Social science research plays an important role in our society. We believe that by raising public awareness of the social sciences and encouraging their involvement in both social and science-related research this will translate into real benefits for society and individuals. Our aims are to:
- continue to initiate and embed public dialogue in our strategic objectives and processes
- support and enable ESRC researchers and investments to engage with the public
- engage with teachers, young people and education stakeholders to help equip young people in the UK with the skills to become informed citizens, and to make them aware of careers in social science.
To achieve these aims we offer different levels of support which offer opportunities for the public, young people and social science researchers to engage.
We have recently undertaken a series of public dialogues on using administrative data (government collected data) for research. These took place in October and November 2013, and a report is available:
- Dialogue on Data: Exploring the public’s views on using linked administrative data for research purposes (PDF, 3Mb)
- Dialogue on data: Detailed methodological annex (PDF, 3.6Mb)