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Statutory Requirements for Research in Central and Local Government

DescriptionThis report was commissioned jointly with LARIA and examines the statutory and non-statutory drivers for research in central and local govt. in Scotland and considers the impact of demands on current capacity. It provides a legislative map of statutory requirements for research. Based on focus groups and interviews with researchers in three local authorities and with analysts in the Scottish Government, it suggests a number of possible actions to relieve pressures on research capacity.
ISBN9780755974757
Official Print Publication DateApril 2009
Website Publication DateApril 03, 2009

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Paolo Vestri, Hexagon Research and Consulting in association with Paula Gilder Consulting and Adrian Colwell Associates
ISBN 978 0 7559 7475 7 (Web only publication)
This document is also available in pdf format (544k)

CONTENTS

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

CHAPTER ONE: INTRODUCTION
Remit
Definitions and Scope
Methodology
Phase 1: Background research and producing the Legislative Map
Phase 2: Testing the Map and exploring emerging issues and capacity
Implications
This Report

CHAPTER TWO: LEGISLATIVE MAP OF STATUTORY REQUIREMENTS FOR RESEARCH
Overview of the Legislative Map
Analysis of the Legislative Map

CHAPTER THREE: STATUTORY AND NON-STATUTORY REQUIREMENTS
FOR RESEARCH
Introduction
Statutory and Non-statutory Drivers of Research
General powers to carry out research
Introduction of Best Value and focus on performance management
Preparing plans and impact assessments
Consultation and stakeholder engagement
Evidence-based policy making
The introduction of the National Performance Framework
and Single Outcome Agreements
Responding to requests for information from 'third parties'
Conclusions

CHAPTER FOUR: RESEARCH CAPACITY
Introduction
Perceptions of the Pressure/ Demand for Research
Supporting the Development of the Evidence Base for Single Outcome
Agreements
Identifying and Addressing Research Skills Gaps
Increasing Cooperation and Coordination
Streamlining Data Collection and Sharing
Summary and Key Findings

CHAPTER FIVE: CONCLUSIONS AND POSSIBLE ACTIONS

APPENDIX 1: LIST OF ACTS (BY DATE)

APPENDIX 2: LIST OF ACTS (ALPHABETICAL)

APPENDIX 3: SUMMARY OF LEGISLATIVE MAP

The views expressed in this report are those of the researcher and
do not necessarily represent those of the Department or Scottish Ministers.

This report is available on the Scottish Government Social Research website only
www.scotland.gov.uk/socialresearch.