The use of research evidence in Parliament

picture of room in parliament

Between 2014 and 2017, POST ran a programme of activity to study the use of research evidence within parliamentary debate and scrutiny, including the impact of POST.

Using a mixed method approach, the study investigated how research evidence was conceived and used within the UK Parliament. The project employed surveys, interviews, in-depth case studies and documentary analysis to examine how MPs, Peers, MPs' staff and parliamentary staff define and use research evidence, and to explore the diverse routes through which research evidence is mobilised throughout Parliament.

This work was conducted by the Social Science section, which was established in partnership with the Economic and Social Research Council and with the support of University College London.

POST published its report in November 2017.

More evaluations about POST can be seen here.

The Role of Research in the UK Parliament: Reports

Volume One of the report presents key findings from the two-year study to look at how research is defined and used inside the UK Parliament.

Volume Two contains appendices and supplementary content.

Overview of research project

Steering Group Members

  • To ensure that the research programme is methodologically robust, a steering group was established to provide expert guidance. It wa formed of Members of Parliament, internal representatives from across both Houses and external academics and practitioners.


    Details about steering group members.