Research at DfE
Find DfE research publications and invitations to tender for new research projects.
Our social research aims to provide high-quality evidence to inform policy development and delivery.
Building evidence into our services is crucial to improving the education and children’s services we provide. We have published a collection of papers that set out research priorities and questions across education and children’s services for the research community, sector and department. We hope these papers will encourage researchers, sector organisations and practitioners to discuss research needs and contribute to the development of our policy and practice.
More information on how we are building evidence into education and children’s services is available from our ‘research priorities for education and children’s services’ collection.
You can find our published research reports from the last 5 years in GOV.UK’s publications section.
Our archived research is available from the National Archives.
You can find a list of our current research contracts on Contracts Finder.
Invitations to tender for new projects
You must submit an expression of interest (EOI) for us to consider you for an invitation to tender. Please use the.
To express an interest you must first register with us and will need your ID number.
To register, please complete the supplier registration form.
We let all contracts on the basis of our terms and conditions. We encourage you to read the EOI guide before submitting your EOI. There is also a style guide and template for contractors writing research publications.
Submission of an EOI does not guarantee an invitation to tender, and we do not routinely advise organisations that they have not been successful. However, we will provide feedback if you request it.
Calls for expressions of interest
We will list calls for expressions of interest here when they are available.
EOI ID number and general enquiries
If you have a query about your EOI ID number, please email us at: email@example.com.
For all other enquiries about our research, please contact us.
From 2010 to 2014 we worked with a number of independent organisations who provided us with national and international evidence. The following research centres were under contract with us and are now finishing the work we commissioned:
the Centre for Analysis of Youth Transitions (CAYT) provided us with evidence on young people’s transitions through education and wider adolescence into the labour market and adulthood
the Centre for Understanding Behaviour Change (CUBeC) provided us with evidence on drivers of behaviour and ‘what works’ to help people make better choices for themselves
the Childhood Wellbeing Research Centre (CWRC) provided us with evidence on children’s wellbeing and life chances, including safeguarding, families, and the relationship between wellbeing and educational outcomes