Department for Work and Pensions
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is responsible for welfare and pension policy and is a key player in tackling child poverty.
The Department is a major commissioner of external social science research. All the research which is carried out flows directly from the policy agenda; Social Science Research is a key element, alongside other analytical activities, in providing the evidence base needed to inform departmental strategy, policymaking and delivery. The overall analytical activity which feeds into policy is provided by: administrative statistics provided by the Information Centre; regular surveys, usually undertaken by the Office for National Statistics; economic and statistical analysis, modelling and forecasting undertaken by in-house analysts; operational research focussed on business systems and operations; and projects that are commissioned from external organisations, and those undertaken by in-house analysts.
The UK Data Service acquires microdata from surveys sponsored by DWP including:
- Family Resources Survey, 2005-
- Households Below Average Income, 1994-
- Families and Children Study, 1999-2008
- Family Resources Survey, 1993-
- Workplace Employee Relations Survey, 1980-
- Labour Disputes in the UK, 1966-
- DSS/PSI Programme of Research into Low-Income Families, 1991-2001
- Family Expenditure Survey, 1961-2001
- New Earnings Survey, 1970-1982
- Labour Force Survey, 1975-1991