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Who we are

RDS is made up of skilled specialist staff such as statisticians, researchers, economists, communication professionals and scientists all working together to inform and advise Parliament and the public as well as our Home Office colleagues.

These specialists work alongside policy-makers within each Home Office business area to ensure that the department’s policies are based on solid evidence. We collect statistics and commission and run research projects to help the department bring about social change in some of the most challenging areas such as crime, drugs misuse, asylum and immigration.

Examples of our work include:

  • publishing statistics on offences recorded by the police
  • research into human trafficking to the UK
  • producing information on asylum seekers’ countries of origin

Browse RDS Publications to see the range of work we cover.

Reports published before 9 May 2007 on areas now covered by the Ministry of Justice can be found by browsing our publications.

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