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Research is our foundation for changing lives
Our Practice Research Unit is unique. It’s one of the few places where academics work hand-in-hand with frontline colleagues to improve understanding of what works in the delivery of services to participants, businesses and wider communities.
Importantly, our research also stimulates sector-wide debates on the best way to deliver a range of services, from helping people into work, building people’s skills or preventing harm in our communities.
Our recommendations help to improve the way providers and policymakers commission services, directly impacting the way we help people to discover and realise their potential.
Through our research programmes we develop more effective services. In so doing, we lay the foundations for improving social mobility and inclusion to advance fairer, safer and more prosperous communities.