All impact case studies (global economy)

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Analysing business risks on social media

An ESRC internship led to the development of commercial software that can analyse social media comments about a company’s operations and products, revealing potential business risks.

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Research evidence for the pupil premium

The Institute for Fiscal Studies and the ESRC Centre for the Microeconomic Analysis of Public Policy influenced the debate on the eventual shape of the 'pupil premium' scheme by confirming for policymakers that decisions made were based on solid analytical foundations.

Charitable giving

Keeping charitable donations tax-free

Professor Kimberley Scharf at the ESRC Centre for Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy has been credited with helping to reverse government proposals of a cap on tax relief for charitable giving.

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Changing the face of the high street

Research by Professor Neil Wrigley and colleagues has helped transform thinking on food retail development, its role in sustaining viable town centres and the future of UK high streets.

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Helping small business grow

Lancaster University Management School has increased the productivity and sales of 250 local companies through its innovative Leading Enterprise and Development programme.

CCTV monitoring

Project management toolsets improved policing

New project management toolsets developed with the ESRC-funded Transformation Project helped Warwickshire Police launch new Automatic Number Plate Recognition schemes on time and budget – targeting vehicle-based criminality and solving a string of serious crimes.

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Managing emergencies in the hotel sector

An ESRC-funded Knowledge Transfer Partnership has provided robust risk management for InterContinental Hotels Group’s businesses around the world.

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Helping disabled persons in the workplace

Findings about the levels of bullying of disabled people in the workplace have led to changes in policy, promoting equality and improving workplace environments.

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Improving adult social care in Cornwall

ESRC-funded research provided Cornwall Council with effective training tools for social care staff - improving adult care and leading to yearly cost savings of £80,000.

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Enabling low cost loans

Analysis of customer data enabled the not-for-profit organisation Moneyline to offer loans to low-income customers, by providing more comprehensive risk assessments than traditional banks.

Prison

How our prisons perform

A study of public and private sector prisons by Professor Alison Liebling and Dr Ben Crewe influenced public and private sector bids for the prisons that are currently being market tested and changed management practices in prisons.

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Promoting equality for aid workers

Project ADD-UP, a three-year research project examining differences in pay between local workers and expatriate workers, was instrumental in setting up the first global task force to tackle the issue.

Charity box

Reviewing gift aid and charitable giving

The Centre for Charitable Giving and Philanthropy has contributed to research exploring proposals for reforming and simplifying tax-effective Gift Aid donations to UK charities.

Elderly patient

Shaping long-term care funding in England

An ESRC research project modelling future trends for UK's ageing population proved pivotal in providing research evidence for the Government's reform of social care funding in England.

Water pollution

Putting a price on nature

A methodology for assessing the economic value of freshwater and marine environmental systems has led to a more cost-benefit based approach to implementation of the EU Water Framework Directive in the UK.

Carpenter

New rules for welfare

A review of the welfare system to consider ways of enhancing employment, by Professor Paul Gregg from the Centre for Market and Public Organisation, informed the Department for Work and Pensions' white paper on welfare reform.

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Putting skills into business

Research by the Centre on Skills, Knowledge and Organisational Performance has informed the English Skills Strategy and policies in Finland, Norway and Australia.

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More effective breast cancer care

A Knowledge Transfer Partnership enabled the charity Breast Cancer Care to plan services for groups of people with breast cancer who have traditionally been under-served.

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Health psychology helping business

The training and consultancy company Public Management Associates Ltd collaborated with Coventry University to develop in-house skills in health psychology and behaviour change, reducing commissioning costs and increasing profits.

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