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Welcome to the Public Services Programme Library. This is where we keep information on the Programme’s publications and other outputs. If you scroll down you will see a list of the latest entries to the library in order of date posted. You can use the tool bar on the right side of this page to filter by publication type; for example, discussion papers. Or, use the search function if you would like to search for a certain theme throughout the different publication types. Enjoy browsing!

Programme Newsletter No 9, Winter 2010
February 17th 2010

Number 9, Winter 2010 (pdf) The ESRC Public Services Programme Newsletter - twice-yearly issues reporting on Programme developments and keeping you up-to-date on our activities, outputs, and how you can get involved in shaping… read more

Absorptive Capacity in a Non-Market Environment: A knowledge-based approach to analysing the performance of sector organizations
February 17th 2010

Abstract: Improved performance by public sector organizations is a political imperative in numerous countries. There are particular challenges in turnaround of poorly performing organizations. Theoretical explanations of the performance… read more

Analysis of the Validity of the Vignette Approach to Correct for Heterogeneity in Reporting Health System Responsiveness
February 17th 2010

Abstract: Despite the growing popularity of the vignette methodology to deal with self-reported, categorical data, the formal evaluation of the validity of this methodology is still a topic of… read more

Vignettes and health systems responsiveness in cross-country comparative analyses
February 17th 2010

Abstract: This paper explores the use of anchoring vignettes as a means to adjust survey reports of health system performance for differential reporting behaviour using data contained within the… read more

Why do people cooperate with medical research? Findings from three studies
February 17th 2010

Abstract:  In this paper, we distinguish decisions about cooperation with medical research from decisions about research participation. We offer an empirical and theoretical exploration of why people in three different… read more

Reality check for checklists
February 17th 2010

Abstract: Catheter-related blood stream infections in the intensive care unit (ICU) are common, costly, and potentially lethal. The Dec 28, 2006, issue of The New England Journal of Medicine… read more

Why is patient safety so hard? : a selective review of ethnographic studies
February 17th 2010

Abstract: Ethnographic studies are valuable in studying patient safety. This is a narrative review of four reports of ethnographic studies of patient safety in UK hospitals conducted as part… read more

Divergence or convergence? Health inequalities and policy in a devolved Britain,
February 17th 2010

Abstract: Since the advent of political devolution in the UK, it has been widely reported that markedly different health policies have emerged. However, most of these analyses are based… read more

Health inequalities in England, Scotland and Wales: Stakeholders’ accounts and policy compared
February 17th 2010

Abstract: The election of a Labour government in 1997 brought the issue of health inequalities firmly back on to the policy agenda across the UK. Since then, in the… read more

Tackling Health Inequalities in Post-Devolution Britain: Do Targets Matter?
February 17th 2010

Abstract: Since devolution in 1998, many aspects of public policy in Great Britain have diverged between England, Scotland and Wales, including how targets and performance assessment are used in… read more

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