Presentation on theme: "PILOTS FOR POLICY AND DELIVERY SUE DUNCAN GOVERNMENT CHIEF SOCIAL RESEARCHER www.gsr.gov.uk www.policyhub.gov.uk ESRC Research Methods Festival - July."— Presentation transcript:
PILOTS FOR POLICY AND DELIVERY SUE DUNCAN GOVERNMENT CHIEF SOCIAL RESEARCHER ESRC Research Methods Festival - July 2004
Drug trials are fundamentally different Political ideology is important Public opinion matters Experiments in a political context
Time tensions Conflict of timetables Policy makingPilots quick slow changeable inflexible
The Human Factor Ethical considerations Political acceptability of differential treatment
How innovative can policy be? Pilots can test innovation BUT Tend to modify rather than innovate Best at testing tolerance and delivery?
Staff Issues Administratively burdensome Confusing Does specialness translate to national rollout?
Do Pilots work? Are results reliable? Are the evaluation methods sophisticated enough? Is there too much background noise? Can we reliably predict human behaviour?