DCSF and its research centres Stephen Witt Research Strategy, DCSF Presentation at DCSF Conference:  The Use of Evidence i...
Considering   the existing centres   <ul><li>Internal ‘stock-take’ looked at: </li></ul><ul><li>the role and cost-effectiv...
A review of centres   <ul><li>The value and overall contribution of the  suite  of centres, not individually </li></ul><ul...
Process and conclusions   <ul><li>Involved internal & external stakeholders, centres  </li></ul><ul><li>Broad summary of f...
Taking new centres forward <ul><li>Debating – and accepting – the principles: </li></ul><ul><li>- centres have an importan...
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DCSF and its research centres

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

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