The first LGKN project, steered by ESRC, SOLACE and the LGA, provided two main reports: an initial analysis of the issues around engagement between local government and researchers, and a final report summarising the lessons from the two year project.

FROM ANALYSIS TO ACTION: CONNECTING RESEARCH AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT IN AN AGE OF AUSTERITY

This initial report (June 2014) examines how to achieve a wider and more productive engagement between local government and the research community. It looks at local government’s research needs and internal capacity, the supply and funding of research, the value of research and local government collaboration and the barriers that need tackling

From Analysis to Action: Connecting Research and Local Government in an Age of Austerity (PDF)
Report of the Local Government Knowledge Navigator
Tim Allen, Clive Grace and Steve Martin (June 2014)

MAKING THE MOST OF RESEARCH

The final report (May 2015) outlines the experience and lessons learned from the LGKN. The report supports the strong case for closer engagement between academic research and local government in the UK. The analysis demonstrates that

  • local authorities have a wide range of evidence needs
  • there is relevant research and expertise in academia but local government fails to make the most of this
  • there are some impressive examples of collaboration but engagement is inconsistent, and often depends on existing links between individual researchers and local government officers or politicians
  • there is a need for a change of culture in both communities and the development of more systematic approaches to achieving connectivity between them.

Making the Most out of Research (PDF)
Final report of the ESRC Local Government Knowledge Navigator to the Economic and Social Research Council Local Government Association Society of Local Authority Chief Executives
Tim Allen, Clive Grace and Steve Martin