Some projects align with research programs, while others are commissioned by clients.
NCLS Research carries out many research projects. Some are in line with research programs. Others are commissioned projects designed to address the research needs of clients.
With input from key sponsor groups, NCLS Research conducts a full research program that ranges from work on mapping the Australian spiritual landscape, tracking changes in church life, describing who goes to church, assessing church health and vitality, and investigating effective and sustainable leadership.
The most well known project is the five-yearly National Church Life Survey, which has had millions of participants. Internationally, Church Life Surveys have been held in South Africa and the Netherlands in 2019.
Some projects are conducted in collaboration with colleagues in the academic or scholarly community
Commissioned research projects are regularly undertaken for organisations, including academics and universities; church leadership, at national, denominational, diocesan and state levels; community service agencies; not-for-profit organisations; as well as consultants.
Here are a few examples of organisations who have used NCLS Research services for their own projects
Here is a small sample of the type of research projects conducted over many years.
A research project into the nature and prevalence of family violence in faith communities
A research project to investigate faith and work integration for Australian church attenders in paid employment
Leadership research projects cover themes related to both effective and sustainable leadership