Supporting Research, Intelligence and Policy in the Public Sector

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Supporting Research, Intelligence and Policy in the Public Sector

If you work in any form of research, intelligence and policy within the public sector, or as an external contractor, please complete this survey. It is being run jointly by the Local Area Research and Intelligence Association (LARIA) and the Social Services Research Group (SSRG). The results will help us understand the support needed by research, intelligence and policy professionals in the public sector, in particular the role of professional bodies such as LARIA and the SSRG.

There has been a huge change in the nature of the public sector in the UK over the last few years which will continue. Cuts to funding remain an important context as will the new challenges presented by leaving the EU. There is a clear role for research, intelligence and policy in understanding the impact of these changes and informing the response to them. However, there is no clear view on what support is needed for staff in these roles, which could make it harder to use evidence to inform commissioning and practice. This survey aims to find out what this support should be.

The findings will be shared widely but will also be used by LARIA and SSRG to consider all aspects of the support they offer to their members and potential new members.

We have sent this questionnaire to staff responsible for research and data analysis in local authorities and in other organisations that provide information or research to local authorities. We are particularly interested in the views of SSRG and LARIA members, but please also complete if you are not a member of these organisations.

No individuals will be identified as part of this study, but if enough people reply we will provide information by organisation type and location. Please share your personal views as an individual. We are not asking for a collective view from a named organisation and therefore more than one person from an organisation can take part.

This survey should take no more than 15-20 minutes to complete. It will close at noon on Friday 2nd December 2016. If you would like more information about this survey, please contact the survey team at admin@laria.org.uk.