Government & public sector insights

HE Matters People Special Spring 2016

In this edition of HE Matters we have articles focusing on Global Mobility and how HEIs can successfully manage their employees who are working overseas; how universities can improve their performance management structure; how Prevent, the government's counter-terrorism strategy, will impact HEIs; as well as articles considering new initiatives from HMRC.


Whitehall Matters: Winter 2016

Our latest issue of Whitehall Matters includes a collection of articles following the November 2015 Spending Review.


From surviving to thriving: cancer’s next challenge

Our global research explores the cancer experience from the perspective of patients, carers and clinicians, and finds a gap between expectations of care and the reality that points to a healthcare system that needs to shift focus from surviving to thriving.


Big Data, better public services

Our Big Data, better public services Talking Points considers how the government and public sector can best realise the value of its data in the 2015 Spending Review – and beyond.


Good growth for cities 2015

This is our 4th Good Growth for Cities report where we measure the performance of the UK’s largest cities against a basket of ten categories defined by the public, and business, as key to economic success and wellbeing.


HE Matters – Autumn 2015

In this Autumn 2015 edition of HE Matters, we have articles considering how universities can stay relevant in the digital age, what risks institutions face working internationally, updates on the recent changes to immigration rules, and more.


Beyond letting go: the role of central government in a decentralised world

Our ‘Beyond letting go’ Talking Points explores a number of areas where central government has a critical role to play in creating and operating in a successful devolved environment. Together these add up to a fundamentally new role for Whitehall.


To own or not to own: realising the value of public sector assets

Our Talking Points considers how the government and public sector can best realise the value of its assets in the 2015 Spending Review – and beyond.


The 2018 digital university Staying relevant in the digital age

Higher education is facing a future that is challenging but also presents more opportunities for innovative organisations than ever before. Rather than being standalone academic institutions, universities will need to become ever more integrated into the economy, with real commercial awareness and relationship management capability, in order to thrive. The 2018 university is on it's way. Are you ready to embrace it and the future?


Full speed ahead

In association with Smith Institute, this Talking Points discusses how failure to invest in a more integrated and better connected transport network could leave UK plc at a competitive disadvantage. In particular, we wanted to discover more about the scale of the issue and explore what can be done to improve connectivity between cities and regions.


The housing association of 2020: distinctive by design

The six steps set out in this Talking Points publication represent a clear programme of action that all housing associations can undertake in order to meet the challenges of the next five years and lay secure foundations for the future.


Delivering the decentralisation dividend

Decentralisation is firmly on the agenda for the new government, but do local authorities, combined authorities and Local Enterprise Partnerships have the capability, capacity and accountability to deliver on their ambitious plans and reap the potential decentralisation dividend?


Delivering local growth: Where next for Local Enterprise Partnerships?

Our Talking Points with the Smith Institute draws on interviews with 22 Local Enterprise Partnership leaders (mainly chairs and chief executives) and a briefing event hosted at the LEP Annual Conference in March 2015 to explore ‘where next’ for Local Enterprise Partnerships.


Whitehall Matters – Summer 2015

Our latest issue of Whitehall Matters includes five key tests for government ahead of the Spending Review, private sector perspectives on priorities for Whitehall, opportunities for digital transformation and efficiencies - and our ideas for how the Spending Review process itself could be changed.


Forces for change: the public’s view of defence

As we approach the Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) under a new government, we explore the public’s views on the purpose and value of our Armed Forces. What does the public think about the Armed Forces in 2015 - have the Forces made the country safer? Do they perceive value for taxpayers?  What kind of Armed Forces does the public want for the UK in the future?


HE Matters – Spring 2015

In this spring 2015 edition of HE Matters, we have articles considering the VAT minefield when delivering education across international borders, our annual look at the emerging themes from HE Audit Committees, and we highlight potential claims that can be made from Research & Development Expenditure Credit (RDEC).


Skilled for the future: simplifying the UK skills system

This Talking Points publication considers whether the current skills system is really working for its stakeholders and what changes could be made to its administration to make the UK skilled for the future.


The 2018 university – how ready is higher education to embrace the future?

Higher education is facing a future that is challenging but also presents more opportunities for innovative organisations than ever before. Rather than being standalone academic institutions, universities will need to become ever more integrated into the economy, with real commercial awareness and relationship management capability, in order to thrive. The 2018 university is on it's way. Are you ready to embrace it and the future?


Local State We're In 2015

Our fifth annual survey of local government leaders and chief executives highlights the big challenges and big opportunities confronting local government in 2015 and beyond. Councils need to embrace the opportunities that digital, data and decentralisation offer to redefine their role and purpose.