The following organisations provide research funding, sources or findings
- some are subscription services which your agency may or should join.
This is not a comprehensive list – the Gateway
section will provide links to a whole host or relevant research-related
for Evidence Based Social Services (CEBSS)
Now defunct, CEBSS was a research centre based at the University of
Exeter that propmoted use of evidence-based social care. The Centre
was jointly funded by the Department of Health and a consortium of social
services departments in the south and west of England. Their materials
continue to be made available by RIPA.
for Research on the Child and Family
The Centre for Research on the Child and Family is based in the School
of Social Work and Psychosocial Studies at the University of East Anglia.
of Health Research Site
Department of healthThe Department of health invests in research to
support government objectives for public health, health services and
social care, as well as contributing to the government science strategy.
The policy research programme undertakes development and evaluation
in public health, health services and social care in order to ensure
that policy is based on reliable evidence of needs
Economic and Social
Research Council (ESRC)
The ESRC is the UK's largest independent funding agency for research
and postgraduate training into social and economic issues. Its goals
are: to support high-quality research and postgraduate training that
will contribute to economic competitiveness, the quality of life and
the effectiveness of public services and policy; ensure that researchers
have the training, resources and infrastructure to continue to make
advances, including the necessary datasets and methodologies; broaden
the public’s knowledge and understanding of the contribution that
the social sciences can make to policymakers, businesses and the public
at large. The site hosts the REGARD database which helps locate and
explore social science research funded by the ESRC.
Assembly of Wales Research and Evaluation
Research and Evaluation projects are carried out across the Assembly
as research officials are co-located with policy officials. Some policy
divisions have their own areas on this web site, with pages for Research
and Evaluation, and one of the main purposes of these pages is to provide
a central contact point for external users so that they can easily find
the information that is already available. Information is also provided
for potential research and evaluation contractors and for individuals
who are looking for research or evaluation posts at the Assembly.
for Social Research
NatCen is the largest independent social research institute in Britain.
It conducts social research among members of the public to provide information
on a range of social policy issues in Britain. For more than 30 years
NatCen has conducted the design and fieldwork for important, policy
informing, UK social surveys including The British Crime Survey, British
Election Studies, British Social Attitudes, Family Resources Survey,
The Health Survey for England, and many other major quantitative and
Research in Practice
The aim of this site is to promote better access to research about vulnerable
children and families and so support the development of evidence based
planning and services. The database is freely available to all through
a partnership with the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE).
Social Care Institute
for Excellence (SCIE)
SCIE gathers and publicises knowledge about how to make social care
services better. SCIE is an independent organisation created in response
to the government drive to improve quality in social care services across
England and Wales. It was launched in October 2001, has around 30 permanent
staff and a board of 12 trustees who guide its work and ensure its independence.
SCIE is funded by the Department
of Health and the Welsh Assembly. SCIE will be working with the
Northern Ireland assembly in the future, and has links with the Scottish
(formerly Scottish Drugs Training Project) is a collaboration of staff
throughout the Department of Applied Social Science with an interest
in drug and alcohol misuse. Activities within the group are extensive;
from on-line teaching and information services to evaluation of interventions
within the criminal justice system. The broad base of the group allows
the Department to respond to addiction-related issues in ways which
are fully reflective of its wide-ranging interests and expertise.
Institute for Residential Child Care
was established on April 1st 2000. The aim of the Institute is to ensure
that residential child care staff throughout Scotland have access to
the skills and knowledge they require to meet the needs of the children
and young people in their care.
of Research and Development (WORD)
The National Assembly for Wales set the policies, priorities and funding
framework for Health and Social Care in Wales. Within the Assembly,
WORD has responsibility for taking these policies forward. Their two
core functions are to develop policy and priorities in Research and
Development for Health and Social Care in Wales; and to commission and
manage high quality Research projects from their inception to dissemination.
Wales - also see National Assembly of Wales above