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How government utilises social science research
Jane Tinkler
LSE Public Policy Group
26 SEP
Universities Matter: How
Acade...
The Impact of the Social Sciences project
• Three year research project looking at how academic
research has impacts on go...
Over half of funding for social science research
comes from UK government
Source: Adapted from Figure 1.6 from Bastow, Dun...
DEFRA
Education
DCLG
DfID
DWP
0
5
10
15
20
25
30
35
40
45
ExpenditurebyUKgovernmentdepartmentson
socialscienceresearchfrom...
Usage of academic research varies across
Departments, 2008
0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90100110120
Innovation, universities ...
0 1 2 3 4 5 6
Computer Science
History
Comm & media studies
Physics
Law
Psychology
Medicine
Social policy
Economics
Averag...
Daily Few times
a week
Few times
a month
Few times
a year
Never
19 26 27 21 7
How often do you relate social science argum...
Percentages Very and
somewhat
useful
Not very and
not at all
useful
Net score
Area studies 97 3 +95
Contemporary case stud...
One key problem
for the social
sciences is the
relative lack of
‘mediating
middle’ networks
and organisation
Source: Figur...
The future is integrated
Source: Figure 1.12 from Bastow, Dunleavy and Tinkler (2014) The Impact of the Social Sciences: H...
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Presentation at the PSA's Universities Matter event 26 September 2013 at the LSE

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Presentation at the PSA's Universities Matter event 26 September 2013 at the LSE

  1. 1. How government utilises social science research Jane Tinkler LSE Public Policy Group 26 SEP Universities Matter: How Academic Social Science Contributes to Public Policy Impact © Bastow, Dunleavy and Tinkler 2013
  2. 2. The Impact of the Social Sciences project • Three year research project looking at how academic research has impacts on government, business and civil society • The Impact of the Social Sciences blog (http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences) shares good practice from the research community on key topics of interest • All data here taken from a book by Simon Bastow, Patrick Dunleavy and Jane Tinkler (2014) The Impact of the Social Sciences: How academics and their research make a difference. London: Sage. (http://www.uk.sagepub.com/booksProdDesc. nav?prodId=Book241492)
  3. 3. Over half of funding for social science research comes from UK government Source: Adapted from Figure 1.6 from Bastow, Dunleavy and Tinkler (2014) The Impact of the Social Sciences: How academics and their research make a difference. London: Sage.
  4. 4. DEFRA Education DCLG DfID DWP 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 45 ExpenditurebyUKgovernmentdepartmentson socialscienceresearchfromUKuniversities(£m –deflatedat2012prices) But within individual departments funding trends are generally downwards (with one radical outlier) Source: Figure 6.11 from Bastow, Dunleavy and Tinkler (2014) The Impact of the Social Sciences: How academics and their research make a difference. London: Sage.
  5. 5. Usage of academic research varies across Departments, 2008 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90100110120 Innovation, universities & skills HM Revenue and Customs Communities and Local Government Ministry of Justice Business & enterprise Culture, media and sport HM Treasury Transport Environment, food, & rural affairs Education Health International development Work and pensions Home Office Research activity score Research reports carried out by academic institutions Source: Figure 6.6 from Bastow, Dunleavy and Tinkler (2014) The Impact of the Social Sciences: How academics and their research make a difference. London: Sage.
  6. 6. 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 Computer Science History Comm & media studies Physics Law Psychology Medicine Social policy Economics Average number of external references foundUK Local or regional government UK Central Government International government Core social science disciplines are used most extensively, 2013 Source: Figure 6.7 from Bastow, Dunleavy and Tinkler (2014) The Impact of the Social Sciences: How academics and their research make a difference. London: Sage.
  7. 7. Daily Few times a week Few times a month Few times a year Never 19 26 27 21 7 How often do you relate social science arguments to the work you do for the US government? (%) Daily Few times a week Few times a month Few times a year Never 8 19 32 33 7 How often do you use social science evidence in the work you do for the US government? (%) In US, national security policymakers were asked . . . Source: Avery and Desch (2011) Policymakers Survey. The Carnie Policy Relevance Project. http://www3.nd.edu/~carnrank/policymakerssurvey.htm.
  8. 8. Percentages Very and somewhat useful Not very and not at all useful Net score Area studies 97 3 +95 Contemporary case studies 97 3 +94 Historical case studies 96 4 +92 Policy analysis 93 7 +87 Quantitative analysis 70 30 +40 Operations research 64 36 +28 Theory 55 45 +10 Formal models 40 60 -20 These policymakers saw some types of academic methods as more useful Source: Avery and Desch (2011) Policymakers Survey. The Carnie Policy Relevance Project. http://www3.nd.edu/~carnrank/policymakerssurvey.htm.
  9. 9. One key problem for the social sciences is the relative lack of ‘mediating middle’ networks and organisation Source: Figure 2.14 from Bastow, Dunleavy and Tinkler (2014) The Impact of the Social Sciences: How academics and their research make a difference. London: Sage.
  10. 10. The future is integrated Source: Figure 1.12 from Bastow, Dunleavy and Tinkler (2014) The Impact of the Social Sciences: How academics and their research make a difference. London: Sage.

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