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1 Social Research funding: sharing perspectives Paul McCafferty Head of the Local and Regional Government Research Unit, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister Paul McCafferty Head of the Local and Regional Government Research Unit, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister

2 Social research funding: standard ODPM approaches In-house - externally commissioned; Wide range of research approaches; Research programme planning; Expressions of interest and competitive tendering; Assessing research proposals; Project/contract management; Dissemination and on-going use. In-house - externally commissioned; Wide range of research approaches; Research programme planning; Expressions of interest and competitive tendering; Assessing research proposals; Project/contract management; Dissemination and on-going use.

3 Social research funding: innovative ODPM approaches ODPM/ESRC Fellowships and Studentships; New Horizons programme; Research Networks; Framework agreements and call-off contracts; Joint commissioning and working. ODPM/ESRC Fellowships and Studentships; New Horizons programme; Research Networks; Framework agreements and call-off contracts; Joint commissioning and working.

4 ESRC / ODPM Sustainable Communities Studentship Scheme Aims increase research capacity to support evidence-based policy provide evidence to support policy Progress 2002 scheme awarded 10 PhDs, 9 Masters & 3 Fellowships 2003 scheme - a further 9 PhDs over a 3 year period Programme Director (Prof. Ade Kearns) appointed Aims increase research capacity to support evidence-based policy provide evidence to support policy Progress 2002 scheme awarded 10 PhDs, 9 Masters & 3 Fellowships 2003 scheme - a further 9 PhDs over a 3 year period Programme Director (Prof. Ade Kearns) appointed ESRC / ODPM Studentships

5 New Horizons Programme Assists ODPM's horizon-scanning capabilities by seeking proposals from outside researchers to explore issues beyond the scope of our main research programmes Encourages novel and innovative approaches to issues and research, and probes the margins between orthodox and unconventional approaches Identifies potential new challenges over the next decade Assists ODPM's horizon-scanning capabilities by seeking proposals from outside researchers to explore issues beyond the scope of our main research programmes Encourages novel and innovative approaches to issues and research, and probes the margins between orthodox and unconventional approaches Identifies potential new challenges over the next decade New Horizons Programme

6 ODPM Research Networks ODPM is establishing four research networks: Urban and Neighbourhood studies Housing Planning Local and Regional Governance They will: provide seminars to bring latest thinking to ODPM help develop our research programmes signpost research to ODPM develop research capacity ODPM is establishing four research networks: Urban and Neighbourhood studies Housing Planning Local and Regional Governance They will: provide seminars to bring latest thinking to ODPM help develop our research programmes signpost research to ODPM develop research capacity ODPM Research Networks

7 Social research funding: innovative ODPM approaches Framework agreements and call-off contracts: 5-10 year evaluation programme of the Local Government Modernisation Agenda; International lessons on local government; Surveys and data collection exercises. Joint commissioning and working Framework agreements and call-off contracts: 5-10 year evaluation programme of the Local Government Modernisation Agenda; International lessons on local government; Surveys and data collection exercises. Joint commissioning and working

8 Social research funding: Examples of uses made of research Long-term evaluation of local strategic partnerships; Equality and Diversity in Local Government. Long-term evaluation of local strategic partnerships; Equality and Diversity in Local Government.

9 LSP Part 1: Formative evaluation & action research

10 Equality and Diversity in Local Government Small scale: in-house & external, primary & secondary Provides an overview Alerted ODPM to perception that E&D not important Dissemination strategy: change perception, offer support Support for small districts

11 Social research funding: ODPM strengths Rigour of tendering approaches; Clarity of requirements; Partnership working with other research funders; Research management skills; Scale of research; Close links to research users; Longevity of research support in policy areas. Rigour of tendering approaches; Clarity of requirements; Partnership working with other research funders; Research management skills; Scale of research; Close links to research users; Longevity of research support in policy areas.

12 Social research funding: ODPM limitations more forward-looking and flexible procurement; over-prescription and allowance for innovation; longer-term relationships with researchers; strategic/horizons scanning research; policy/research tempo; systematic reviews of evidence; cross-cutting issues - sustainable communities. more forward-looking and flexible procurement; over-prescription and allowance for innovation; longer-term relationships with researchers; strategic/horizons scanning research; policy/research tempo; systematic reviews of evidence; cross-cutting issues - sustainable communities.

13 Science and Research Web Pages documents/sectionhomepage/odpm_science_page.hcsp documents/sectionhomepage/odpm_science_page.hcsp ODPM Analytical Services


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