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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’.

Principal Investigator: Mark Exworthy
ESRC REF: RES-153-25-0100
Status: Completed

Managing Medical Performance: A Pilot Study to Investigate the Impact of Surgical Performance Upon Clinicians and Managers

Does transparent reporting of performance data improve the performance of public service professionals? Public reporting of hospital death rates has been adopted in several states and countries in recent… read more

Principal Investigator: Mary O'Mahony
ESRC REF: RES-153-25-00 44
Status: Completed

Metrics, Targets and Performance

The aim of performance measurement and target setting by government is to improve the quality, performance and accountability of public services such as health and education. But do targets… read more

Principal Investigator: Iain McLean
ESRC REF: RES-201-25-0001
Status: Completed

Options for Britain II

What are the major strategic choices to be faced in the provision of public services in Britain over the next decade, and how can the research of the Public… read more

Principal Investigator: Tim Blackman
ESRC REF: RES-153-25-0079
Status: Completed

Performance Assessment and Wicked Issues: the Case of Health Inequalities

Yes, people across Britain are living longer, but, no, the gap between life expectancies of rich and poor has not closed by one iota. In fact, it may even… read more

Principal Investigator: Stephen Harrison
ESRC REF: RES-166-25-0051
Status: Completed

Performance Indicators in Health Care: A Comparative Anglo-Dutch Study

Quantitative performance indicators (PIs) are often said to be a general feature of modern public management today, yet they have developed rather differently even in neighbouring wealthy democracies. In… read more

Principal Investigator: Jane Broadbent
ESRC REF: RES-153-25-00 57
Status: Completed

Performance Management of Higher Education

Systems put in place to measure performance have been shown to be quite effective in influencing how individuals behave and, in consequence, how organisation’s work and the results they… read more

Principal Investigator: Andrew Goddard
ESRC REF: RES-153-25-00 17
Status: Completed

Performance, Strategy and Accounting

The drive to complement financial performance measures with broader measures of performance in the private sector has led to the widespread introduction of a ‘balanced scorecard’ approach. This approach… read more

Principal Investigator: John Curtice
ESRC REF: RES-166-25-0043
Status: Completed

Public Attitudes and Public Service Responsiveness

Would you like more choice over where to send your children to school? Do you want hospitals to compete to provide your health care? Those who advocate market-oriented approaches… read more

Principal Investigator: Steven Van de Walle (Erasmus University Rotterdam)
ESRC REF: RES-153-27-0004
Status: Completed

Public Attitudes towards Services of General Interest in Comparative Perspective

Who counts what as ‘public services’? The term is often used as if it had some single canonical meaning. But in fact there are many different possible ways of… read more

Principal Investigator: Tobias Jung (Edinburgh University)
ESRC REF: RES-153-27-0015
Status: Completed

Public Services Reform in Scotland: Current Knowledge and Future Prospects

In recent years, attempts to drive up standards in Scotland’s public services have resulted in a period of substantial reform. The aim is to improve public service performance by… read more

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