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BIS research papers

This collection brings together all documents relating to BIS research papers.

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) is committed to using a strong evidence base to support the development and implementation of its policies.

Older BIS research papers are on the National Archives website.

2016

  1. Understanding the further education market
  2. Evaluating business support interventions: a productivity based approach
  3. Adult skills: mapping investment
  4. Prior qualifications of adult apprentices 2013 to 2014
  5. Prior qualifications of adults taking maths and English courses 2013 to 2014
  6. Prior qualifications of adults in further education classroom-based courses 2013 to 2014
  7. Understanding skills mismatches in the economy
  8. Further education qualifications in maths and English: returns and benefits
  9. Publicly funded training: impact on employers' productivity
  10. Advanced Learner Loans: assessments
  11. Small and medium enterprises lending and competition: market comparison
  12. Small Business Survey 2015: businesses with no employees
  13. Small Business Survey 2015: businesses with employees
  14. UK aerospace maintenance, repair, overhaul and logistics industry analysis
  15. Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS): evaluation methodology
  16. Advanced Propulsion Centre: scoping evaluation
  17. Advanced Propulsion Centre: process evaluation
  18. Aerospace Technology Institute: scoping evaluation
  19. Shareholding: the role of intermediaries
  20. Prior qualifications of adults on offender learning and skills courses: January to March 2015

2015

  1. Regional Growth Fund: impact and economic evaluation options
  2. UK skills and productivity in an international context
  3. Higher education: alternative provider student number controls, 2014 to 2015
  4. Further education: impact of skills and training on the unemployed
  5. Further education: comparing labour market economic benefits from qualifications gained
  6. Apprenticeship trailblazers evaluation
  7. Employers’ graduate recruitment and selection practices
  8. Graduates' attitudes: effect of higher education
  9. Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative (AMSCI): process evaluation
  10. Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative (AMSCI): impact and evaluation options
  11. Women on boards: 5 year summary (Davies review)
  12. Young people and their movement between education and work
  13. Social mobility: contribution of further education and skills
  14. Enterprise pilots in prisons: evaluation
  15. Small Business Survey: method for linking data to the Inter-Departmental Business Register
  16. Small Business Survey 2014: businesses led by women and ethnic minorities
  17. Progression of apprentices to higher education
  18. Progression of further education students to higher education
  19. Small Business Digital Capability Programme Challenge Fund: evaluation
  20. Digital capabilities in small and medium enterprises
  21. Entrepreneurship skills: literature and policy review
  22. Small business owners' dispositions towards growth
  23. Trade in building materials and components in 2014
  24. Compulsory country of origin marking: impact on UK business
  25. Small Business Survey 2014: home-based and family-owned businesses
  26. Pregnancy and maternity-related discrimination and disadvantage: first findings
  27. Local Enterprise Partnerships: evidence on local innovation strengths
  28. Research and development: relationship between public and private investment
  29. Research and innovation organisations: functions and policy issues
  30. Employer ownership of skills pilot round 1: first report
  31. Leadership and management skills in small and medium-sized businesses
  32. Small businesses: understanding growth
  33. Directors' pay reforms: how companies and shareholders are responding
  34. Small and medium-sized businesses: how ambition affects growth
  35. Entrepreneurship: understanding the motivations
  36. Small Business Survey 2014: businesses with employees
  37. GrowthAccelerator: evaluation - stakeholder views of the service
  38. Literacy and numeracy: learning from high-performing and improving countries

2014

  1. High street and retail sector: recent trends and policy implications
  2. Apprenticeships evaluation 2014: learner and employer surveys
  3. Investment in skills and innovation
  4. Transnational education: value to the UK
  5. GrowthAccelerator: evaluation - early estimate of impact
  6. Metrics and models used to assess company and investment performance
  7. BIS research strategy 2014 to 2015
  8. Family businesses: research
  9. Higher apprenticeships: employer participation in the accounting sector
  10. Apprenticeships: employer participation in the health sector
  11. Higher and further education and skills: review of value added
  12. International Festival for Business: developing a monitoring and evaluation framework
  13. 24+ Advanced Learning Loans: tracking the impact
  14. Student income and expenditure survey 2011 to 2012
  15. Apprenticeships evaluation 2012 to 2013: learner and employer surveys
  16. Learning from Futuretrack: dropout from higher education
  17. Learning from Futuretrack: studying and living at home
  18. Community Learning Trust pilot: evaluation
  19. Apprenticeships: employer influence
  20. Understanding localised policy interventions: start-up loans in England’s south-west

