Government Social Researchers are bound by the Civil Service Code and its core values of integrity, honesty, objectivity and impartiality. Commitment to these values is required of all members of the Home Civil Service. As an addendum to the Civil Service Code, the GSR Code sets out specific principles to guide the work and behaviour of government social researchers.
The GSR Code is a clear articulation of GSR’s professional standards. It is a demonstration of GSR’s commitment to transparency and openness. It sets out seven principles to guide the work and behaviour of the Government Social Research Service. Adherance to the Code ensures high quality social research and analysis for government that is rigorous, relevant and valued. GSR organisations use the Code to self-assess their social research capability and to develop plans for improvement.
There are two elements of the GSR Code: people and products. Together they contain the seven core principles of the Code.