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Brokering and Knowledge Exchange Service

This is now a well established process with comparatively few difficulties arising from the perspective of our client commissioners. Progress is all the more noteworthy given that this innovative approach has never been attempted before on a regional scale with a large number of cross sector public sector partners and collaboration between universities. Across the North East the scope of the ILG model is reflected in the wide range of topics covered; economic development, skill training and apprenticeships, large scale regeneration projects, adult social care, sheltered employment and housing, child poverty, tourism, climate change and public procurement.

The unique features of the process involve the ILG working up the research specification with the commissioners (which may involve the engagement of relevant academics in the process), and the arrangement of an ‘internal competition’ amongst the universities to determine the allocation of work. Invariably the winning team involves two or more university suppliers. Once the project has been allocated, and where appropriate, the ILG provides a project monitoring and quality control function on behalf of the commissioner and on completion assists in the dissemination of findings. There are two main sources of funding for ILG projects. First of all a proportion of the partner's annual funding is set aside to develop and deliver a research partnership within the ILG. A second source comes directly from funding streams directly or indirectly available to partner organisations. Sometimes partners may pool their resources in order to commission a collaborative research project.

The following section provides summaries of these projects:

  • Longitudinal Assessment of Large Scale Regeneration Projects – Greater Eston Estate, Redcar and Cleveland: Northumbria and Durham Universities
  • Evaluation of Adult Social Care Provider Development Fund Pilot Interventions: Teesside and Newcastle Universities
  • Securing the North East's Future Workforce Requirements. Recruiting, Training and Deploying Apprentices: Teesside and Newcastle Universities
  • Future Recyclate Planning for North East Local Authorities: Teesside University
  • Delivery and Evaluation of 'Research to Reality' Workshop Programme for Health, Social Care and Local Authority Practitioners: - Organised by RIEP, SHA, FUSE, ILG: Northumbria and Durham Universities
  • Evaluation of the Impact of the Children’s Services Board Programme and Pilot Projects: - Sunderland and Durham Universities
  • Evaluation of Public Service Agreement (16) Projects Supporting Adults Into Employment or Housing: for Department of Work and Pensions: Northumbria University
  • Place-based Budgets and Public Services: - a programme of research and practitioner workshops introducing the ‘Total Place’ approach: Newcastle and Teesside Universities
  • Unintended Consequences of new Public Procurement Methods for Small and Medium Sized Enterprises for Noth East Procurement Office: Teesside and Durham Universities
  • Climate Change Research in North East Universities – Capacity Register: Northumbria University
  • Application of Process Re-engineering for Northumbria Police Force: Sunderland University
  • Evaluation of Alcohol and Community Safety Partnership for Durham County Council: Teesside University
  • North East Succession Planning Programme for Department of Education and Association of Directors of Social Services: Sunderland University
  • Barriers & Entrepreneurship, Raising Levels of Enterprise and Employment in Redcar and Cleveland for the long term unemployed and people at risk of redundancy: Durham University
  • Young People, not in Education, Employment or Training Policy Review: Teesside University
  • Tyne Gateway - Policy Review and Assessment for North Tyneside and South Tyneside Councils: Sunderland, Northumbria, Teesside and Huddersfield Universities
  • Evaluation of alternative models of youth service provision - the Diamond Model: Teesside and Newcastle Universities
  • Knowledge Exchange on Worklessness, Social Exclusion and Youth Transitions: Teesside University and Middlesbrough Council
  • The Role of Social Enterprise in the delivery of Public Services for Northumberland County Council Project: Durham University
  • Asset Transfer of Community Buildings for Durham County Council. Project 1 and 2: Durham University
  • An Assessment of the Voluntary and Community Sector in Stockton: Durham University
  • Action Research Evaluation of Durham Constabulary's High Impact Family Project: Northumbria University
  • The Impact of Welfare Reform on Stockton: Institute for Local Governance, Durham University
  • An Evaluation of the Whole Family/Strengthening Families Strategy: Sunderland University
  • Newcastle Fairness Commission - Justice and Fairness in the Delivery of Public Services - Provision of Research and Rapporteur Function: Teesside University
  • Environmental Justice and the City - Fairness Commission: Newcastle University
  • Education Policy and the City - Fairness Commission: - Newcastle University
  • Closure of Rio Tinto Alcan Lynemouth: Economic, Social and Community Impacts - Scope and Basis for Longitudinal Research: Northumberland County Council and Durham University
  • Resilient Organisations - What is Resilience and Why Does it Matter? - Policy Review: Northumbria University
  • Employee Engagement - Policy Review: Northumbria University
  • Accelerating Implementation of Apprenticeship Priorities for Gateshead: Northumbria Teesside and Sunderland Universities
  • Borderlands: Maximising Northern Benefit from a Powerful Scotland - for Association of North East Councils: Northumbria and Durham Universities and IPPR North
  • Welfare Reform in the North East of England for Association of North East Councils: Northumbria and Teesside Universities
  • Impact of Cuts to Local Services and Spending in the North East over the Period 2013 - 16 for the Association of North East Councils: Durham University
  • Understanding Young People and Deliberate Fire Setting, for Cleveland Fire Brigade: - Teesside University - ongoing
  • Innovative Local Government Approaches to Generating Income and Wider Community Benefits through sponsorship - for Gateshead Council: Northumbria University - ongoing
  • Identifying Opportunities for Economic Growth from Inter Firm Links in Northumberland: Durham University
  • Evaluating the Effects of Wind Farms on Tourism in Northumberland: Northumbria University
  • Family Support Volunteer Project Evaluation, for Action for Children: Durham University
  • Developing a Model of Customer Insight for Sunderland Council - a case study of Adult Social Care: Northumbria University
  • Developing a "well being" Index for Strategic Priorities in County Durham: Teesside University
  • The Future co-ordination and delivery of support services in Middlesbrough: Durham University
  • An Analysis of Child Poverty Data for the North East: North East Child Poverty Commission Durham and York Universities
  • Estimating Potential Rise of Fire Incidents across Teesside - for Cleveland Fire Brigade: Newcastle University
  • Research and Professional Support to Cleveland and Durham Police in the Development of a Pilot Ethics Committee in furtherance of the Introduction of a National Code of Ethics for the Police Service: Northumbria University
  • Information and data on the Ex-Service Community - Forces in Mind Trust and National Lottery: Newcastle University
  • Evaluation of Children's Assessment Framework for Stockton Council: Teesside University
  • Routes to Employability for Offenders - for Durham Police: Northumbria University
  • Evaluation of the South Tyneside Locality Pilot - for South Tyneside Council: Durham University
  • Working Effectively with the Third Sector. Discussion Paper and Evidence Review for Local Authorities: Durham University
  • Welfare Reform and the Potential Impact of the "roll out" of Universal Credit on Local Authorities and their Residents - for the Association of North East Councils - initiated
  • Trends in Mental Health Issues of Children and Young People and Local Policy Implications - for the Association of North East Councils - initiated
  • Evaluation of Women Offenders' Diversion Project - for Durham Police: Northumbria University
  • The Applicability of the National Planning Framework and the Private Sector House Building Model in the North East:- for Stockton Council: Northumbria University
  • Delivering the Health and Well-being Strategy in Middlesbrough: Development through Action Research - for Middlesbrough Council: Durham University
  • Opportunities and Barriers in the achievement of STEM Skill Requirements in Sunderland: for Sunderland Council - on going - ILG
  • What is Effective in Reducing Levels of Childhood Obesity - a review of National and International Evidence and Research Findings - for Hartlepool Council - initiated: Teesside University
  • Evaluation of an Outsourced Family Support Service for Gateshead Council - initiated: Teesside University
  • Development of a Borderlands Strategy (Lothian, Borders, Cumbria, Northumberland, Galloway Councils) for Northumberland County Council - to be initiated: Northumbria and Cumbria Universities
  • The Impact of Service Drift in Police Services in an era of austerity: Durham Police Force - in development
  • Evaluation of Emergency Medical Response Pilot (EMR) Reporting and Evaluation. North East Ambulance Service and North East Fire Services - Teesside University
  • Technical Support to Public Consultation on Combined Authority Agreement with H.M. Treasury -for Durham County Council - Durham University
  • Managerial and Political Arrangements for the operation of Mayoral Combined Authorities - for Redcar and Cleveland Council and Tees Valley Combined Authority - ILG
  • Stockton Borough Council Transformation Programme - Application of Information Technology - in development
  • Durham County Council - Building the employability and enterprising aspirations of young people - with a focus on young people from deprived or marginalised backgrounds - Durham University
  • Rural Development Post Brexit - for Northumberland County Council - in development - ILG
  • Middlesbrough Council Transformation Programme - in development - ILG
  • Developing a long term Research Partnership between Stockton Council and Durham University - in development - ILG

