NCSS conducts various nationwide surveys in a bid to produce research findings that guide our organisation, social service agencies, funders and other stakeholders in developing and prioritising evidence-informed solutions to improve the lives of different population segments in Singapore.
Using a variety of methodology (e.g., longitudinal/ panel and birth cohort studies; environmental scanning and sense making; economic evaluation), NCSS examines various areas of research, including family and child welfare, offending and rehabilitation, population studies, social service provision, and quality of life.
The role of the Translational Social Research Division (TSRD) is to translate research into impactful insights that can inform policy and be applied for practice.
Observing the need for greater resources in the Social Service Sector, TSRD has offered a suite of Research Resources exclusively for NCSS Members to build their research capabilities. These include:
Social Service Sector Repository
The Repository is a first-of-its-kind online database, housing rigorous research conducted by NCSS member organisations and public service agencies on local social service sector and relevant topics.
Registration for the Repository is free
for NCSS member agencies (one shared account per agency). The Repository may be accessed here. Please click this link to register. To check the login details registered to your agency's account, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
Scholarly Journal Database
NCSS subscribes to the EBSCO scholarly journal database and provides free access to our member agencies (one shared accuont per agency).
Interested parties may write in to email@example.com to apply for a new account or to check the login details registered to your agency's account.
NCSS Ethics Review Committee
The NCSS Ethics Review Committee (ERC) provides an accessible, timely and robust ethics review platform for research studies that social services agencies would like to conduct.
For more information on the criteria and application process, please click
Volunteer Researcher Matching Service
NCSS provides this service to match volunteer researchers with social service agencies that require assistance with research projects (e.g. consultancy, advice, data analysis).
The Research Pulse is a new initiative consolidating and highlighting key announcements/ research findings from TSRD. These include research resources developed for NCSS members as well as bitesized articles on the latest research findings.
NCSS will be providing interactive online dashboards of Quality of Life (QOL) datasets for the public's information at-a-glance via this website. These QOL datasets will showcase specific population groups in Singapore to understand their quality of life
and experience with social services.
As part of efforts to raise sector awareness and build greater capability on research and evaluation, NCSS will be hosting a series of half-day virtual seminars, which include:
Evaluation & Research: Navigating our Evaluation & Research Journeys as One 1st August 2022 2:00 - 5:00pm
NCSS will be hosting a half-day virtual seminar titled 'Evaluation & Research: Navigating our Evaluation & Research Journeys as One' on 1st August 2022 from 2:00 - 5:00pm. Through a series of sharing and presentations, this webinar will showcase evaluation and research practices that SSAs can adopt to improve the effectiveness of their interventions. The webinar will also highlight the various research resources NCSS has to offer to our member organisations.
NCSS will be hosting half-day virtual roundtable discussions with SSA researchers and staff to discuss various topics like strategies, feedback and challenges faced during research.
With such discussions, SSAs will be able to identify the complexities of data collection on the ground, cross-share best practices and recommendations that can benefit services, and in doing so, develop a greater understanding of research processes.
The Sector Evaluation Framework aims to provide a common language to consider progress and impact across NCSS-funded programmes, while allowing for flexibility at the programme level. The Framework is one which all stakeholders can use as a consistent set of measures for evaluation.