Research at the LSE branch is focused around twelve research clusters (see below), within three core research programmes.
Commissioning and performance
The Commissioning and Performance programme endeavours to describe and evaluate the mixed economy of care in England, particularly focused on commissioning, providing, market development and choice. This work builds on the programme previously called 'the mixed economy of care' which sought to describe and evaluate the development, structure and performance of social care markets. There is a particular focus on:
the approaches and perspectives of purchasers;
the characteristics, motivations and behaviour of providers;
the key features of commissioning and their consequences for market structure and outcomes;
micro-commissioning by care managers and the participative roles of service users; and
commissioning of services by users, through direct payments and individual budgets.
Mental health economics and policy
The programme comprises research on mental health policy and practice, drawing particularly but not exclusively on economic approaches and associated empirical methods. Work covers the full age range and all mental disorders, and includes research on intellectual disabilities. Much of the work is conducted outside the UK.
Within these three programmes research is organized into clusters, each with a lead researcher.
Long-term care finance
The overall aims of the LTCF programme are to make projections of likely demand for long-term care for older people and associated expenditure to 2041 under different scenarios. The scenarios relate to changes in external drivers of demand, such as demographic pressures, and to potential changes in patterns of care or policies. A specific objective is to assess the likely impact of different policies and approaches to funding long-term care for older people on the balance of expenditure between sectors.
Work to date has been widely used by national and local policy-makers.