- Social Researcher, UK
The Cabinet Office acts, alongside HM Treasury, as the strategic centre of
government. That means supporting the Prime Minister in ensuring the
Government’s programme is delivered successfully and helping the Minister for the
Cabinet Office to make Government work better and to deliver more efficient
services for the public. It’s a fast-moving environment where analysts will face
professional challenges and engage in interesting and influential analytical work.
Most important, working in the Cabinet Office provides analysts with a number of
insights and opportunities that are unique to working at the centre of government.
The main objectives of the Cabinet Office are to:
1. Support the Prime Minister and Cabinet to deliver the Government's
2. Drive efficiencies and reforms that will make Government work better
3. Build a stronger civil society
4. Create a more united democracy
5. Strengthen and secure the United Kingdom at home and abroad
Social Research in Cabinet Office
Social researchers within the Cabinet Office work closely with policy colleagues to
provide research and analysis across a wide range of dynamic policy areas.
Social researchers at Cabinet Office typically have a mixed portfolio of work that
provides the opportunity to develop skills in all areas of social research methods and
analysis. The high-profile and fast-paced culture at Cabinet Office also means that
social researchers routinely have the opportunity to develop their skill set across the
range of civil service competencies.
A Cabinet Office researcher might be involved in designing and delivering largescale
evaluations and national surveys, providing written and oral briefing to senior
officials and ministers and conducting analysis of administrative or survey data.
There are currently around 12 social researchers at Cabinet Office, some based
within the central Analysis and Insight unit while others are embedded into policy
units. There is a strong culture of multidisciplinary working in Cabinet Office with
social researchers working closely alongside economists and statisticians.
Examples of what Cabinet Office social researchers do include:
o Designing and managing large-scale evaluations such as the National Citizen
Service – the Government’s flagship programme for young people.
o Delivering national surveys using innovative approaches such as the Community
o Supporting a large number of trials and other evaluations to understand the
impact and cost-benefit of a number of grant-funded social action programmes.
o Delivering randomised control trials in partnership with local authorities, and
commercial software suppliers to build evidence of more effective electoral
o Delivering the People Survey, the annual employee engagement survey, to over
400,000 Civil Servants across nearly 100 organisations, producing analysis of the
results and presenting it to senior stakeholders across the Civil Service.
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