatives, to studies into childcare provision.
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Health & wellbeing
Our research spans general health and lifestyle studies to studies focussing on particular health issues or sections of the population.
Social & political attitudes
Our considerable experience of measuring and interpreting social attitudes is best exemplified by our British Social Attitudes survey, set up in 1983.
Crime & justice
Our work spans: victimisation and crime & punishment; the civil justice system; and the organisation of the legal profession.
Our studies range from how people volunteer in Britain today and investigating why communities fragment, as in the case of the August riots.
We have substantial experience of conducting large, complex surveys, as well as in-depth, qualitative studies in most areas covered by family policies.
Equality & diversity
We have a long tradition and extensive experience of conducting research about social inclusion.
Income & work
Our work in this area includes taking stock of the financial circumstances of the population as a whole, as well as smaller more specific studies.
Children & young people
Our work ranges from research on childcare provision and childrens education, to parental employment and family support.
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Our Chief Exec @PennyYNatCen writes on inequality and the state for @thefabians http://t.co/lahqpqT1b5
04:53 PM - 07 Mar 2014
34% of people support more spending on benefits, even if it means higher taxes, up from 28% in 2011 http://t.co/i8xCl58mdi
01:10 PM - 07 Mar 2014
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