Our Research

Research Services

We have in-house expertise in a wide range of quantitative and qualitative methodologies, supported by a highly skilled team of researchers, statisticians, programmers and technical specialists.

Our services include:

  • Questionnaire design and testing via cognitive testing, questionnaire skirmishes, formal pre-testing, pilot testing and dress rehearsals
  • A specialist Qualitative Research Unit – offering in-depth interviewing, stakeholder consultations, focus groups, case studies, online discussion forums and bulletin boards, and workshops
  • Survey data management and statistical disclosure control
  • Statistical advisory services – including complex sampling and weighting, item response modelling, data visualisation, modelling and segmentation
  • Analytical and interpretative reporting
  • Survey methodology and survey execution – including via telephone, on-line, mail-out or a combination
  • Life in AustraliaTM panel - Australia’s first national probability-based online panel. 

Our specialties

The Social Research Centre has extensive experience in undertaking social research and evaluation for government to inform policy, strategy and practice. We are a full service research agency and an acknowledged leader in high quality project execution, innovative and cutting-edge research methodology, and analysis and strategic thinking.

The Social Research Centre’s input into policy development has covered a diverse range of themes and portfolios. These include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Employment and welfare – covering topics such as job seeker experiences and outcomes, service implementation, employment services and employment service providers, labour market programs, and employers
  • Education and training – research across the complete continuum of the education system from early childhood education to secondary schooling and tertiary education
  • Health and well-being – encompassing areas such as population health, child health and wellbeing, mental health, the social determinants of health, tobacco control, alcohol use, drug use, vaccinations and obesity
  • Service delivery outcomes – focusing on service experience and social, health and vocational outcomes for clients in the third party insurance and compensable injuries sectors and other service providers
  • Social policy and community attitudes – extending to issues such as parenting and families. violence against women, social cohesion, immigration, gambling, financial literacy, road safety, political participation and environmental attitudes and behaviours
  • Social marketing and communications – qualitative and quantitative research to inform and evaluate communications campaigns relating to health and broader social issues.