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PPG Chair: Professor Patrick Dunleavy 

Tel: +44 (020) 7955 7178
Email: p.dunleavy@lse.ac.uk  

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LSE Public Policy Group (PPG) is an independent consultancy and research organisation. 

PPG provides thorough analysis and recommendations for a variety of clients; providing an interface between academia, the private, public and 'third' sector.  


PPG and REF2014 - Delivering government services online 

As part of REF2014, Professor Patrick Dunleavy’s work on improving digital era public management in UK central government was submitted as an impact case study. This shows the impact that Professor Dunleavy, along with colleagues from the Public Policy Group, had on the UK government’s approach to the delivery of government services online. Specifically, the research has allowed the government to develop policies that have facilitated speedier and more effective digital changes, and increased the breadth and quality of public service delivery online.

Click here to download the impact case study.

LSE Public Policy Group ranked joint 2nd best university think tank in the world

Two LSE research groups, political analysts/consultants the Public Policy Group, and the foreign affairs centre LSE IDEAS have jointly been named the second best university think tank in the world in a global survey. 

They are ranked second only to Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs in the 2014 Think Tank and Civil Societies Program league tables. This is the third year that LSE IDEAS  has ranked highly in this table, and the second year that the Public Policy Group has featured. 

Chris Gilson, Public Policy Group Blog Editor, said: "We're very happy that the ongoing work of the Public Policy Group in increasing the impact and the public understanding of social science research has been recognised once again. Our award-winning academic blog family increased its readership to over 2 million in 2014, and now covers the  UK Europe, the  U.S., an internationally successful social science book review blog, the  LSE Review of Books, and a blog covering the  impact of the social sciences. We look to build on our successes in 2015 and beyond."

The rankings are compiled by the Think Tanks and Civil Society Program at the University of Pennsylvania, and are are considered the most comprehensive and most well-known think tank ratings in the world. The results are based on nominations from thousands of experts, journalists, public and private donors and policymakers from around the world.

The report’s publishers said the world’s best think tanks had developed and led a series of global initiatives that helped bridge the gap between knowledge and policy in critical areas such as international peace and security, globalisation and governance, economics, the environment, poverty and global health.

-26 January, 2015

Review of new book, Growing the Productivity of Government Services in latest issue of the International Review of Administrative Sciences.

PPG Chair, Professor Patrick Dunleavy and Leandro Carrera's new book Growing the Productivity of Public Services has been favourably reviewed in the September issue of the International Review of Administrative Sciences, by Christopher Pollitt, Research Professor at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.

He writes:

"This is an important book, one that should be read by academics and practitioners alike. It is also one proof (among others) that books still have a place in the world of learning."

Click here to read the entire review.

Innovative LSE blogs win UK award for delivering powerful social science impact  

An innovative series of academic blogs from LSE have found new ways of stimulating interest in the socal sciences, scooping LSE Public Policy Group the Times Higher Education award for the best knowledge exchange initiative in higher education during 2011.

Judges at the THE’s Leadership and Management Awards praised the four LSE blogs for the "subtle and powerful" way they influence society and policy in stimulating comment and debate. Judges said that by encouraging hundreds of academics from the School and other universities to share their research and thinking with a wider audience, the blogs showed real impact.

Knowledge-Exchange-2012   The first of the blogs to be established, British Politics and Policy at LSE, is the highest-ranked university blog in the UK and the second-most read economics blog in the country. The Impact of Social Sciences blog - created to disseminate research from a project funded by the Higher Education Finding Council for England – has grown to become a leading international forum for debate on digital scholarship, government policy and publishing models, with around 5,000 visitors a week.

The PPG team, headed by Patrick Dunleavy, Professor in Government at LSE, also runs two newly created blogs - the European Politics and Policy blog (whose brand name is EUROPP ) and the LSE Review of Books. All four blogs bring together expertise from academics, policy-makers and analysts in order  to promote social science debate,  expressed though high-quality writing and editing.

Philip Graham, business alliance manager at Queen’s University Belfast and one of the judges, said that the LSE group had illustrated that knowledge exchange can be much wider than technology transfer and taken academics out of their 'comfort zone'. . He said:: “Their high-quality blog highlights real and important issues

“The comments and debates it generates influences stakeholders and policymakers in a much more subtle and powerful way than traditional lobbying. This is a real example of how social scientists do have, and can demonstrate, real impact.”

Professor Dunleavy said: "We are very pleased that the judges recognized the importance of multi-author blogs (and now Twitter) in finding new ways of connecting serious academic work with people who think deeply about social issues in business, government and the professions. It is a particular coup for the social sciences to win this award against strong competition from physical science projects with a great deal more funding than we have."

Jane Tinkler, manager of the Public Policy Group, said: "There is a huge appetite  amongst well-educated graduates in the UK and overseas for reading and debating the latest thinking on public policy and social change. Our team would like to thank all the several hundred blog authors in LSE, other universities, think tanks and society who’ve helped build the readership of our blogs. "

Three of the blogs are funded by the LSE’s HIEF5 programme for Knowledge Exchange, and the ‘Impact of Social Sciences’ blog is directly funded as part of a Higher Education Funding Council for England research programme.

For more details see the four blogs at:

British Politics and Policy  http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/politicsandpolicy/ 

Impact of Social Sciences http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/ 

LSE Review of Books http://www.lsereviewofbooks.com/

European Politics and Policy  http://www.europp.eu/

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