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Academia, Research, and Think Tanks

2020 Public Services Trust
An independent think tank which brings together policy makers, public service managers, civil servants, business and third sector leaders and consumer voices to debate and research how to improve public services.

Advanced Institute of Management Research (AIM)
AIM is an initiative of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to show how collaborative management R&D can contribute to academic, business, public service and policy audiences.

Centre for Analysis of Risk and Regulation (CARR)
The ESRC Centre for Analysis of Risk and Regulation (CARR) is an interdisciplinary research centre at LSE. Our core intellectual work focuses on the organisational and institutional settings for risk management and regulatory practices.

Centre for Market and Public Organisation (CMPO)
The CMPO, a research centre funded by grants from the Leverhulme Trust and the ESRC, aims to understand the right way to organise and deliver public services.

Centre for Public Services (CPS)
See the European Services Strategy Unit

Centre for Research Methods in the Social Sciences (ReMiSS)
The Centre is intended to develop rigorous advanced and appropriate techniques and methods for research across the social sciences and to provide teaching and advice to students and researchers.

Centre for Scottish Public Policy
The Centre for Scottish Public Policy aims to promote the development of public policy in Scotland by providing new thinking for our political institutions whilst challenging existing structures, systems and levels of public engagement.

Centre for the Study of Democratic Government
The Centre for the Study of Democratic Government hosts a range of research projects in comparative government within the Department of Politics and International Relations at Oxford University and sponsors other activities.

Christopher Hood, Gladstone Professor of Government and Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford
Christopher Hood specializes in the study of executive government, regulation and public-sector reform and is Director of the Public Services Programme, an ESRC research programme.

Department of Politics and International Relations, Oxford University (DPIR)

ESRC Oxford Spring School in Quantitative Methods for Social Research
A week of events targeted at political and social science researchers who already have training in and experience of quantitative research and are seeking to extend and broaden their skills. Hosted by ReMiSS at the DPIR, Oxford University.

ESRC Public Services Zone
This resource contains information on all ESRC research on public service policy and reform and is aimed at practitioners and journalists.

ESRC Society Today
Combines information from the ESRC Awards and Outputs Database and the “old” ESRC website at www.esrc.ac.uk, and a variety of other data sources and sites to offer a unique new social sciences research resource.

European Institute For Advanced Studies in Management (EIASM)
EIASM is an international network for management research and teaching that contains over 33,000 management scientists from all over the world.

European Services Strategy Unit (ESSU)
The ESSU (previously Centre for Public Services) is an independent organisation committed to social justice through the provision of good quality public services by democratically accountable public bodies implementing best practice management…

Government on the Web
Site dedicated to improving knowledge and understanding of e-government and the impact of web-based technologies on government; run jointly by the LSE Public Policy Group, the Oxford Internet Institute, and the School of Public Policy (UCL).

International Institute of Administrative Sciences (IIAS)
The IIAS exists to advance the study and practice of public administration and public management, seeking to develop a voice and a vision that is neutral, as objective as possible and grounded in the exigency of fact.

International Public Management Network (IPMN)
Provides a forum for sharing ideas, concepts and results of research and practice in the field of public management and stimulates critical thinking about alternative approaches.

International Research Group on Policy and Programme Evaluation (INTEVAL)
A research group whose international membership address cutting edge issues in a cross national perspective. Research works proceed by email and through subgroup meetings during the annual gathering.

Local Authority Research Council Initiative (LARCI)
LARCI was established in 1997 to bring local authorities and the Research Councils into closer partnership.

National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR)
The UK’s oldest independent economic research institute, NIESR’s objective is to promote, through quantitative research, a deeper understanding of the interaction of economic and social forces that affect people’s lives so that they may be improved.

New Local Government Network
A non-profit independent think tank, NLGN seeks to transform public services, revitalise local political leadership and empower local communities.

PUBLIC
ESADE’s Institute of Public Management (IDGP) e-newsletter; a forum for ideas, dissemination, training, and debate with regard to public management

Public Economics UK (PEUK)
PEUK is a forum for UK-based academic economists and policy makers interested in the broad area of applied theoretical and empirical analysis of public policy to meet and to exchange ideas.

