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International Social Research

Understanding citizens and societies around the world.

Ipsos has a long history of conducting international social research, with a team dedicated to managing complex and large-scale multi-country studies backed by a global network of Ipsos experts. We are uniquely qualified to help support the needs of the public and private sectors, international agencies and organisations, and governments – in Europe and beyond.

Ipsos has expertise across a range of international development and public diplomacy programme areas including: agriculture, civil society, conflict mitigation, democracy human rights and governance, economic growth and trade, education, finance and economic inclusion, environment and natural resources, human and institutional capacity development, population health and nutrition, gender, international diplomacy and cooperation, and humanitarian and disaster relief.

Ipsos’ Sustainable Development Research Centre brings research and evaluation expertise across the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), to provide donors, international organisations, governments, civil society and the private sector with the evidence needed to make development policies and programmes more effective.

Our team is experienced in implementing the full range of methodologies for face-to-face, telephone, online, push-to-web and qualitative research, which we tailor to meet our clients’ research objectives. We interview thousands of individuals (including hard-to-reach and sensitive audiences) and businesses each year, using the latest state-of-the-art centralised data collection tools and quality processes to maximise reliability for our clients.

International research is conducted to the highest standards of methodological rigour through central teams and experts within the countries. We have a solid track record of successfully delivering large scale, multi-country solutions for a range of clients, from including international institutions, through to NGOs and leading academic institutions.
The team helps senior policy and decision makers understand public and business opinion and behaviours in relation to a range of policy issues, including:

  • Climate change and sustainability
  • Population health
  • Justice
  • Education
  • Economic and financial affairs
  • Communications and technology
  • Political engagement and participation
  • Consumer issues

Our work spans every stage of the research process, from questionnaire design, sampling and data collection, to data analysis and reporting. We have expertise in both traditional research methodologies – including large-scale surveys (especially telephone and online), in-depth interviews and focus groups – and in newer and emerging techniques, such as behavioural science and text analytics.