Government Social Research (GSR)
• Learning and development tailored to your role
• An environment with flexible working options
• A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
Government Social Research (GSR) is the analytical profession within Government for Civil Servants who generate and provide social and behavioural research and advice.
GSR members enable government to understand issues relating to society, groups and individuals; and support policy debate and decision-making through a variety of approaches, advice and evidence. We currently have over 1,800 professionally accredited members across 50+ departments/organisations.
GSR members come from a wide range of professional backgrounds and disciplines covering the breadth of social and behavioural sciences. Our work puts people at the heart of government decision making by providing expertise in applied quantitative and qualitative design and analysis approaches, evaluation and interventions to solve complex problems. GSR takes a scientific and tailored approach supported by bodies of knowledge and a range of research methods to inform, influence and provide robust and defensible decision-making at all levels.
GSR’s role is to:
- provide analytical insight to enable decision makers to understand systems, processes and change associated with people, groups, organisations and society – their attitudes, perceptions, behaviours and intentions – to inform and improve the quality of strategy, delivery and policy debate decision-making
- anticipate and evaluate the impact of government decisions, understand ‘what works, for whom, to what extent, in what contexts, how and why/why not?’
- provide expert social research advice and evidence to design, challenge, reduce risk, trial, improve quality and implement government strategy and policy
- maintain and grow social research professional skills, knowledge and expertise
- represent society through our membership profile and the work that we do
For further details on individual department job description, please see the candidate pack.
You are eligible to apply if:
- You have achieved a minimum of 2:1 in your undergraduate degree; or a 2:2 with a postgraduate degree.
- The qualifying degree must contain a minimum of 30% in social research methods covering all the criteria outlined below (it is not sufficient to hold the majority in one area – coverage across all areas is required)
- If you satisfy both the Nationality and Right to work/Immigration requirements.
For further details on eligibility, please see the candidate pack.
NB: Please enter your full modules and grades achieved in the CV section under the experience section of the application form.
Selection process details
Stage 1: Register
Stage 2: Short application form
Stage 3: Full application form
Stage 4: Invite to Knowledge Test
Stage 5: KT tests - pass mark set review period (admin process)
Stage 6: Sift – If successful at the online knowledge test stage, you will be sifted on your degree modules using the above criteria.
Stage 7: Those passing the sift, will be taken forward to an interview. The behaviours that you will be assessed against are:
- Managing a quality service
- Communicating and Influencing
- Working together
Further information on what to expect at the assessment centre will be sent to candidates invited to attend.
Successful candidates will be offered a Research Officer (RO) role subject to meeting entry requirements, references and security checks.
Overview of the timeline:
• 14 June 2021 - Registration opens and online tests begin.
• 25 June 2021 at 11:55am - Scheme closes (Application form (Stage 1-3) must be completed by this date).
• w/c 28 June 2021 – Invited to take a Knowledge Test
•w/c 5 July 2021 – Sift
•w/c 12 July 2021 Candidate application outcomes and assessment stage notifications confirmed and if successful will move to assessment stage
26-30 July– Interviews
August 2021 – Interview outcome sent to all candidates
Please note that these dates may be subject to change.
For further information on the selection process, please see the Candidate Pack.
Individual feedback will only be provided if you attend the assessment centre.
Who can candidates contact with questions about this vacancy?
GESR Recruitment Team
Email address for candidate questions
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