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  • Why we’re here

    We’re the Scottish arm of Britain’s largest independent social research agency. For over 10 years we’ve worked for government and charities to find out what people really think about important social issues.

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  • WST What Scotland Thinks

    What Scotland Thinks
    provides impartial, current information on public attitudes to Scottish devolution.

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    • Leafleting Our research

      Social & political attitudes

      Our considerable experience of measuring and interpreting social attitudes is best exemplified by our British Social Attitudes survey, set up in 1983.

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    • Taking exams Our research

      Schools, education & training

      We conduct a number of studies relating to education and skills, from evaluations of school-based initiatives, to studies into childcare provision.

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    • Family outside house Our research


      We have substantial experience of conducting large, complex surveys, as well as in-depth, qualitative studies in most areas covered by family policies.

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    • Man handcuffed Our research

      Crime & justice

      Our work spans: victimisation and crime & punishment; the civil justice system; and the organisation of the legal profession.

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    • Muslim ladies Our research

      Equality & diversity

      We have a long tradition and extensive experience of conducting research about social inclusion.

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    • Mother and baby Our research

      Health & wellbeing

      Our research spans general health and lifestyle studies to studies focusing on particular health issues or sections of the population.

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    • Woman working out finances Our research

      Income & work

      Our work in this area includes taking stock of the financial circumstances of the population as a whole, as well as smaller more specific studies.

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