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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

    • Research and analysis
  2. Evaluating business support interventions: a productivity based approach

    • Research and analysis
  3. Adult skills: mapping investment

    • Research and analysis
  4. Prior qualifications of adult apprentices 2013 to 2014

    • Research and analysis
  5. Prior qualifications of adults taking maths and English courses 2013 to 2014

    • Research and analysis
  6. Prior qualifications of adults in further education classroom-based courses 2013 to 2014

    • Research and analysis
  7. Understanding skills mismatches in the economy

    • Research and analysis
  8. Further education qualifications in maths and English: returns and benefits

    • Research and analysis
  9. Publicly funded training: impact on employers' productivity

    • Research and analysis
  10. 24+ Advanced Learning Loans: assessment of the first year

    • Research and analysis
  11. Small and medium enterprises lending and competition: market comparison

    • Research and analysis
  12. Small Business Survey 2015: businesses with no employees

    • Research and analysis
  13. Small Business Survey 2015: businesses with employees

    • Research and analysis
  14. UK aerospace maintenance, repair, overhaul and logistics industry analysis

    • Research and analysis
  15. Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS): evaluation methodology

    • Research and analysis
  16. Advanced Propulsion Centre: scoping evaluation

    • Research and analysis
  17. Advanced Propulsion Centre: process evaluation

    • Research and analysis
  18. Aerospace Technology Institute: scoping evaluation

    • Research and analysis
  19. Shareholding: the role of intermediaries

    • Research and analysis
  20. Prior qualifications of adults on offender learning and skills courses: January to March 2015

    • Research and analysis

2015

  1. Regional Growth Fund: impact and economic evaluation options

    • Research and analysis
  2. UK skills and productivity in an international context

    • Research and analysis
  3. Higher education: alternative provider student number controls, 2014 to 2015

    • Research and analysis
  4. Further education: impact of skills and training on the unemployed

    • Research and analysis
  5. Further education: comparing labour market economic benefits from qualifications gained

    • Research and analysis
  6. Apprenticeship trailblazers evaluation

    • Research and analysis
  7. Employers’ graduate recruitment and selection practices

    • Research and analysis
  8. Graduates' attitudes: effect of higher education

    • Research and analysis
  9. Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative (AMSCI): process evaluation

    • Research and analysis
  10. Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative (AMSCI): impact and evaluation options

    • Research and analysis
  11. Women on boards: 5 year summary (Davies review)

    • Research and analysis
  12. Young people and their movement between education and work

    • Research and analysis
  13. Social mobility: contribution of further education and skills

    • Research and analysis
  14. Enterprise pilots in prisons: evaluation

    • Research and analysis
  15. Small Business Survey: method for linking data to the Inter-Departmental Business Register

    • Research and analysis
  16. Small Business Survey 2014: businesses led by women and ethnic minorities

    • Research and analysis
  17. Progression of apprentices to higher education

    • Research and analysis
  18. Progression of further education students to higher education

    • Research and analysis
  19. Small Business Digital Capability Programme Challenge Fund: evaluation

    • Research and analysis
  20. Digital capabilities in small and medium enterprises

    • Research and analysis
  21. Entrepreneurship skills: literature and policy review

    • Research and analysis
  22. Small business owners' dispositions towards growth

    • Research and analysis
  23. Trade in building materials and components in 2014

    • Research and analysis
  24. Compulsory country of origin marking: impact on UK business

    • Research and analysis
  25. Small Business Survey 2014: home-based and family-owned businesses

    • Research and analysis
  26. Pregnancy and maternity-related discrimination and disadvantage: first findings

    • Research and analysis
  27. Local Enterprise Partnerships: evidence on local innovation strengths

    • Research and analysis
  28. Research and development: relationship between public and private investment

    • Research and analysis
  29. Research and innovation organisations: functions and policy issues

    • Research and analysis
  30. Employer ownership of skills pilot round 1: first report

    • Research and analysis
  31. Leadership and management skills in small and medium-sized businesses

    • Research and analysis
  32. Small businesses: understanding growth

    • Research and analysis
  33. Directors' pay reforms: how companies and shareholders are responding

    • Research and analysis
  34. Small and medium-sized businesses: how ambition affects growth

    • Research and analysis
  35. Entrepreneurship: understanding the motivations

    • Research and analysis
  36. Small Business Survey 2014: businesses with employees

    • Research and analysis
  37. GrowthAccelerator: evaluation - stakeholder views of the service

    • Research and analysis
  38. Literacy and numeracy: learning from high-performing and improving countries

    • Research and analysis

2014

  1. High street and retail sector: recent trends and policy implications

    • Research and analysis
  2. Apprenticeships evaluation 2014: learner and employer surveys

    • Research and analysis
  3. Investment in skills and innovation

    • Research and analysis
  4. Transnational education: value to the UK

    • Research and analysis
  5. GrowthAccelerator: evaluation - early estimate of impact

    • Research and analysis
  6. Metrics and models used to assess company and investment performance

    • Research and analysis
  7. BIS research strategy 2014 to 2015

    • Research and analysis
  8. Family businesses: research

    • Research and analysis
  9. Higher apprenticeships: employer participation in the accounting sector

