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The aim of the NIHR Policy Research Unit (PRU) Behavioural and Social Sciences is to inform government policy on health, preventing ill-health and health systems. We use behavioural and social science evidence, theory and methods to support decision-making.

NIHR PRUs are composed of experts and researchers who undertake policy research providing evidence to support national policy making in England through the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and its Arm’s Length Bodies (ALB). The NIHR has awarded £100 million over five years to 20 PRUs across England that provide evidence to respond to new and emerging policy needs.

In our PRU we bring together researchers with a range of disciplinary backgrounds and expertise, to support policy makers in policy design, development, evaluation and implementation related to behavioural and social sciences. We work closely with our partners at the Department of Health and Social Care and in collaboration with other Policy Research Units. This enables us to provide the best evidence and advice, in a timely way, for the benefit of the public and patients.

Find out more about the team here.

The NIHR Behavioural and Social Sciences Policy Research Unit (PRU) is part of the NIHR and hosted by Newcastle University

This project is funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) [Policy Research Unit Behavioural and Social Sciences (project reference NIHR206124)]. The views expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of the NIHR or the Department of Health and Social Care.