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DCSF and its research centres

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Presentation by Stephen Witt, Research Strategy, DCSF

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  • 1. DCSF and its research centres Stephen Witt Research Strategy, DCSF Presentation at DCSF Conference: The Use of Evidence in Policy Development and Delivery, 9 February 2010
  • 2. Considering the existing centres
    • Internal ‘stock-take’ looked at:
    • the role and cost-effectiveness of centres within wider research commissioning
    • their fit with policy objectives (especially with creation of DCSF)
    • their synergy with DCSF’s other
    • analytical work (internal and external)
    • policy influence (early intervention,
    • school effects, lifecourse perspective)
  • 3. A review of centres
    • The value and overall contribution of the suite of centres, not individually
    • Looking forward not just retrospective
    • Broad questions:
    • what does the Dept gain from centres?
    • how could they best support Dept in future?
    • improvements to governance and management?
    • what value relative to ad-hoc commissioning?
  • 4. Process and conclusions
    • Involved internal & external stakeholders, centres
    • Broad summary of findings :
    • respected / seen as valuable by all stakeholder groups
    • important asset – future opportunities to capitalise on expertise, data, methods, concepts, tools from earlier phases
    • help to re-conceptualise and develop policy, and provide important research-based tools
    • policymaker engagement important but varies
    • considerably; management of research-policy
    • relationship is the key issue for the future
    • http://www.sfre.ac.uk/resources/england/
  • 5. Taking new centres forward
    • Debating – and accepting – the principles:
    • - centres have an important role
    • - need to refresh themes and re-tender
    • Considering number, scale and focus
    • Tackling the policy engagement issue
    • - structure and functions of planned centres
    • - policy input to scope and initial work programmes
    • Competitive commissioning, with
    • much interest
    • Led to -> -> -> ->

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