Three research teams have been contracted to carry out the work of the research programme. The teams were selected through a competitive tendering process, which took place during January 2012.
The Institute for Social & Economic Research (ISER) at the University of Essex has an international profile for its cutting-edge socio-economic research. Its prestigious team of researchers has a wide range of expertise in social science disciplines, including economics, sociology, demography, geography and statistics. ISER is also one of the leading centres for the design and management of longitudinal surveys and for survey methodology.
Cranmer Hall is an Anglican theological college integral to Durham University as a constituent part of St John’s College. The team are leading on a number of sub-strands of the research programme and are working in collaboration with the Church Army's Sheffield Research Centre on the Fresh Expressions (Church Planting) sub-strand. Cranmer Hall also run a Centre for Church Growth Research, which researches church growth across all Christian churches both in the UK and internattionally.
The Oxford Centre for Ecclesiology and Practical Theology (OxCEPT) has been established for over five years, and has an unrivalled reputation and successful track record for developing, managing and delivering research projects that make a key difference to the mission and ministry of the church – and specifically to its thinking and practice as a body. In thinking with the church – critically, reflectively, empirically, theologically, academically and empathetically – OxCEPT has already produced a number of highly significant reports, consultancy and research projects that have established its reputation as one of the preminent centres in the UK.