Our research is linked to the priorities set out in RNIB's strategy. The focus is to provide an evidence base that supports the organisation's ambitious goals so that we can have the greatest positive impact on blind and partially sighted people's lives.
Transport and getting around
In the 'Seeing Streets Differently' report, we provide recommendations for Local Authorities and Department for Transport on how to make our streets inclusive.
Access to information
Turned Out 2021 is based on a survey that asked blind and partially sighted people about their voting experiences in the England Local Elections and the National Elections in Scotland and Wales, in May 2021. Over 600 blind and partially sighted voters completed the survey
Turned Out 2019 is based on a survey that asked blind and partially sighted people about their voting experiences in the General Election 2019. Over 450 blind and partially sighted voters completed the survey.
Benefits and welfare
In December 2015, the Government announced that it was developing a proposal for the funding for Attendance Allowance to be transferred to local authorities in England and to the Welsh Government. During the campaign, we updated our research on how blind and partially sighted people spend their Attendance Allowance – and the difference it would make if they didn’t have it.
The report is the second and final stage of a research project exploring the impact of the move from DLA to PIP on people with sensory loss. Commissioned by Thomas Pocklington Trust, Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) and Sense and carried out by NatCen Social Research.
Access to Work 2017 - a key scheme, but with room for improvement
A look at the strengths and problems of the Access to Work scheme in Great Britain for blind and partially sighted people.
Harvey Walsh has used Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) to see whether more or fewer patients are being treated over a five-year period by comparing provisions across England. The report identifies areas where there may be unwarranted variation in or access to services.
In 2016 RNIB commissioned Harvey Walsh to update their analysis of Hospital Episode Statistics to examine variation in cataract service provision across England. This report illustrates where improvements have been made since our 2013 report and where provision has gotten worse.
Social care and vision rehabilitation
We’re extremely concerned that many blind and partially sighted people are failing to receive vital vision rehabilitation support. Our latest report, See, Plan and Provide offer a stark picture of inadequate access to assessments and support for vision rehabilitation.
RNIB is calling for all local authorities to see and plan. Vision rehabilitation services must be organised so that everyone with a visual impairment is seen and has a plan in place within 28 days of first contact with the local authority. No one should have to sit at home and put their lives on hold.