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PILOTS FOR POLICY AND DELIVERY SUE DUNCAN GOVERNMENT CHIEF SOCIAL RESEARCHER www.gsr.gov.uk www.policyhub.gov.uk ESRC Research Methods Festival - July.

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1 PILOTS FOR POLICY AND DELIVERY SUE DUNCAN GOVERNMENT CHIEF SOCIAL RESEARCHER ESRC Research Methods Festival - July 2004

2 Drug trials are fundamentally different Political ideology is important Public opinion matters Experiments in a political context

3 Time tensions Conflict of timetables Policy makingPilots quick slow changeable inflexible

4 The Human Factor Ethical considerations Political acceptability of differential treatment

5 How innovative can policy be? Pilots can test innovation BUT Tend to modify rather than innovate Best at testing tolerance and delivery?

6 Staff Issues Administratively burdensome Confusing Does specialness translate to national rollout?

7 Do Pilots work? Are results reliable? Are the evaluation methods sophisticated enough? Is there too much background noise? Can we reliably predict human behaviour?


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