Corporate report

GSR Diversity and Inclusion Strategy 2021-2025

To strengthen GSR through improving our diversity and inclusion, thereby improving GSR’s evidence and advice to inform decision-making



The Government Social Research (GSR) Diversity and Inclusion Strategy 2021-2025: ‘Growing and embedding a diverse and inclusive GSR culture’ has been developed and written by the profession for the profession as well as allied professions and disciplines. Diversity and inclusion (D&I) forms one strand of the GSR Strategy 2021-2025: ‘Social Research In and For Government’ and demonstrates the profession’s commitment to D&I.

To achieve GSR’s goal of putting people and society-centred research, advice and design at the heart of government decision-making, the profession needs to be diverse and inclusive, bringing diversity of perspectives to thinking and being inclusive of the population as a whole.
GSR will build and embed D&I through four main strands:

  • Attracting a diverse profession: Raising awareness of GSR and increasing applications, particularly from underrepresented groups
  • Inclusive and fair recruitment and selection: Ensuring no overt or unconscious discrimination within selection processes, providing a fair and unbiased process for candidates
  • Embedding and retaining an inclusive culture: Inclusive and supportive culture where all members have the opportunity to develop their career
  • Accurate monitoring of GSR data: Accurate and timely data with which to monitor and prioritise D&I interventions within GSR

Progress against our D&I goals will require work across all levels of GSR: our Strategy and Profession Boards; our departmental Heads of Profession; and individual members. Culture change requires concerted and sustained activity; this Strategy is simply the first step.

Published 29 January 2021