The Centre conducts research and carries out commissioned projects in the area of welfare state policies, and disseminates the results. Its primary task is to generate new knowledge of relevance to society. The Centre is a sector research institution under the Ministry for Economic Affairs and the Interior. Its primary focus is therefore on matters concerning the Ministry, but it also deals with wider issues such as employment, integration and labour market conditions, economic and family-related issues, and other national and international social conditions and development trends of significance to the living conditions of the population. The Centre provides:
- international research,
- independent evaluations,
- professional data collection,
- consultancy and dissemination,
- internationally qualified research studies on the effects of social programmes.
The Centre disseminates its findings from both research and commissioned projects to the public via its website, and by publishing reports, working papers, a quarterly magazine, press releases, presentations, etc. The Centre often also invites people to attend after-work meetings, with its own researchers giving presentations.