Promoting public understanding
of electoral democracy
McDougall Trust encourages and supports research into various aspects of political and economic science, particularly electoral systems and elections, consistent with its charitable purposes.
Information about the Trust's research programme for 2017 is expected to be announced soon.
Topics for research and information dissemination activities supported under the Trust's small grants scheme (in operation until 2014, ceasing formally in 2016) included:
The Trust has funded a prize offered annually for the best postgraduate thesis at a UK university in the sphere of elections, electoral systems and representation; it is awarded by the Elections, Public Opinion and Parties group of the Political Studies Association. For recent prize-winning research, see the Research Supported page.
The Trust has also occasionally commissioned and published research on contemporary issues which are the subject of public policy debates. An example is a 2012 report by Patrick Bradley (formerly Chief Electoral Officer for Northern Ireland), which was commissioned when the government introduced a Bill providing for the introduction of individual electoral registration in Great Britain: Comments on the Proposed System of Individual Electoral Registration in Great Britain. This can be downloaded from the Publications page.
For further information about research and information dissemination activites supported by way of grant funding see the Research Supported page.