Learning & Skills research specialists

Ensuring that the UK has a population with the right skills, competencies and qualifications is vital to help us compete, succeed and prosper in the modern global marketplace. This means supporting people to improve their skills and qualifications, to help them access better quality jobs and progress in work.

Equally important is understanding the skills needs of employers, how these are changing and how the education and training system can keep pace. Alongside improving the quality of education for children from early years through to post-16. And evaluating the delivery and impacts of specific policies and programmes to understand what works, for whom, and how it is best delivered.

Which is where we come in. We help government, sector and trade bodies and policy makers make better informed decisions to support the development of a strong, flexible, responsive education and skills system.

Why IFF?

Policy expertise

With over 50 years’ experience working within learning & skills, we understand the policy context and challenges you face, and we know what matters.

Tailor made research

From large-scale surveys to in-depth qualitative research and complex process and impact evaluations, you’ll receive robust, high-quality research, designed to meet your specific objectives.

We see this as a partnership

Working together towards a common goal, our team become an extension of your own. Our flexible and collaborative approach, with guidance and strong communication throughout means you’re always kept in the loop and can trust us to deliver.

Some of our specialisms

From one-off surveys, to complex evaluations, we offer a wide range of solutions, to meet your insight needs. Here are a just a few ways we can help.

Research with employers on skills and training

From large-scale surveys to depth interviews and focus groups, we deliver actionable insight into employers’ skills needs and their recruitment and training attitudes and behaviours.

Education research covering early years, schools and FE providers

From experiences of specific policies and programmes, to more wide-ranging research on the factors underpinning staff recruitment and retention, we can help you find out what education leaders and staff really think.

Learner experience and progression studies

From school pupils to adult learners, we tailor our methods to help you understand learner motivations, experiences and aspirations for the future.

Our research partners

We work with government bodies, policy makers and education providers. Here are a handful of our partners in education, learning & skills research.


Learn more about some of our recent published work.

Apprenticeship Evaluation 2021 – Employers research report, Department for Education

March 2022

Apprenticeship Evaluation 2021 – Learners research report, Department for Education

March 2022

An evaluation of the ESOL for Integration Fund, DLUHC

August 2022

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