Public Policy Unit (PPU)
PPU is part of the Centre for the Study of Democratic Government. It hosts a range of research projects in public policy within the Department of Politics and International Relations at Oxford University.

Smith Institute
An independent think tank set up to undertake research and education in issues that flow from the changing relationship between social values and economic imperatives.

Social Market Foundation (SMF)
The SMF provides a source of innovative economic and social policy ideas.

Warwick Institute of Governance and Public Management (IGPM)
The IGPM is an inter-disciplinary centre for the study and development of both the theory and the practice of governance, public policy and public management.

Government

Audit Commission
We are an independent public body responsible for ensuring that public money is spent economically, efficiently, and effectively in the areas of local government, housing, health, criminal justice and fire and rescue services.

Civil Service
Unit of the Cabinet Office; reports to the Cabinet Secretary, Sir Andrew Turnbull; umbrella to Corporate Development Group, Office of Public Services Reform and Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit.

Delivery and Reform Group
Unit of the Cabinet Office; reports to the Cabinet Secretary, Sir Andrew Turnbull; umbrella to Corporate Development Group, Office of Public Services Reform and Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit.

Directgov
Quick links to central government departments, executive agencies and non-departmental public bodies as well as local councils throughout the UK.

Economic Research Unit, Welsh Assembly Government
Unit established in 2002 to support the work of the Economic Research Advisory Panel and to manage the Welsh Assembly Government’s Economic Research Programme

HM Treasury
The Treasury is responsible for formulating and implementing the UK Government’s financial and economic policy.

Houses of Parliament
Official website of the United Kingdom Parliament

National Audit Office – Publications
The NAO publishes around 60 reports per year on value for money investigations, a series of financial audit reports on accounts, an annual report and a variety of other publications.

National Consumer Council (NCC)
The NCC’s work on public services aims to bridge the gap between pledges of public participation and the practical reality of action on the ground.

Office of Government Commerce (OGC)
The OGC works with government to improve procurement and project/programme management.

Office of Public Services Reform (OPSR)
Archive of Office of Public Services Reform (OPSR) website, which is no longer being maintained.

Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit (PMDU)
Part of the Delivery and Transformation Group (DTG) in the Cabinet Office; the DTG takes forward the key themes of delivery, performance, capability and transformation, contributing to helping Government deliver better public services.

Public Administration Select Committee (PASC)
PASC examines the reports of the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsmen and considers matters relating to the quality and standards of administration provided by Civil Service departments, and other matters relating to the Civil Service.

Welsh Assembly Government’s Economic Research Programme
Provides research and analysis of the issues and challenges facing the Welsh economy

Media

Guardian Unlimited: Future of Public Services
News and feature articles on public services in the United Kingdom.

Guardian Unlimited: Public
Public is the Guardian’s new monthly magazine for senior public managers.

Professional Associations

Central and Local Government Information Partnership (CLIP)
CLIP was set up to enable central and local government to work together to develop efficient and effective non-financial statistical information.

Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA)
CIPFA is one of the leading professional accountancy bodies in the UK and the only one which specialises in the public services.

Industry Forum
The Industry Forum creates dialogue between business and government in order to develop better policy.

Other Links

2020 Public Services Trust
An independent think tank which brings together policy makers, public service managers, civil servants, business and third sector leaders and consumer voices to debate and research how to improve public services.

International Public Management Journal
The International Public Management Journal is published semiannually for the International Public Management Network (IPMN).

International Public Management Journal
The International Public Management Journal (IPMJ) publishes high-quality empirical and theoretical work on managing large organizations, particularly public organizations.

Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory
The Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory serves as a bridge between public administration or public management scholarship and public policy studies.

Public Management Review
The remit of Public Management Review is to promote the dissemination and discussion of such research about public management.

Public Money & Management
Public Money & Management is a popular review of policy and management issues in the public service and regulated industries.