Research areas

We are investigating the four key research themes and their underlying assumptions, with an initial focus on health, then education.

Research themes

The efficiency-effectiveness trade-off

Productivity improvements can be achieved in the public services without a loss of effectiveness or increase in cost.

Harnessing the power of the workforce

Labour productivity can be realised in the public sector workforce by reconfiguration and optimising skill mix.

Competition, choice and innovation

Competition, choice and innovation will improve productivity and quality within public services.

Ownership, accountability, incentives and motivation

Changing ownership and accountability structures and incentives will improve motivation and productivity in the public sector workforce.