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About Social Research

About Social Research

Social Researchers support the development, implementation and evaluation of the Scottish Government's policies. Their core functions include:

  • The interpretation of evidence and the provision of research based advice
  • Engaging with the academic and wider research community to bring expert knowledge into the policy making process
  • Commissioning external research projects
  • Undertaking research such as reviews of the existing evidence base
  • Disseminating research findings and encouraging their wider use

They work closely with other analysts in the Government including statisticians, economists and operational researchers, and across all areas of Scottish Government responsibility including Education, Justice, Health and Social Care, Social Security, Environment and Climate Change, Economy, Equality, Transport, Communities and Local Government, and Culture and External Affairs.

The Chief Researcher is head of profession for all social researchers in the Scottish Government, and also leads the Office of the Chief Researcher which provides a strategic, corporate and professional support function.

The Office of the Chief Researcher can be contacted at socialresearch@gov.scot.