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.

General Research

These reports cover the general experiences, circumstances and opinions of blind and partially sighted people.

Employment research

This research covers a range of topics relating to employment and people of working age, including secondary analysis of government reports and programs.

Finance and benefits research

The ability to manage money is vital to confidence and independence. These reports explore the barriers to financial inclusion.

Education, children, young people and families  research

Research in this area includes the accessibility of exams, education attainment and provision of educational services by local authorities.

Navigating and transport research

Research shows that independent travel is a challenge for all blind and partially sighted people and many find themselves trapped at home.

Technology research

This research explores the potential of accessible technology for empowering blind and partially sighted people.

Reading and braille research

Being able to read is important to blind and partially sighted people, yet information on food and medicine is often inaccessible.

Emotional support and confidence research

Blind and partially sighted people require a range of support to help get on with everyday life. Changes in sight loss or personal circumstances can mean a need for fresh advice and support.

Domestic and home research

Blind and partially sighted people tell us that they face barriers around practically taking care of oneself and the home.

Early reach research

This research supports work to ensure proper emotional and practical support is available for everyone losing their sight, right from the point of diagnosis.

Eye health research

Research to support our aims to ensure people access eye care services appropriately and are supported to take medicines as needed, which are crucial elements in preventing avoidable sight loss.

About our research reports

Our research is either carried out by RNIB, or is commissioned on behalf of RNIB.

If you can't find what you're looking for in our reports section, you should also consult our Research Library.

Accessibility of research reports

Each year, we commission and produce a large number of research reports. Some we produce ourselves, and others are produced on our behalf by third parties.

The reports we produce ourselves will meet RNIB's own high accessibility standards.

When we commission others to produce reports for us, we do provide accessibility guidance. However, we can't guarantee that these reports will meet the standards we have for our own documents.

If you have any trouble with the accessibility of any research reports on RNIB's website, you can contact [email protected] - please let us know which report or reports you have struggled with.