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.


You can find our research reports published since May 2010 in GOV.UK’s publications section.

Research published before May 2010 is available from the UK Government Web Archive.

Research projects

We advertise our research projects on Contracts Finder. You can find our projects by searching for ‘DFERPPU’, which is a code that appears on all the department’s project listings.

You can apply to tender for new projects on Contracts Finder. Use the style guide and template to write your research publications.

We manage all contracts on the basis of our terms and conditions.

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 are working through a backlog of applications and aim to reply as soon as possible.

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

If you have any queries, please email: