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 research reports published since May 2010 in GOV.UK’s publications section.

Archived publications

Our archived research, published before May 2010, is available from the National Archives website.

Current research

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 expression of interest form (ODT, 29.7KB) .

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’ll publish future expressions of interest here.

EOI ID number and general enquiries

If you have a query about your EOI ID number, please email us at:

For all other enquiries about our research, please contact us.

Analytical associate pool

The analytical associate pool is a group of independent academics and researchers that we can commission at short notice to provide services such as:

  • a small-scale data analysis
  • a rapid literature review (an overview of published research)
  • primary research (research of new data)
  • a peer review (an evaluation of new research)
  • quality assurance (a quality check)
  • expert advice
  • training

The pool is open to new members. If you’re interested in joining, please fill in the analytical associate pool application form. We aim to reply to you within 3 weeks of your application.

For more information on the pool and on how to complete the application form, read our guide to joining the analytic associate pool (PDF, 333KB, 8 pages) .

If you have any queries, please email: