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Principal Investigator: Gordon Marnoch (University of Ulster)
ESRC REF: RES-153-27-0008
Status: Completed

An Exploratory Study of Parliamentarians and their Use of Healthcare Performance Metrics: The Scottish Parliament Health and Community Care Committee

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

Principal Investigator: Rowena Jacobs
ESRC REF: RES-153-25-00 31
Status: Completed

Are Composite Measures a Robust Reflection of Performance?

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

Principal Investigator: Steve Martin
ESRC REF: RES-166-25-0034
Status: Completed

Comparing for Improvement: The Development and Impact of Public Services Audit and Inspection in UK Local Government

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

Principal Investigator: Iain McLean
ESRC REF: RES-153-25-00 60
Status: Completed

Correlates of Success in Performance Assessment

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

Principal Investigator: Rowena Jacobs
ESRC REF: RES-166-25-0013
Status: Completed

Exploring the Impact of Public Services on Quality of Life Indicators

To most people awareness of public services is local, direct and immediate: do I feel safe on the streets or in my home? Is the school providing my child… read more

Principal Investigator: Richard Cookson
ESRC REF: RES-166-25-0055
Status: Completed

Historical and Longitudinal Small Area analysis of the Effects of Market-Orientated reform on Equity of Access to NHS Care from 1991-2001

One of the things that is said to be ‘public’ about public services is that such services should be equally available to everyone who needs them. The reality is… read more

Principal Investigator: Nigel Rice
ESRC REF: RES-166-25-0038
Status: Completed

International Comparison of Responsiveness using Anchoring Vignettes

International rankings of public service performance are common today, but they can be beguiling when differences between the countries ranked are less than the likely measurement error and when… 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

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