What’s coming up for policy research at Sense?

Our Policy Research Manager, Georgina, talks us through our latest research and what’s coming soon.

George, a young man wearing glasses, using BSL to communicate.

Why is policy research important?

Our research on the lives, experiences and priorities of people with complex disabilities, play a vital part in our influencing work. It also helps bring to life and evidence our work to improve the lives of people with complex disabilities.

Research helps us to identify where change needs to happen and what change people would like to see.

Looking ahead to 2023 there is more for us to do!

Last year was an incredible year for our research

What’s next?

Following on from our research last year, we are continuing to build our evidence base on the lives of people with complex disabilities. We are also undertaking research that responds to what is happening externally with government policy, changes to legislation and the economy.

This year our research projects include:

  • What does good look like when supporting people with complex disabilities to find work? Our findings from last year’s Potential and Possibility research highlighted some issues we wanted to find out more about. We have been working in partnership with our employment service. This research will be published in April and will help us with the next stage of our influencing around employment. This is well timed after the government published their disability and employment white paper last week.
  • We are repeating our Potential and Possibility research. We launched our survey last week and are looking forward to people engaging and sharing their experiences to help inform our work.
  • Finding out more about how cost of living continues to impact disabled people. We know that the cost of living crisis isn’t going away so we will be continuing to carry out research on this. We have a regular survey with people Sense supports to help us to understand this more. There are also more national datasets that we’ll be using to help us, like the work being carried out by the Office of National Statistics (ONS).

This is just a sneak peak of some of our confirmed projects. We have more that we’re working on and will be able to share soon. Stay tuned for more updates!