2013

  1. Apprenticeship grant for employers: evaluation
  2. Understanding localised policy interventions in business support and skills
  3. Demand for mentoring among small and medium-sized enterprises
  4. Performance of the UK research base: international comparison - 2013
  5. Customer experience of business support services
  6. English business survey: exploratory analysis
  7. Disaggregated analysis of the long run impact of vocational qualifications
  8. Prior qualifications of adult apprentices: 2011 to 2012
  9. Prior qualifications of adults in further education classroom-based courses: 2011 to 2012
  10. Prior qualifications of adults on Skills for Life courses: 2010 to 2011
  11. Prior qualifications of adults in further education workplace learning: 2011 to 2012
  12. National Careers Service satisfaction and progression surveys annual report: April 2012 to March 2013 fieldwork
  13. Accuracy of predicted A level grades: 2010 UCAS admission process
  14. Benefits of participating in higher education: key findings and reports quadrants
  15. Impact of learning below level 2 in further education
  16. Import demand: long run income elasticities
  17. Construction industry: supply chain analysis
  18. Wider benefits of higher education: literature review
  19. Learning from Futuretrack: impact of work experiences on HE student outcomes
  20. Measuring additionality in apprenticeships
  21. Working while studying: follow-up to the Student Income and Expenditure Survey 2011 to 2012
  22. Labour market change and the future of middle-ranking jobs
  23. Employer support for part-time higher education students
  24. Smart cities international case studies: global innovators
  25. Smart city market: UK opportunities
  26. English and maths provision for adult learners: benefits
  27. Further education and skills reform plan 'New Challenges, New Chances’: evaluation
  28. Further education sector: competition issues
  29. Adult skills international survey 2012
  30. Apprenticeship pay survey 2012
  31. Community Learning Trust pilot: summary evaluation report
  32. Massive open online courses and online distance learning: review
  33. Adult career decision-making: qualitative research
  34. Efficiency in the higher education sector: technical exploration
  35. Listing decisions of UK companies: motivations
  36. University degrees: impact on lifecycle of earnings
  37. Graduates and economic growth across countries
  38. Privately funded providers of higher education in the UK
  39. Co-funding for training: international evidence
  40. Trade credit in the UK construction industry
  41. Microbusinesses: understanding growth
  42. Ordnance Survey open data: economic value study
  43. Further Education Funding Changes Relating to Incentives for Training Unemployed Learners: Research on the Impact
  44. Employment, Partnership and Skills
  45. Community learning learner survey report March 2013
  46. Review of the Economic Benefits of Training and Qualifications: Research based on Cross-Sectional and Administrative Data
  47. Continuing vocational training survey (CVTS4) report
  48. Youth unemployment: review of training for young people with low qualifications
  49. Research into training for young adults aged 19 to 24 who are not in education, employment or training (NEET)
  50. Motivation and barriers to learning for young people not in education, employment or training
  51. The impact of further education learning
  52. Unit delivery trials: assessment of learner benefits
  53. 24+ Advanced Learning Loans: specific learner groups

2012

  1. Evaluation of the deepened co-location (Jobcentre and Next Steps) trials
  2. 2011 skills for life survey
  3. Evaluation of the impact of capital expenditure in further education (FE) colleges
  4. Prior qualifications of adults undertaking classroom-based courses in further education 2010 to 2011
  5. Prior qualifications of adult apprentices 2010 to 2011
  6. Prior qualifications of learners on train to gain provision at level 2 and level 3 in 2010 to 2011
  7. Tracking the decision-making of high achieving higher education applicants
  8. Next Step service: an exploratory evaluation
  9. Evidence of the wider benefits of family learning: a scoping review
  10. Valuing adult learning: comparing wellbeing valuation and contingent valuation
  11. Contribution of basic skills to health related outcomes during adulthood: evidence from the BCS70
  12. Relationship between adult learning and wellbeing: evidence from the 1958 National Child Development Study
  13. Learning and wellbeing outcomes among older adults in England
  14. National adult learner survey 2010
  15. Next Step satisfaction and progression surveys: annual report (September 2011 - March 2012 fieldwork)
  16. Student income and expenditure survey: methodological review
  17. Expanding and improving part-time higher education
  18. Understanding higher education in further education colleges
  19. Armed Forces literacy and numeracy skills study
  20. Apprenticeships evaluation 2011: learner and employer surveys
  21. Employer investment in apprenticeships and workplace learning: the fifth net benefits of training to employers study
  22. Education and skills: how much benefit does government-funded training bring
  23. Publicly funded training: impact on productivity in firms
  24. Investing in intangible assets: impact on productivity
  25. Investing in intangible assets: summary of impact on productivity
  26. Further education loans: attitudes among learners post-introduction
  27. Further education teachers' qualification regulations: outcomes, barriers and good practice
  28. Apprenticeship pay survey 2011
  29. Tracking international graduate outcomes: 2011

