The Social Research Centre provides the Australian social research community with access to world-class research services including research design, survey management, statistical consulting, analytical thinking and qualitative methodologies.
Our motivation stems from the desire to collect data of the highest quality, to undertake research in the public good and to enhance knowledge and contribute to informed decision-making.
We work to the highest quality standards, guided by the Total Survey Error framework for quantitative research and a Quality Framework for qualitative research. We believe that by specialising solely in social and health research we are well placed, not only to better understand the demands of such research, but also to strive to continuously improve the methods used. Our pursuit of excellence is enshrined in our mission and governing principles. The Social Research Centre has quality accreditation according to the ISO 20252 – Market, Opinion and Social Research Standard.
Established in 2000 the Social Research Centre's resources include:
- over 60 professional staff including researchers, statisticians, analysts and support;
- a dedicated Qualitative Research Unit; and
- a 126 station Call Centre with bilingual interviewing capability in 25 languages.
We are owned by the Australian National University (ANU) with unprecedented access to ANU researchers and ANU's world-class research environment. The Social Research Centre is also co-founder of the ANU Centre for Social Research and Methods, based in the Research School of Social Sciences at the ANU in Canberra.