    • Research and analysis
  10. Apprenticeships: employer participation in the health sector

    • Research and analysis
  11. Higher and further education and skills: review of value added

    • Research and analysis
  12. International Festival for Business: developing a monitoring and evaluation framework

    • Guidance
  13. 24+ Advanced Learning Loans: tracking the impact

    • Research and analysis
  14. Student income and expenditure survey 2011 to 2012

    • Research and analysis
  15. Apprenticeships evaluation 2012 to 2013: learner and employer surveys

    • Research and analysis
  16. Learning from Futuretrack: dropout from higher education

    • Research and analysis
  17. Learning from Futuretrack: studying and living at home

    • Research and analysis
  18. Community Learning Trust pilot: evaluation

    • Research and analysis
  19. Apprenticeships: employer influence

    • Research and analysis
  20. Understanding localised policy interventions: start-up loans in England’s south-west

    • Research and analysis

2013

  1. Apprenticeship grant for employers: evaluation

    • Research and analysis
  2. Understanding localised policy interventions in business support and skills

    • Research and analysis
  3. Demand for mentoring among small and medium-sized enterprises

    • Research and analysis
  4. Performance of the UK research base: international comparison - 2013

    • Research and analysis
  5. Customer experience of business support services

    • Research and analysis
  6. English business survey: exploratory analysis

    • Research and analysis
  7. Disaggregated analysis of the long run impact of vocational qualifications

    • Research and analysis
  8. Prior qualifications of adult apprentices: 2011 to 2012

    • Research and analysis
  9. Prior qualifications of adults in further education classroom-based courses: 2011 to 2012

    • Research and analysis
  10. Prior qualifications of adults on Skills for Life courses: 2010 to 2011

    • Research and analysis
  11. Prior qualifications of adults in further education workplace learning: 2011 to 2012

    • Research and analysis
  12. National Careers Service satisfaction and progression surveys annual report: April 2012 to March 2013 fieldwork

    • Research and analysis
  13. Accuracy of predicted A level grades: 2010 UCAS admission process

    • Research and analysis
  14. Benefits of participating in higher education: key findings and reports quadrants

    • Research and analysis
  15. Impact of learning below level 2 in further education

    • Research and analysis
  16. Import demand: long run income elasticities

    • Research and analysis
  17. Construction industry: supply chain analysis

    • Research and analysis
  18. Wider benefits of higher education: literature review

    • Research and analysis
  19. Learning from Futuretrack: impact of work experiences on HE student outcomes

    • Research and analysis
  20. Measuring additionality in apprenticeships

    • Research and analysis
  21. Working while studying: follow-up to the Student Income and Expenditure Survey 2011 to 2012

    • Research and analysis
  22. Labour market change and the future of middle-ranking jobs

    • Research and analysis
  23. Employer support for part-time higher education students

    • Research and analysis
  24. Smart cities international case studies: global innovators

    • Research and analysis
  25. Smart city market: UK opportunities

    • Research and analysis
  26. English and maths provision for adult learners: benefits

    • Research and analysis
  27. Further education and skills reform plan 'New Challenges, New Chances’: evaluation

    • Research and analysis
  28. Further education sector: competition issues

    • Research and analysis
  29. Adult skills international survey 2012

    • Research and analysis
  30. Apprenticeship pay survey 2012

    • Research and analysis
  31. Community Learning Trust pilot: summary evaluation report

    • Research and analysis
  32. Massive open online courses and online distance learning: review

    • Research and analysis
  33. Adult career decision-making: qualitative research

    • Research and analysis
  34. Efficiency in the higher education sector: technical exploration

    • Research and analysis
  35. Listing decisions of UK companies: motivations

    • Research and analysis
  36. University degrees: impact on lifecycle of earnings

    • Research and analysis
  37. Graduates and economic growth across countries

    • Research and analysis
  38. Privately funded providers of higher education in the UK

    • Research and analysis
  39. Co-funding for training: international evidence

    • Research and analysis
  40. Trade credit in the UK construction industry

    • Research and analysis
  41. Microbusinesses: understanding growth

    • Research and analysis
  42. Ordnance Survey open data: economic value study

    • Research and analysis
  43. Further Education Funding Changes Relating to Incentives for Training Unemployed Learners: Research on the Impact

    • Research and analysis
  44. Employment, Partnership and Skills

    • Research and analysis
  45. Community learning learner survey report March 2013

    • Research and analysis
  46. Review of the Economic Benefits of Training and Qualifications: Research based on Cross-Sectional and Administrative Data

    • Research and analysis
  47. Continuing vocational training survey (CVTS4) report

    • Research and analysis
  48. Youth unemployment: review of training for young people with low qualifications

    • Research and analysis
  49. Research into training for young adults aged 19 to 24 who are not in education, employment or training (NEET)

    • Research and analysis
  50. Motivation and barriers to learning for young people not in education, employment or training

    • Research and analysis
  51. The impact of further education learning

    • Research and analysis
  52. Unit delivery trials: assessment of learner benefits

