To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much her Department spent on (a) focus groups and (b) surveys in (i) 2013 and (ii) 2014 to date.
5 November 2014
There was no centrally coordinated or funded focus group or survey activity in 2013.
In 2014, The Department for Education spent £14,016 and £15,720 on two separate sets of centrally coordinated focus groups. Respectively, these were to support delivery of important campaigns aimed at increasing both the number of young people studying Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects, and also the number of two-year-olds receiving their entitlement to 15 hours of free childcare or early learning. We also subscribed to an online survey facility (Survey Monkey) at a cost of £299 for the year.
To establish whether other areas of the Department have undertaken activity in this area would incur disproportionate cost.