The value of partnerships between academics and local councils

luke-sibieta-150Luke Sibieta is a Programme Director within the Education, Employment and Evaluation sector at the Institute for Fiscal Studies.

In this piece, he describes a collaboration between Lambeth Council and researchers from the IFS which proved informative for policymakers and of value to researchers.

Local councils in the UK have the potential to be a laboratory for testing policy ideas and interventions. In the US, individual states have frequently trialled different approaches to public service delivery, with successful examples taken up by other states. This process of policy trial and diffusion has been much less common in the UK, at least historically. Continue reading