Experimental design

Appropriate experimental design and statistical analysis techniques are key means of minimising the use of animals in research.

We have a number of resources to aid researchers to improve the design and reporting of research using animals.

A survey looking at the quality of research using animals, revealing problems in the design, analysis and reporting of animal studies.
Brief guidance on the importance of carrying out a pilot study.
Key elements of a well designed experiment.
A new online tool to guide researchers through designing experiments involving the use of animals.
Download our reporting guidelines and find a range of additional resources to support their use and dissemination.
NC3Rs project to explore and understand the current thinking around the choice of the age of rodents being used by researchers.