2011

  1. Preparation for new further education reforms and skills policies: summary
  2. Improving adult literacy and numeracy skills: research review
  3. Constraints on developing management practices in the UK
  4. Helping people make choices about post-16 education
  5. Long-term evaluation of apprenticeships: options study
  6. Amplifying the voice of Muslim students: literature review
  7. Intermediate and low level vocational qualifications: economic returns
  8. Evaluation of Leadership and Management Advisory Service
  9. Evaluation of National Skills Academies
  10. Estimating the value of UK education imports: feasibility study
  11. Accuracy of predicted A level grades: 2009 UCAS admissions process
  12. Supporting graduate employability: practice in other countries
  13. Higher education qualifications: returns and benefits
  14. Education exports: estimating their value to the UK
  15. Age and returns to training [annex 2]
  16. Reporting on employment and earnings: using experimental matched data
  17. Train to Gain: employment and earning outcomes from extended analysis
  18. Annex to earnings comparison: Individualised Learner Record and Labour Force Survey
  19. Vocational qualifications: long term effect on labour market
  20. Identifying claimants' needs: capability of Jobcentre Plus advisors
  21. Access to work-related training
  22. Prior qualifications of adult learners: Train to Gain 2009 to 2010
  23. Prior qualifications of adult learners: adult apprentices 2009 to 2010
  24. Prior achievement of adult learners: provider level research 2010
  25. Prior qualifications of adult learners: learner responsive provision 2009 to 2010
  26. What do employers want from an aligned employment and skills system?
  27. Public sector procurement and skills policy review
  28. Further education: measuring the economic impact
  29. Science, technology, engineering and maths graduates in non-STEM jobs
  30. National learner satisfaction survey
  31. Part-time students in UK higher education: employer perspectives

2010

Published 17 October 2013
Last updated 8 July 2016 + show all updates
  1. Added 'Understanding the further education market'.
  2. Added 13 new research publications.
  3. Added report on the UK aerospace maintenance, repair, overhaul and logistics industry.
  4. Added reports on the Advanced Propulsion Centre, Aerospace Technology Institute and Manufacturing Advisory Service.
  5. Added 'Shareholding: the role of intermediaries'.
  6. Added 'Prior qualifications of adults on offender learning and skills courses: January to March 2015'.
  7. Added 4 new research papers.
  8. Added 'Young people and their movement between education and work'.
  9. Added 'Social mobility: contribution of further education and skills'.
  10. Added 'Entrepreneurship skills: literature and policy review'.
  11. Added 'Research and innovation organisations: functions and policy issues'.
  12. 'Employer ownership of skills pilot round 1: first report' was added to the collection.
  13. Added a new report Directors' pay reforms: how companies and shareholders are responding.
  14. Added four new reports
  15. 'GrowthAccelerator: evaluation - stakeholder views of the service' added.
  16. We have added a new publication 'Literacy and numeracy: learning from high-performing and improving countries' (BIS/15/33/)
  17. 'Apprenticeships evaluation: employer survey 2014' (research paper number 204), and 'Apprenticeships evaluation: learner survey 2014' (research paper number 205) added.
  18. 2 BIS research papers, numbers 178 and 203, added under the joint title 'Investment in skills and innovation'.
  19. GrowthAccelerator: interim evaluation 2014 - BIS research paper 187 added
  20. Metrics and models used to assess company and investment performance: research paper 190
  21. BIS Research strategy 2014 to 2015 added to collection.
  22. Community learning learner survey publication added.
  23. Family businesses research added.
  24. Added 3 research papers on employer particpation in apprenticeships in the health sector (174) and accounting sector (175), and a 2014 update to the study into apprenticeships progression to higher education (176).
  25. Research paper #166, 'Higher and further education and skills: review of value added' now published.
  26. Added 'International Festival for Business: developing a monitoring and evaluation framework'
  27. Research paper 166: 'Higher education, further education and skills interventions: methodological issues in estimating value for money' published.
  28. Added: 24+ Advanced Learning Loans: tracking the impact
  29. Added papers #167: Learning from Futuretrack: studying and living at home, and #168: Learning from Futuretrack: drop out from higher education.
  30. 'Apprenticeships evaluation: employer' and 'Apprenticeships evaluation: learners' amended with supplementary reports containing London data.
  31. 'Apprenticeships: employer influence' added
  32. Added Community Learning Trust pilot: evaluation.
  33. Understanding localised policy interventions: start-up loans in England’s south-west added.
  34. Understanding localised policy interventions in business support and skills added.
  35. Research paper 157 Evaluation of Apprenticeship Grant for Employers (AGE) Programme added. Research paper 158 Demand for mentoring among small and medium-sized enterprises added.
  36. English business survey: exploratory analysis added.
  37. Research Paper 155: Customer journeys in business support services added.
  38. Four new reports published about prior qualifications of adults in further education and skills training.
  39. BIS reserach paper 152 - 'National Careers Service satisfaction and progression surveys annual report: April 2012 to March 2013 fieldwork' added.
  40. BIS research paper 120 added: Investigating the accuracy of predicted A level grades as part of the 2010 UCAS admission process.
  41. First published.