All impact case studies (innovation)

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Cost-efficient service delivery in the public sector

The 'CLEAR IDEAS' innovation development model has improved cost-efficiency in service delivery for public sector organisations - leading to savings of £1.7 million for social care services in Sheffield.

Pupil and computer

Improving IT systems for the public sector

New methodology involving users in the design of IT systems has led to substantial savings in local government and a redesign of the national Integrated Children's System.

Twitter on smartphone

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.

Cheese packing

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.

Euro coin

Reforming the Portuguese VAT system

Recommendations by Professor Rita de la Feria led to reforms implemented in the Portugal’s 2012 State Budget which boosted the efficiency of tax and generated savings of 1.2 per cent GDP.

Echoes project

Helping children with autism

ECHOES, a virtual learning environment developed by ESRC-funded researchers, has improved autistic children's engagement and communication, and changed teaching practice in several UK schools.

Podiatrist

Improving vocational skills training

A research collaboration with the National Apprenticeship Service identified key characteristics for vocational excellence - improving the selection process for the WorldSkills Competition.

Microscope

Identifying gaps in nanotechnology regulation

Research on nanotechnology regulation has been highlighted in key government reports and the Government's Nanotechnology Strategy, and led to the development of the industry standard PAS 137.

Surgery instruments

The human element of surgery

A new tool assessing the quality of team-related behaviours of the core members of an operating theatre team has been mandated for national use by the National Patient Safety Agency and implemented in several other countries.

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