We will develop a National Faith Survey to help us answer questions not yet addressed by existing data, specifically relating to religious identity, belief and practice.

On a five year rotation, the National Faith Surveys will gather data and insights from the UK and four other European countries on a repeated basis, to develop longitudinal trends and meaningful comparison between countries.

The survey will uncover helpful insights to prompt discussion about the place of religion in people’s lives, and provoke further research.

Identity – what do people call themselves when they are asked about religious belief? Which are the most commonly identified categories, and where are there interesting variations in prevalence of particular religions?

Belief – what do people believe about a deity, their place in the world, life and death, purpose and meaning?

Practice – what do people do to express their religion or belief? How many people attend a place of worship and how often? Where do people gain their insights and wisdom to help them explore their faith? Do people pray or meditate, and how does this fit into their lives?

And how do these categories correlate? Are people who align themselves with a particular religion more or less likely to pray or meditate than those who don’t?

The data we compile will be made publicly available for analysis, and we will collate our findings into helpful reports identifying themes and countries of interest.

These and other questions will be compiled by our team with the help of our Advisory Council of respected academics and community leaders who will bring rigour and scrutiny to the development of this important project.

Our vision is to help improve the quality of knowledge about religion and belief by providing robust and impartial evidence of current religious identity, belief, practice and behaviour.