Guidance on commissioning

World Class Commissioning (WCC) is described on the Department of Health website and the Social Research Organisation has produced a good practice guide on commissioning social research. Both available here:

DH World class commissioning

Practice guide on commissioning social research

Selecting a research supplier

The Market Research Society has a directory of research providers that can be used to search for your specific requirements available from the following:

MRS research buyers guide website

If you are looking for a qualitative research agency, the Association for Qualitative Research (AQR) has a comprehensive database of suppliers:

AQR supplier directory