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  • Who are NatCen?

    We’re Britain’s largest independent social research agency. For the last 40 years we’ve worked on behalf of government and charities to find out what people really think about important social issues and how Britain is run.

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  • Our expertise

    Find out more about NatCen's expertise in policy, methods and graphics.

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    • Our People Tile Our people

      Our research experts are the best in the business and our senior managers, the leaders in their fields. 


      Meet our staff

  • What our clients say
    •   As always the quality of questionnaire design and testing was very high, as was the fieldwork.  

      Steve Webster, Health and Social Care Information Centre

    •   They understood well what we were seeking to find out and set out a very thought through methodology to answer our research question that has resulted in robust research.  

      Claire Telfer, Save the Children

    •   The response rate achieved from the sample exceeded our expectations and the level of customer service provided by the Project Manager was outstanding.  

      David Helm, Herefordshire Council

    • Houses for sale Client case studies

      Generation rent

      On behalf of Halifax bank we identified 'generation rent' – a generation with no realistic prospect of owning their own home in the next five years.

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    • Braille Client case studies

      Sight loss at age seven

      On behalf of the Royal London Society for the Blind, we found sight impairment impacts happiness, success at school, financial hardship and social inclusion at age seven.

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    • Scales of justice Client case studies

      Sentencing fraud offences

      On behalf of the Sentencing Council, we investigated the emotional and psychological impacts of online fraud.

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    • London traffic Client case studies

      National Travel Survey

      On behalf of the Department for Transport, we find out how the nation is getting around, how often and why.

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    • Robert Burgess Our governance

      From our Chair of Trustees

      A note from Professor Sir Robert Burgess on the passing year, and a look ahead to the challenges for NatCen in the upcoming year.

      Find out more about our governance