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Who we are

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. 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.

Established in 2000, our resources include:

  • over 65 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.

Our values

  1. Being leaders and innovators in applied social research methodology.
  2. Undertaking research that has a positive social impact.
  3. Expertly collecting, processing and interpreting quantitative and qualitative data.
  4. Cultivating a corporate ethos of continuous improvement and pursuit of excellence.
  5. Creating high-performance research teams and working respectfully, collaboratively and transparently with our clients, our stakeholders and each other.
  6. Actively enabling the participation of marginalised and vulnerable members of the community in our research.
  7. Encouraging and supporting our people to reach their full potential.
  8. Working to the highest ethical standards.

Our relationship with ANU

We are owned by the Australian National University (ANU) and have unprecedented access to ANU researchers and ANU's world class research environment.

We co-founded the ANU Centre for Social Research and Methods with ANU. The Centre is based in the Research School of Social Sciences at ANU and provides significant capacity in undertaking research into applied social research and evaluation methods.

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