Interest in Taking Part in Home Office Research

Invitation to join our research panel

Please read this information sheet carefully before deciding whether to take part. 

If you are not sure about anything, please contact us by email or talk about it with a colleague, friend or family member.

Who is this invitation from and what is it for?
You have been invited by the Home Office Digital Data and Technology team, on behalf of Migration and Borders Technology Portfolio (MBTP) to join our research panel. The research panel is a list of people who have told us that they are interested in being invited to research to help us improve Home Office services.

Joining the panel does not mean you have to take part in research. It just means you are happy for us to send an invite to research. Your feedback will help make Home Office online services easier to use.  

What would joining the panel involve?
Completing our short survey to tell us more about you - we use this information to help us identify which research is most relevant to you. The survey should take no more than 5 minutes to complete.

Receiving invitations to take part in research we are conducting - any time we invite you to research we will send you a participant information sheet so that you can decide whether you would like to take part. The information sheet will explain the focus and format of the research and what data we would like to capture with your consent.

We do lots of different types of research, but most last approximately 60 minutes and involve giving feedback on new services or web pages and/or talking to us about your experiences of using our services.

Why should I take part?

Your feedback will help to improve Home Office online services for a wide range of people including employers.

Do I have to take part?

No, you do not have to join the panel. Participation in research is completely voluntary. Whether you decide to join or not, this decision will have no effect on any current or future applications to the Home Office. 

Being on the panel does not mean you are expected to take part in the research, it only means you are happy for us to invite you research that may be relevant to you.

What data will we collect?

We ask for a range of information about you, for example, your business sector, number of employees etc.

The reason for us collecting this is for research purposes only. This helps us to:
  • send you research invitations that are most relevant to you
  • invite a wide variety of people to our research
  • build useable services for the Home Office for all who need them.
We do not share your information with anyone outside the Home Office Digital Data and Technology team.

We will hold your information for 24 months. After this period, we will re-contact you to see if you still want to be on the panel.

Your right to withdraw your data 

Your participation in the panel is voluntary and you can withdraw your data at any time by emailing

Your right to complain  
Home Office DDaT  is a Company Partner of the Market Research Society (MRS). This research is being carried out in accordance with the  MRS’s Code of Conduct. If you would like to make a complaint, you can contact the MRS by calling 0800 975 9596 or by completing their online complaint form.  
The data controller for your personal data is the Home Office. If you have a concern about the misuse of your personal data, you can contact our  Data Protection Officer to discuss this. The Data Protection Officer provides independent advice and monitoring of the Home Office’s use of personal information.  
You can also contact the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), who is an independent regulator. If you would like to make a complaint, you can contact the ICO by calling 0303 123 1113, by emailing or by completing their online complaint form. 

Sign up 
To join the panel please complete our survey. It should take no more than 5 minutes to complete.

The next page will take you to the survey.