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Downe J.,Center for Local and Regional Government Research | Martin S.,Center for Local and Regional Government Research | Bovaird T.,University of Birmingham
Policy and politics

Recognition of the importance of interactions between policies has fuelled demand for larger, longer-term, more holistic studies of their impacts and effectiveness. The broader perspective provided by evaluations of this kind appears to have been useful to policy makers, but their scale and complexity present practical and methodological challenges. Research funders need to commission and coordinate groups of studies rather than procuring research on an ad-hoc basis. Researchers need to be willing to share data and develop methods of collecting evidence relating to overarching themes as opposed to more narrowly defined programme and policy objectives. Source

Nutley S.,University of Edinburgh | Downe J.,University of Edinburgh | Downe J.,Center for Local and Regional Government Research | Martin S.,University of Edinburgh | And 3 more authors.
Policy and politics

Analysis of the development and implementation of local government performance improvement regimes in England, Scotland and Wales over the last decade reveals congruence in policy goals but divergence in policy implementation and outcomes. The governments in all three countries had a common aim of improving local government performance. However, differences in ideology, the nature of central-local government relations, the numbers of councils and a political imperative for newly devolved administrations to be seen to pursue 'home-grown' solutions limited policy learning between different parts of the United Kingdom (UK) and in the case of Wales fuelled determined policy avoidance by policy makers. © 2012 The Policy Press. Source

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