Our standards

Home Office Science works to the highest professional standards.

We work to meet the highest professional standards by:

  • operating a rigorous approval process for research projects
  • peer reviewing our research
  • working to specific protocols developed with the Office for National Statistics (ONS)


Our project quality approval board must review and approve all social research projects before they begin. This ensures that the research will be of the appropriate quality and will achieve its aims.

Peer reviews

Once the research is complete, in most cases we send the final project report to be peer reviewed by two external experts. We choose peer reviewers for their knowledge of the subject and their expertise in the methodology used for the research.

Academic and practitioner peer reviewers can download copies of our peer review proformas here.


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