Social Research

crowd sceneSocial research aims to provide high quality research-based evidence and advice for Ministers and Scottish Government officials to inform policy development, implementation and evaluation.

Social researchers help generate new ideas and open debate, challenge assumptions, beliefs and attitudes, test policy ideas and develop a deeper understanding of issues as they affect Scotland.

Much of the Government's social research is commissioned through competitive tendering.


  • About

    About Social Research in Scotland.

  • Contractor Guidance

    Useful guidance for contractors.

  • Contracts Awarded

    Information on social research contracts commissioned in recent years.

  • Work Programmes

    Progress on current and forthcoming research projects, as well as recently published research projects.