Diversity & Inclusion in the Social Research Profession

We want to understand the career and workplace experiences of people who work in the social research sector to start a conversation in our profession about diversity and inclusion issues.

We need to hear from researchers, research managers, analysts, statisticians, research commissioners, and those in other roles who work on social research issues to fill an important gap in evidence about the profession.

This survey gathers information on:
  • who is working in the sector;
  • their experiences in relation to diversity & inclusion;
  • their experiences and opinions on equality, diversity & inclusion initiatives, including best and worst practice; and
  • their views on whether the practice of social research adequately reflects the diversity of wider society.
The survey is part of a wider programme of work which will include follow-up qualitative interviews, a report and a number of dissemination events.

The research is being carried on behalf of the Social Research Association, with funding from Power to Change and Kantar Public, and being conducted by the Young Foundation.

We appreciate you taking the time to complete this survey. It should take between 15 and 25 minutes, depending on your answers.

How will my information be used and stored?

Your responses will only be used for research purposes or to contact you in line with the permissions you provide at the end of the survey. Data will be reported in aggregate and you will not be identifiable in any report.

All information collected will be stored securely for the duration of the research project. Research data is kept for a maximum 10 years. If you choose to be emailed a copy of the report from this research, The Young Foundation will pass your contact details onto the Social Research Association for this purpose. Personal data is kept and destroyed in line with The Young Foundation’s Privacy Policy.

If you have any queries about the research or your information, please contact research@youngfoundation.org.

We are very grateful to Kantar Public for permission to use several survey questions from their Inclusion Index. This has made a significant contribution to the design of the questionnaire.