The Institute aims to improve employment policy in the UK and internationally by carrying out authoritative research of practical relevance to policy makers and those responsible for implementing policy programmes and initiatives. Our work covers all aspects of employment policy and labour market activity and is mainly organised around three main themes:
In addition, some of our work covers employment relations as well as more generic labour market research issues outside any one of the main programme themes.
We undertake local and regional research and evaluation in the UK, as well as working internationally for policy agencies and institutions in Europe, America and Asia, often in partnership with other research institutes around the world.
We employ a range of social research methods to meet our clients’ requirements, in every case combining high standards of methodological rigour with a determination to produce relevant and timely findings of practical value.
Our researchers come from a variety of backgrounds and bring together the disciplines of economics, psychology, geography, sociology and other social sciences to answer research questions
The nature of our research varies with the subject matter and the client’s requirements, but most research assignments include one or more of the following aspects:
- investigation/diagnosis: eg identifying the causes of local, regional or national labour market failure, or other employment problems
- description and analysis: eg identifying key trends and labour market developments, or auditing the provision of employment services, identifying the demand for or supply of skills
- evaluation: assessing the effectiveness or impact of a policy intervention or programme and identifying what works, how and why.
Public policy work
We are committed to the publication and dissemination of our research findings through reports, summaries, articles and presentations.