Our consultancy service

As a leading applied social policy research centre we combine rigorous research design and methods with practice wisdom to assist organisations to improve the quality and effectiveness of their services and influence social policy.

We work with governments and community organisations, business and philanthropy in the fields of employment, education, climate and energy equity, ageing and retirement and housing and place. We have particular expertise in understanding and assessing the impact of these issues for disadvantaged populations across the life course. 

Our consultancy services include social research and evaluation

Social research

We collect, distil and assess data that shed light on social issues, using approaches including:

  • environmental scans
  • needs assessment
  • interviews, surveys, focus groups, network analysis
  • primary and secondary data analysis
  • literature reviews
  • policy reviews and syntheses.


We undertake evaluations of programs to identify what works for whom, how and why. These may include:

  • formative evaluations
  • process evaluations
  • impact evaluations.

This work includes point-in-time and longitudinal research evaluations.

Our team

Our team has expertise in social policy, economics, economic sociology, youth studies, gerontology, education, evaluation, history, international development, anthropology, politics, law and psychology.

Our work is supported by the Brotherhood's specialist social policy library and social policy current awareness service known as Source.

Meet the research and policy team »

Learn about the library »

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Contact us

Research and Policy Centre
67 Brunswick Street
Fitzroy, Victoria 3065
Phone: (03) 9483 1364
Email: research(at)bsl.org.au

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