New Research on Canada’s Legalisation Experience

Earlier this year, Public First were commissioned by Professor Keith Humphreys at Stanford University to conduct a review of this significant policy change in Canada, now three years after it first came into effect.

Covid wiped out 1 in 3 music industry jobs – UK Music calls for Government action

UK Music, the collective voice of the UK music industry, commissioned Public First to research the impact of Covid-19 on the music industry.

Making Levelling Up work, where it matters most

A report written by Public First for Homes for the North makes the case for housing to be a core part of the Levelling Up agenda

Research on Air-Source Heat Pumps

Public First carried out research for the European Climate Foundation on the introduction of air-source heat pumps in the UK. 

Supporting Cities to Thrive: A Toolkit for Economic Development

Today, Public First’s report titled Supporting Cities to Thrive: A Toolkit for Economic Development, was published as part of the University Toronto’s Ontario 360 project.

New Poll on Attitudes to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion amongst Academy Trust Leaders

Public First ran a poll of 115 academy trust CEOs and other senior trust leaders on their attitudes towards diversity, inclusion and discrimination.

Good Work: Balancing Flexibility and Freedom in the Gig Economy

In this report, commissioned by Uber, we look at what makes up good work, and how experiences in the Gig Economy compare to the rest of the economy.

So you’re a junior minister now?

Associate Director Reza Schwitzer provides some light-hearted advice for the recent intake of brand new junior ministers.

New Youth Crime Poll

Public First ran a poll for Anne Longfield’s ‘Commission on Young Lives’, looking at parents' attitudes to youth violence, gangs and knife crime.

New Sustainability Poll

Public First ran a poll for Google looking at attitudes and actions on sustainability.

We’re hiring

Public First’s international and domestic work is expanding. We are looking to hire senior policy analysts to help our clients in tech, education and sustainable energy. We are also looking for more data and opinion research specialists.

Unpacking Spending Reviews

Ed Reza Schwitzer and Jonathan Simons demystify the Spending Review.

The UPP Foundation & Higher Education Policy Institute Public Attitudes to Higher Education Survey

Public First carried out polling for the UPP Foundation and Higher Education Policy Institute. The research explores how people in England think about Universities: the role they play in society, in politics and in people's own lives.

Sustainability Sentiment Tracker

The BRODIE Public First Sustainability Sentiment Tracker - the result of over 4000 interviews and a dozen focus groups across the US and UK - answers a series of key questions on what consumers in the two countries think about sustainability and business.

Music helped the UK cope with lockdown

New polling by Public First for UK Music reveals the importance of music to the UK public.

SMMT: Full Throttle – Driving UK Automotive Competitiveness

Our report for the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) was published this week.

UK and US polling on charitable giving and philanthropy

Sir Peter Lampl, chair of the Sutton Trust social mobility charity, and one of the UK's greatest living philanthropists, commissioned PF to undertake polling in Britain and the US

More funding is needed to place education at the heart of national recovery

Jonathan Simons on why Government must keep to their word and prioritise further funding for education.

Fast Forward for Digital Jobs

Public First worked with techUK on a a new report published today, Fast Forward for Digital Jobs, which looks at how Government and Industry working together can equip the UK population with the rights skills to take advantage of the 3 million tech jobs projected to be created in the next five years.

Lost Learning: How children can catch up after Covid

New polling and focus group work by Public First for the Centre for Policy Studies, finds that parents are highly worried about their children's learning loss.

The People’s Priorities for Greater Manchester’s Universities

Public First carried out polling on behalf of Greater Manchester's Universities.

Free Speech at University

Public First ran a poll for the UPP Foundation and HEPI, looking at perceptions around free speech at Universities in England.

Canadian voters give the benefit of the doubt on COVID-19 — up to a point

Writing for The Hub, Public First director Blair Gibbs reports on the impact of the pandemic on the popularity of the Liberal government in Canada. You can find his piece here - the poll in question can be found here.

Unleashing the potential of Universities of Technology

Public First have worked alongside London South Bank University and Aston University on a new report, Truly Modern Technical Education, which looks at how we can unleash the potential of Universities of Technology to really level up.

Public First is hiring: Data Analyst

Public First is hiring a Data Analyst.

