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Gwyn Bevan

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Alvarez-Rosete A, Bevan G, Mays N, Dixon J. 2006 ‘Diverging policy across the UK NHS: what is the impact?’ British Medical Journal, 331: 946-50.

Bevan G, Hood C. 2006 ‘What’s measured is what matters: targets and gaming in the English public health care system’. Public Administration 6, 84(3): 517-38. Available on the World Bank website at (Google Scholar: 447 citations)

Bevan G, Hamblin R. 2009 ‘Hitting and missing targets by ambulance services for emergency calls: impacts of different systems of performance measurement within the UK’. Journal of the Royal Statistical Society (A), 172(1): 1-30. Available at

Besley T, Bevan G, Burchadi K. 2009 Naming & Shaming: The impacts of different regimes on hospital waiting times in England and Wales. DP7306.

Connolly S, Bevan G, Mays N. 2011 Funding and Performance of Healthcare Systems in the Four Countries of the UK before and after Devolution. London: the Nuffield Trust, (revised edition).

Bevan G, Wilson D. 2013 ‘Does ‘naming and shaming’ work for schools and hospitals? Lessons from natural experiments following devolution in England and Wales’. Public Money and Management, 33(4): 245-252.

Bevan G, Mays N. 2014. The four health systems of the UK: how do they compare? London: The Nuffield Trust.

Evidence of impact

Public engagement

Bevan, G. 2009 ‘Have targets done more harm than good in the English NHS?’ No. BMJ; 338: a3129

Bevan G; Skellern M. 2011 ‘Does competition between hospitals improve clinical quality? A review of evidence from two eras of competition in the English NHS’. BMJ; 343:d6470

World Health Organisation. Health systems performance assessment. A tool for health governance in the 21st century. Copenhagen: WHO Regional Office for Europe.

Harford, T. 2014. ‘Underperforming on performance.’ Financial Times, July 11, 2014:

Influencing the terms of debate and policymakers

Timmins N. 2013 The Four UK Health Systems. London: King’s Fund.

Burgess S, Wilson D, and Worth J. 2013 ‘A natural experiment in school accountability: The impact of school performance information on pupil progress’. Journal of Public Economics 106: 57-67. 

Preston P. ‘Andrew Lansley's reality test’, The Guardian. 21 November 2011.

The Nuffield Trust. 2013 Rating providers for quality:

A policy worth pursuing? London: The Nuffield Trust,.

Simon Guilfoyle, 2013 Intelligent Policing: How Systems Thinking Methods Eclipse Conventional Management Practice. Axminster: Triarchy press.

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