Research and Knowledge Exchange Projects secured and delivered by ILG

  • Economic and Social Research Council: Examination of the Knowledge Exchange and Intermediary Role of the Institute for Local Governance: - ILG
  • Arts and Humanities Research Council: 'Connecting Local Communities to the Nation': - ILG with Durham University Business School
  • Economic and Social Research Council IAA Impact Case Study: Developing and implementing effective working relationships between local authorities and the third sector in an age of austerity: - ILG and St Chad's College, Durham University
  • Economic and Social Research Council IAA Impact Case Study: Developing and Implementing Effective Working Relationships between Health Authorities, Local Government and the Third Sector in improving Public Health and Social Well-being: - ILG and St Chad's College, Durham University
  • Local Government Association and Local Authority Research Council Initiative/Local Economic Development and Regeneration under the Coalition Government: - ILG
  • North East Empowerment Partnership/VONNE. Empowerment and Engagement under the Coalition Government: - ILG
  • Association of North East Councils, Regional Child Poverty Research, Coordination and Knowledge Exchange Project: - ILG
  • Stockton Council: The Impact of Welfare Reform in the Borough: - ILG
  • Association of North East Councils: Evaluation of the Impact of Welfare Reform on the North East: ILG and Teesside University
  • Joseph Rowntree Foundation and National Lottery: The Role of Local Services in Tackling Child Poverty amongst Asylum Seekers and Refugees: ILG with Regional Refugee Forum
  • NHS - Sunderland University: Evaluation of the NHS Emerging Leaders' Programme: - ILG
  • Association of North East Councils: Monitoring the Continuing Impact of Welfare Reform: - ongoing - ILG
  • North East Child Poverty Commission: Monitoring Report; Child Poverty in the North East 2013 - 2014: - ILG
  • North East Child Poverty Commission: Monitoring Report; Child Poverty in the North East 2014 - 2015: - ILG
  • North East Child Poverty Commission. Practitioner Briefings: - Tackling child poverty locally, whose responsibility? Evidence in tackling child poverty; Child Poverty and public health; Family support as a way of addressing child poverty
  • Impact of Japanese Inward Investment on the Development of Local Enterprise Activity in the North East: - Indonesian Government Scholarship, ILG and St Chad's College, Durham University
  • Local Government Management in an Era of Austerity: ESRC PhD Studentship - Durham University
  • Social Accounting and the Third Sector: ESRC Studentship - Newcastle and Durham University
  • Assessing the Impact of Local Small to Medium Sized Enterprises on Social and Community Well-being: Ian Marchant PhD Scholarship to be awarded