Archive for April, 2011

ESDS event in London

By Kieron L Jones, on 19 April 2011

Friday 10th June 2011

Royal Statistical Society, London.

This meeting will provide a forum for the exchange of information and views between users and producers of the Family Resources Survey. It is aimed primarily at users and potential users of survey microdata. The meeting is free to attend and lunch and refreshments will be provided.

To view the programme and book a place please go to www.ccsr.ac.uk/esds/events/2011-06-10/

Recent acquisitions

By Kieron L Jones, on 18 April 2011

Labour in global production networks in India / edited by Anne Posthuma, Dev Nathan.
New Delhi ; Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2010.

The Oxford handbook of regulation / edited by Robert Baldwin, Martin Cave, Martin Lodge.
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2010.

Davis, Peter J. (Peter John), 1970-
Quantitative techniques for competition and antitrust analysis / Peter Davis and Eliana Garcés.
Princeton, N.J. ; Oxford : Princeton University Press, c2010.

The new public governance? : emerging perspectives on the theory and practice of public governance /
London : Routledge, c2010.

Evaluating transnational NGOs : legitimacy, accountability, representation / edited by Jens Steffek
Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.

Hazell, Robert.
The impact of the Freedom of Information Act on central government in the UK : does FOI work? / Robe
Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.

Event – Managing the Deficit, A Progress Report

By Kieron L Jones, on 15 April 2011

17 May 2011, Barbican LONDON

This event is CPD certified

Most public sector organisations will be suffering unprecedented reductions in funding in the next few years. At the same time, the general public and politicians will be expecting the current level of public services to be maintained. This will require huge improvements in the productivity of staff, organisational re-structuring, shared services to make use of scale, better use of IT, rationalisation of the public sector estate and much better procurement. Another purpose of this event is to showcase some of the excellent work that is taking place in the public sector and which has wider application. ‘Lean’ is a structured approach to involving the workforce in delivering higher productivity, through streamlining processes and through fewer errors. Re-engineering one’s organisation and making best use of IT can create step-changes in efficiency. A shared services operation can also contribute enormously.

The programme will address what the cuts mean, summarise where the greatest opportunities may lie, and also reflect on the way some services may have to change. Delegates will be provided with practical ways to manage with less. The panel debate ’20 ways to save’ will provide delegates with practical examples of where and how public sector bodies have made savings.

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Register to attend here

Speakers include:

Colin Cram – Former Chief Executive, North West Centre of Excellence and Director, Marc1
David Clark – Director General of SOLACE
Chris Simpson – Deputy Director of PaceSetter, HMRC
Councillor Paul Tilsley – Deputy Leader of Birmingham City Council
Ken Cole – Efficiency Adviser, Capital Ambition

Longitudinal studies: lessons for research and policy, British Library, 10 May

By Kieron L Jones, on 6 April 2011

You are invited to the following FREE one-day event:

Title: Longitudinal studies: lessons for research and policy
Location: British Library Conference Centre
Date: 10 May 2011
Time: 10.00-16.45

Information and booking form: http://www.esds.ac.uk/news/eventdetail.asp?id=2770

The day will focus on longitudinal data sources. This event is organised in conjunction with the UK Data Archive and Longview, and will give you an opportunity to hear talks about major studies, research projects, and their application to policy.

This event will give you an overview of the issues involved in analysing and using data from large-scale studies which track populations over time. The day will focus on how findings from longitudinal studies can contribute to policy development, with contributions from research and policy perspectives. The event will include talks about longitudinal studies from England & Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The introduction will be given by Jude England, Head of Social Sciences at the British Library. The keynote speaker will be John Hobcraft, Professor of Demography and Social Policy at the University of York. There will be a panel session chaired by John Pullinger of the House of Commons Library. Speakers to include Professor Diana Kuh and Dr Rebecca Hardy, MRC National Survey of Health and Development; Nick Buck, PI of Understanding Society; Dr Dermot O’Reilly, Centre for Public Health, Queen’s University Belfast; Gemma Tetlow, the Institute for Fiscal Studies; and Dr Chris Dibben, Director of the Longitudinal Studies Centre – Scotland.

Event – ‘Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics’: Playing the Numbers Game in Policy

By Kieron L Jones, on 4 April 2011

This event is taking place during the evening of Wednesday, 13 April (18.30-20.00) in the British Library Entrance Hall and costs £6/£4 concessions.

For more information and booking, go to the British Library website: http://www.bl.uk/whatson/events/event121514.html

Whether the phrase comes from Disraeli or Dilke, or even The West Wing, there have long been arguments about the accuracy and impact of statistics. Information collected in the Census has major political implications, but who decides what’s included? How is it used? And does it end up improving policy or practice?

The event will be chaired by Ceridwen Roberts, AcSS and Research Fellow, University of Oxford. Our speakers include David Walker, Contributing Editor Guardian Public, Richard Alldritt, Director General, Monitoring and Assessment, UK Statistics Authority and Nigel Hawkes, Director of Straight Statistics.

This event coincides with the current British Library exhibition ‘Census and Society: Why Everyone Counts’.