public sector

Reforms to public services, the deficit reduction programme and the coalition government’s Big Society agenda are all affecting the amount of funding going to charities and the way that this money is given. This report provides an in-depth insight into how these changes are affecting the sector, and how charities are responding.

Report that highlights the importance of having good quality cost information to inform policy decisions and scrutinise performance, and identifies some of the guidance and cost measures that already exist. It also provides some case studies to illustrate how councils and councillors are currently using cost information.

The Big Society Audit, which is supported by the Joseph Rowntree charitable Trust and the calouste gulbenkian Foundation UK, is the first ever audit of the changes that successive governments have been seeking to empower communities; promote social action; and open up public services.

The Audit does not seek to pass judgement on the success of the Big Society, however, it does attempt to identify the broad direction of travel and provide a baseline against which to measure future success.

Report prepared on behalf of Independent Health and Care Providers (IHCP) by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in September 2011 to inform the IHCP consultation response to the Review of the Provision of Health and Social Care Services, announced by the Health Minister in June 2011.

Findings of a survey based on a sample of 115 people from public sector organisations. 57% were from local government, 13% from civil service organisations, 11% from other publicly funded bodies. Respondents were mostly middle management (42%) and elected representatives (25%).

Consumer Focus wished to undertake a research project to examine experiences of care leavers and to identify the barriers they face accessing a range of public services for the first time.

The aim of this review is to determine whetherrandomised controlled trials (RCTs) lead to the same effect size and variance as non-randomised studies (NRSs) of similar policy interventions; and whether these findings can be explained by other factors associated with the interventions or their evaluation.This systematic review was published by EPPI-Centre in 2011.Systematic reviews aim to find as much as possible of the research relevant to the particular research questions, and use explicit methods to identify what can reliably be said on the basis of these studies.

Research designed to provide detailed information about disabled people’s experiences and views of disability-related harassment and their perceptions of the role of public bodies.

It was based on focus groups and in-depth interviews with a total of 87 disabled people, recruited on the basis of having experienced disability related harassment in the previous three years.

Scotland's spending plans from 2012-13 to 2014-15 together with the draft Scottish budget 2012-13 for consultation with the Scottish Parliament and the people of Scotland.

Programme for government that set out the steps that will be taken in the year ahead to deliver its commitment to make Scotland better.