Teachers’ use of textbooks

On behalf of the Publishers Association, Public First ran a detailed research project testing teachers’ spending on and perception of teaching resources (physical, digital and online) and how these may have changed in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Options for Energy Bill Reform

Decarbonising and electrifying residential heat is crucial if the UK is to achieve its Net Zero targets. At present, however, many policy costs are imposed on electricity bills but not on gas, penalising those who do invest in cleaner options.

Truly Modern Technical Education

Public First will be hosting an event to launch a new report from London South Bank University and Aston University which looks at how we can unleash the potential of technical universities to really level up.

How do teachers use textbooks?

On behalf of the Publishers Association, Public First ran a detailed research project testing teachers’ use of textbooks and other physical, digital and online resources and how these may have changed in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Other Pandemic: The impact of Covid-19 on Britain’s mental wellbeing

In February 2021 Public First polled 4,000 people and held 12 in depth focus groups with people from across Britain. The findings - published in this report by Public First - lay bare the genuine, wide and profound mental health crisis in Britain today.

Public First’s ‘Windsor Works’ economic regeneration strategy for Windsor, Ontario

Public First has published its report, titled "Windsor Works", advising the city of Windsor, Ontario on economic development and proposing a growth and diversification strategy for the city.

Who decides what’s beautiful?

Finding out what local people think is beautiful has got to be the point of the government's planning reforms – but the only way you can do that is by talking to them.

Public First is hiring: Operations manager

Public First is hiring an Operations Manager,

Policing beyond 2020

The recent resignation of the Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police (GMP) is a sign of how much policing still matters.  Despite the enormity of the pandemic and the economic and social impact of lockdown, the failings of a major public service can still lead the news.

Helping towns survive and thrive again

An in-depth and timely piece of opinion research on the state of our town centres and high streets and what the future could hold for them was commissioned by ABF/Primark.

How to talk so government will listen: COP26 edition

Public First director Daisy Powell-Chandler discusses COP26, and the opportunities it creates for collaborative progress between government, business and charities.

Universities, Levelling Up and the Employment Crisis

Public First have worked alongside the UPP Foundation on two reports that examine the role of universities in driving the 'levelling up' agenda and addressing the forthcoming employment crisis.

Who are Americans expecting to win in the battleground states?

In our recent polling carried in the United States, we asked respondents who they thought, regardless of their own preference, would win the key battleground states in the 2020 presidential election.

Politico London Influence: Meet Public First

Public First founding partners Rachel Wolf and James Frayne talk to Politico London Influence.

Public First poll on US Foreign Policy for John Hulsman Enterprises

In the run-up to the 2020 US Elections, and with whoever wins in November set to face a fraught period in international relations, John C. Hulsman Enterprises commissioned Public First to run a poll in the US to explore American public opinion on US actions overseas, US relationships with other countries, and a range of other issues in the foreign policy space.

Scrapping GCSEs is a reckless diversion

Public First deputy director Anna McShane argues that scrapping GCSEs should not be a policy priority.

The government is serious about winning the culture wars – universities need to be ready

Writing for Wonkhe, Public First director Ed Dorrell argues that universities need to get serious about the coming culture wars.

The State we’re in and the State to come?

Public First associate partner Andy Westwood writes on the future role of the state on a local, national and industrial level.

In Conversation With… Gillian Keegan MP, Skills Minister

Public First was delighted to be joined by Skills Minister Gillian Keegan MP for a virtual panel event on Tuesday 6 October.

Education is the real key to net zero

Writing for The Times Red Box, Public First partner Natascha Engel argues that the electorate needs to be shown that net zero is affordable and viable, and most of all, necessary.

The Trouble with Political Parties

Writing for The Critic, Public First director Natascha Engel discusses the difficulties of starting a new political party.

Public First Podcast: Episode Three

In Public First's third podcast, host Ed Dorrell is joined by two of Public First's education policy experts, Jonathan Simons and Anna McShane, as they work through the thinking behind - and repercussions of - Boris Johnson's speech earlier this week on life-long learning.

Reflections on my first month at Public First

Public First's deputy director of Education Anna McShane reflects on her first month at Public First.

More freedom, less information

Writing for The Critic, Public First partner Natascha Engel discusses the unintended consequences of the UK's well-intentioned Freedom of Information Act.

Blair Gibbs joins Public First

As well as his work for the Prime Minister, Blair has previously advised the Justice Secretary, business leaders and senior police chiefs. He also spent three years as Boris Johnson’s adviser on policing during Boris Johnson’s time as London Mayor.