    • Research and analysis
  53. 24+ Advanced Learning Loans: specific learner groups

    • Research and analysis

2012

  1. Evaluation of the deepened co-location (Jobcentre and Next Steps) trials

    • Research and analysis
  2. 2011 skills for life survey

    • Research and analysis
  3. Evaluation of the impact of capital expenditure in further education (FE) colleges

    • Research and analysis
  4. Prior qualifications of adults undertaking classroom-based courses in further education 2010 to 2011

    • Research and analysis
  5. Prior qualifications of adult apprentices 2010 to 2011

    • Research and analysis
  6. Prior qualifications of learners on train to gain provision at level 2 and level 3 in 2010 to 2011

    • Research and analysis
  7. Tracking the decision-making of high achieving higher education applicants

    • Research and analysis
  8. Next Step service: an exploratory evaluation

    • Research and analysis
  9. Evidence of the wider benefits of family learning: a scoping review

    • Research and analysis
  10. Valuing adult learning: comparing wellbeing valuation and contingent valuation

    • Research and analysis
  11. Contribution of basic skills to health related outcomes during adulthood: evidence from the BCS70

    • Research and analysis
  12. Relationship between adult learning and wellbeing: evidence from the 1958 National Child Development Study

    • Research and analysis
  13. Learning and wellbeing outcomes among older adults in England

    • Research and analysis
  14. National adult learner survey 2010

    • Research and analysis
  15. Next Step satisfaction and progression surveys: annual report (September 2011 - March 2012 fieldwork)

    • Research and analysis
  16. Student income and expenditure survey: methodological review

    • Research and analysis
  17. Expanding and improving part-time higher education

    • Research and analysis
  18. Understanding higher education in further education colleges

    • Research and analysis
  19. Armed Forces literacy and numeracy skills study

    • Research and analysis
  20. Apprenticeships evaluation 2011: learner and employer surveys

    • Research and analysis
  21. Employer investment in apprenticeships and workplace learning: the fifth net benefits of training to employers study

    • Research and analysis
  22. Education and skills: how much benefit does government-funded training bring

    • Research and analysis
  23. Publicly funded training: impact on productivity in firms

    • Research and analysis
  24. Investing in intangible assets: impact on productivity

    • Research and analysis
  25. Investing in intangible assets: summary of impact on productivity

    • Research and analysis
  26. Further education loans: attitudes among learners post-introduction

    • Research and analysis
  27. Further education teachers' qualification regulations: outcomes, barriers and good practice

    • Research and analysis
  28. Apprenticeship pay survey 2011

    • Research and analysis
  29. Tracking international graduate outcomes: 2011

    • Research and analysis

2011

  1. Preparation for new further education reforms and skills policies: summary

    • Research and analysis
  2. Improving adult literacy and numeracy skills: research review

    • Research and analysis
  3. Constraints on developing management practices in the UK

    • Research and analysis
  4. Helping people make choices about post-16 education

    • Research and analysis
  5. Long-term evaluation of apprenticeships: options study

    • Research and analysis
  6. Amplifying the voice of Muslim students: literature review

    • Research and analysis
  7. Intermediate and low level vocational qualifications: economic returns

    • Research and analysis
  8. Evaluation of Leadership and Management Advisory Service

    • Research and analysis
  9. Evaluation of National Skills Academies

    • Research and analysis
  10. Estimating the value of UK education imports: feasibility study

    • Research and analysis
  11. Accuracy of predicted A level grades: 2009 UCAS admissions process

    • Research and analysis
  12. Supporting graduate employability: practice in other countries

    • Research and analysis
  13. Higher education qualifications: returns and benefits

    • Research and analysis
  14. Education exports: estimating their value to the UK

    • Research and analysis
  15. Age and returns to training [annex 2]

    • Research and analysis
  16. Reporting on employment and earnings: using experimental matched data

    • Research and analysis
  17. Train to Gain: employment and earning outcomes from extended analysis

    • Research and analysis
  18. Annex to earnings comparison: Individualised Learner Record and Labour Force Survey

    • Research and analysis
  19. Vocational qualifications: long term effect on labour market

    • Research and analysis
  20. Identifying claimants' needs: capability of Jobcentre Plus advisors

    • Research and analysis
  21. Access to work-related training

    • Research and analysis
  22. Prior qualifications of adult learners: Train to Gain 2009 to 2010

    • Research and analysis
  23. Prior qualifications of adult learners: adult apprentices 2009 to 2010

    • Research and analysis
  24. Prior achievement of adult learners: provider level research 2010

    • Research and analysis
  25. Prior qualifications of adult learners: learner responsive provision 2009 to 2010

    • Research and analysis
  26. What do employers want from an aligned employment and skills system?

    • Research and analysis
  27. Public sector procurement and skills policy review

    • Research and analysis
  28. Further education: measuring the economic impact

    • Research and analysis
  29. Science, technology, engineering and maths graduates in non-STEM jobs

    • Research and analysis
  30. National learner satisfaction survey

    • Research and analysis
  31. Part-time students in UK higher education: employer perspectives

    • Research and analysis

2010

Published 17 October 2013
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  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.