IFF Research: Social & Market Research Agency

Who we are

IFF Research is an independent social and market research agency with a strong reputation for delivering high quality and high impact research.

We’ve been helping our clients overcome challenges and achieve their objectives, since 1965. This experience has hundreds of organisations collect high quality insight, with a seamless service and full confidence in their results.

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What we do

We provide tailor-made research solutions that help our clients from the public, private and voluntary sector make better informed decisions.

Using our expertise in a range of quantitative and qualitative methodologies, we’ll design and deliver an effective solution for impactful results.

See some of our recent work

How we do it

IFF Research is a full-service agency, which means we’ll support you at all stages of your project, from design to data collection and dissemination.

As your research partner, we’ll use our understanding of your needs, to create the most appropriate solution, with senior involvement and strong communication throughout.

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Our key sectors

Learning & Skills

Discovering how government policy affects learners, workers and business

Higher Education

Supporting institutions throughout the Higher Education lifecycle


Helping government, housing providers and business to solve housing-related challenges

Business & Enterprise

Evaluating products, services and initiatives, plus wider aspects like innovation and growth

Employment & Benefits

Providing thorough insight into conditions for workers and those on benefits


Helping regulators make fair and informed decisions with high-quality independent research

Health & Wellbeing

Researching how effective policies, programmes and communications are for patients and health professionals

Financial Services

Supporting the financial services to meet the needs of their consumers and members

DWP’s employment pilots for people with drug/alcohol dependencies

Professional Services

Providing actionable insights to help the sector satisfy the needs of customers and regulators


“IFF were extremely accommodating adding additional questions to address gaps in the evidence base. They were also innovative in adapting a modular approach so that the sample size could be split and more topic areas could be covered. Whilst balancing the merger of the two surveys into one and adopting a modular approach and all the complexities that come with it, they went even further investigating a move away from quota sampling. Tasking themselves with this additional work shows the dedication of the team.”

— Julianne Kieran, Department for the Economy, Northern Ireland

News & blogs

pros and cons of in-house research
DfE’s Longitudinal Study of Child and Family Social Workers