Guidance

The Government Social Research Competency Framework

The Competency Framework defines the professional competency for members of the Social research profession within government.

The Government Social Research (GSR) Competency Framework defines the professional competency for members of the Social Research profession within government, and how this applies at each grade.

There is one professional competency with two sub-categories:

  • ‘Technical skills’;
  • ‘Using and promoting social research’.

The professional competency is in addition to the general Civil Service Competency Framework, not a replacement for it.

The competencies are cumulative. GSR members at each grade should be able to demonstrate the competencies for the more junior grades.

This document provides detailed indicators for each grade, set out under each sub-heading. The shorter competency framework Summary and Guidance document, which includes guidance on how to use the competencies, is available on the GSR intranet site.

This new framework applies from 1st April 2017.

Government social Research Competency Framework (PDF, 422KB, 23 pages)

Published 17 February 2017