ARC ENgland Learning Disability Research Unit logoThe ARC England Learning Disability Research Unit is a strategic research programme, launched in July 2022, that provides improved data for the learning disability and autism adult social care sector.

The development of the learning disability adult social care sector has long been hindered by poor understanding and a lack of available data with which to illustrate the sector’s challenges and achievements. The ARC England Learning Disability Research Unit is designed to enable a step-change in the understanding and appreciation of this large part of the broader social care sector.  The research programme will allow new insight into the size, value, structure and dynamics of the sector, identifying best practice and innovation and providing a knowledge base to inform business planning and shape future policy making.

The development and content of the research programme is guided by a Research Steering Group that decides on research priorities and also provides core funding for the initiative. The Steering Group will also act as a forum for discussing sector-wide issues and agreeing joined up solutions. The Group, chaired by ARC England Director Clive Parry, is made up of a cross-section of care providers and leading stakeholders.

ARC England Research Steering Group members

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Amongst the first research projects will be a quarterly ‘CEO Confidence Index’ that will help track the health of the sector across a range of key indicators.

If you would like to find out more about the work of the ARC England Learning Disability Research Unit please contact us.