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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: Andreas Cebulla
ESRC REF: RES-166-25-0070
Status: Completed

The Police under Public Scrutiny-Experiences, Perceptions and Reactions to a Public Service Institution 1982-2003

The British Crime Survey is an extraordinary and under-used resource. It records the opinions and victimisation risks of a representative sample population in England and Wales (including details about… read more

Principal Investigator: Gerry McGivern (King's College London)
ESRC REF: RES-153-25-0095
Status: Completed

The Visible and Invisible Performance Effects of Transparency in Medical Professional Regulation

Bentham’s dictum ‘the more we are watched, the better we behave’ is often asserted as a truism. It is, therefore, no surprise that in a profession where poor decision-making… read more

Principal Investigator: Colin Talbot (Manchester University)
ESRC REF: RES-153-27-0013
Status: Completed

Theories of Performance

When a doctor prescribes you a treatment for a particular sickness you may well be unimpressed if she is unable to explain how and why that treatment will make… read more

Principal Investigator: Bruce Guthrie
ESRC REF: RES-153-25-00 43
Status: Completed

What changes when incentives change in primary medical care?

Launched in April 2004, the new general practice General Medical Services (GMS) contract for general practitioners (GPs) in effect pays doctors for performance. Significantly increased resources are now available,… read more

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