Home » Research Projects
The Programme has commissioned 47 research projects and fellowships at universities across the entire UK, all of which investigate some aspect of public service performance. The research was commisioned in three calls that took place at intervals over the period from late 2004 to early 2007. For more information on the specific themes of the Programme’s research and its calls see the ‘about us’ section of the website.
Below you will find a list of all of the Programme’s research projects and fellowships. Each has its own page containing information about the project or fellowship and contact details for the researchers involved. To save scrolling through all the projects, you can use the category menu on the right-hand side of the page to search for projects by ‘call’ or ‘topic’.
While medical care has played a major part in increasing life expectancy and improving the quality of those longer lives, it is a risky business. Up to the Nineteenth… read more
Sets of numbers purporting to represent the performance of public services are much prevalent in current politics. With incumbent governments eager to trumpet the success of their initiatives when… read more
Policy makers can make policies, but it is far harder to ensure that these policies are implemented and achieve the desired results. Policies are not delivered by policy makers… read more
Current government policy in England emphasises the creation and publication of composite performance measures which are used widely in health, social care, education, the environment and other public sector… read more
Education, health, the criminal justice system and local government in the UK have all been the focus of the quest for public service improvement over the last decade. Each… read more
Over the last 15 years British governments have searched for new ways of assessing how well bodies such as local authorities and health authorities are working. As a result,… read more
NHS dental services face a number of well documented difficulties, including patients having problems gaining access to NHS dental care, the suggestion of rising costs and falling quality. In… read more
There has been concern for some time about possible inequalities in how poorly performing doctors are identified and dealt with by the NHS and in the formal regulatory processes… read more
The social care of children involves inherently difficult issues of risk management, which are thrown up by every tragedy in which non-intervention or failure of monitoring by child care… read more
What happens to the quality of public services when government places ‘choice’ high on its list of priorities? Does choice increase competition and so increase service quality over all?… read more