These are some of the main achievements of the Campaign so far:
1. Influencing public policy:
The Campaign has made the case for the restoration of the post of Government Chief Social Science Advisor to the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee, giving written and oral evidence to it. Our evidence was quoted in two of the Committee’s reports, which both recommended the post be restored.
2. Building relations with Goverment:
The Campaign is a trusted source of expertise and advice, receiving requests from various government bodies and departments, including the Government Office for Science, the Foresight planning team, and the wider Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (formerly Business, Innovation and Skills). In response to their requests we put out a call to Fellows of the Academy of Social Sciences and are able to recommend experts.
3. Getting our message out:
The Campaign has placed several features on its work into the Guardian, on social scientists’ need to communicate, on the need for the Government Chief Social Scientist, and for protection of research funding post-Brexit. Its press releases have also featured in the national media. The Campaign has set up a searchable database on this site featuring over 140 senior researchers willing to comment to the media at short notice on social science issues. The Campaign dedicates part of its website to showing the range and power of social science enquiry within the UK. This includes our rolling blog and news focus sections which highlight important research findings and ideas. We also run an active twitter feed and facebook page which promote social science to a wide audience.
The Campaign has published, with the Academy of Social Sciences, the Making the Case for the Social Sciences series of booklets. These detail social science research which has influenced society or government policy. Those produced so far include titles on: Wellbeing, Ageing, Sustainability, the Environment and Climate Change, Crime, Sport and Leisure, Management, Scotland, Longitudinal studies, Mental Wellbeing , Wales and Dementia. The Campaign has also published articles on its website on what the social sciences do for all of us. In 2015 the Campaign published its report, The Business Of People: The Significance of Social Science Over The Next Decade.
5. Organising events:
The Campaign has organised a series of events to further its aims. Rt Hon Norman Lamb MP and Dr Lisa Cameron MP spoke at the latest launch in the Making the Case series.
Important events earlier in the Campaign’s history were our seminar on the Art of Political Influencing, organised to help our supporter organisations influence policy, and our conference on the riots of 2011. Other events include a series of roadshows on the future of social science and a panel event on the implications of Brexit for social science.
The Campaign monitors the current situation within social science, with the help of a research assistant who conducts a survey of university departments to find out which are increasing or decreasing the number of staff and students they have.
7. Developing an effective campaigning organisation:
The Campaign began in January 2011 and has won the support of 81 institutions – universities, publishers, charities and learned societies (those organisations representing social scientists, such as the British Psychological Society and the British Sociological Association). The Campaign has also met its targets for fundraising.
The Campaign will grow and expand its operations and effectiveness over the next few years. As it does so we will be in an even stronger position to fulfil all of our aims.
See our annual reports for more information about our work.