Welcome to Policy Studies Institute
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PSI undertakes and publishes research studies relevant to social, economic, industrial and environmental policy. In 2009 it merged with the University of Westminster.
PSI takes a politically neutral stance on issues of public policy and has no connections with any political party, commercial interest or pressure group.
Our income is derived from funds for individual research projects received from a variety of sources including government departments; agencies such as ACAS and the Environment Agency; charitable trusts such as the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the Nuffield Foundation; research councils such as the Economic and Social Research Council; the European Commission; and companies.
PSI’s director is Malcolm Rigg. PSI’s researchers are organised in two multi-disciplinary groups: Environment, and Work and Social Policy (WASP). Policy research often addresses issues requiring interdisciplinary approaches. We frequently undertake collaborative projects. Our research strength lies in our use of the most advanced methods and professional expertise, combined with a commitment to analysis and presentation that are of value of to all of those interested in evaluating and changing public policies. We have a strong reputation for using large-scale national surveys in innovative and creative ways, but we also make extensive use of other research methods, including case studies, intensive interviewing of special groups, statistical analysis, scenario building, literature and document research, focus groups and discussions with practitioners and other stakeholders, seminars, conferences and group discussions.
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