Family policy, Oxford Institute of Social Policy, Department of Social Policy and Intervention, University of Oxford

Oxford Institute of Social Policy

The Institute undertakes both scholarly and policy-relevant research, has a multi-disciplinary...

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Centre for Evidence-Based Intervention

The Centre for Evidence-Based Intervention conducts world-leading research to address urgent...

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Oxford Centre of Population Research

The aim of the Centre is to promote research into the demographic problems that face the...

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The Department of Social Policy and Intervention is a multidisciplinary centre of excellence for research in social policy, the development and systematic evaluation of social interventions, and population studies. Key elements of our strategy to  deliver international research excellence are:

  • building expertise by strategic recruitment and investment to consolidate and develop research strengths in specific areas;
  • emphasising methodological excellence and innovation at the macro and micro level;
  • engaging in international and collaborative research; and
  • strengthening our capacities in evaluation research and international comparative analysis.

We are committed to conducting research to inform policymaking and practice in the realm of social welfare. Our research is multi-disciplinary in approach, and often international in reach. We have numerous comparative research projects as well as many studies focused on particular countries. Although our expertise is mainly on the advanced economies, we have a growing volume of research on developing countries.

Our research contributes both to academic knowledge and debates as well as to policy and practice, and we have had a significant impact on policy debate, formulation and implementation around the globe, as well as secondary impact on people’s wellbeing.

In the most recent evaluation of university research in the UK (REF 2014), 79% of our research activity was classified as world-leading.

Within the department, our research is organised around three main clusters: