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Read our policy and methodological case studies to find out how research is powerful in shaping policy decisions at the national and local level.
Our clients include government, think tanks, charities, businesses, universities and other research organisations.
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Understanding what works, and why, is central to effective policy making - so evaluation research has a critical role to play.
Our analysts have high-level data manipulation and statistical skills, drawing on methods ranging from summary tabulations to multivariate techniques.
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.
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.
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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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.
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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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.
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.
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 & young people
Our work ranges from research on childcare provision and childrens education, to parental employment and family support.
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.
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.
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.
NatCen Learning is the leading provider of high-quality research courses, seminars and workshops.
To talk to us about our work please email Sarah Kitchen or phone Sarah on 0207 549 5082.