Research findings contributed to a change in Ofgem policy that ended an energy competition clause that was potentially costing households up to £2 billion a year.
Impact case studies
A selection of case studies highlighting ESRC research impact in various areas of society. The views and statements expressed in the case study publications are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent those of the ESRC.
We also publish regular economic impact reports demonstrating the contribution of ESRC-funded research to society and the economy.
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ESRC-funded research on nutrition and school performance has contributed to the provision of free breakfasts in schools in West Yorkshire.
Research exploring people's recovery after the Hull floods changed government policy and national guidelines on managing recovery after flooding and other disaster events.
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.
An ESRC-funded Knowledge Transfer Partnership has provided robust risk management for InterContinental Hotels Group’s businesses around the world.
Findings from research on how surgeons interact are being used to improve surgical training, and implemented In 'Training the trainers' surgical courses.
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.
Datasets from the ESRC-funded UK Data Service were used in a policy model which underpinned the Scottish Bill on minimum pricing of alcohol.
An academic survey of the carrier bag levy in Wales has caused the Welsh Government to redraft its advice for businesses.
New tools developed by social scientists enable findings from different countries to be compared more reliably.
Recommendations from the ESRC Centre for Market and Public Organisation (CMPO) to improve school league tables were adopted by the Department for Education and implemented in 2011.
Researchers at Loughborough University have shown that self-help sleep management, based on the principles of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), can improve sleep quality and duration. The research team are now delivering CBT training for insomnia to NHS therapists throughout the UK.
Researchers from the Centre for Economic Performance and the Spatial Economics Research Centre analysed the impact of reforms in health care, where private hospitals could compete with NHS hospitals on publicly funded care. Their findings were cited by all three main political parties in debates and shaped the design of the NHS reform bill, which became an Act of Parliament in March 2012.
Researchers at the University of Leeds, carried out the largest study to date of the erotic dancing industry in the UK night-time economy to assess the realities of negative claims about the industry. Following co-operation with the researchers, Local Authorities such as Leeds, Blackpool, Manchester and Camden have adopted specific 'good practice' procedures, while a number of initiatives are ongoing to improve safety, licensing, working conditions and welfare of dancers.
The UK Government established Sure Start in 1999 to provide integrated early years services primarily targeted on disadvantaged groups. One of its main architects, Norman Glass of HM Treasury, described it as "an outstanding example of evidence-based policy."
Nanotechnologies - tiny devices and systems on a nanoscale - are developing so fast that regulation has been struggling to keep up. In recent years there have been growing fears about the potential risks to human health and the environment from nanotechnology.
Homeless people with complex support needs – such as mental health and/or drug/alcohol problems – have become a policy priority in the UK because they are disproportionately ‘failed by’ or ‘resistant to’ existing interventions.
This Knowledge Transfer Partnership project helped Dr Foster Intelligence to assess the best way to visualise complex health data on maps - leading to the development of the cutting-edge web application Population Health Manager.
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.
Innovation in the UK is not restricted to high-tech and pharmaceutical industries. Right across the country, innovation is turning up in unexpected places and firms. Also, innovation is not just about new products; it is seen in fresh approaches to services, business processes and methods.
In this Knowledge Transfer Partnership, Anchor Trust collaborated with the University of Sheffield to identify best practice to recruit and retain care staff working in nursing and residential homes.
A KTP partnership facilitating the development of the Barrow Trust School Pathfinder, attracting additional funding predicted to amount to £30 million, and leading to recognition as an educational change innovator.
A KTP Partnership based at Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust established training practices for junior doctors and spearheaded the local Medical Workforce Skills Mix Analysis group - leading to a successful bid for £106k from the Strategic Change Fund.
A study of reinsurance underwriting and broking practices in the London and Bermuda analysed the strengths and weaknesses of face-to-face and electronic trading approaches, highlighting how they affect training and business development.
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.