These are challenging times for local government. Robust knowledge and evidence are vital if the changes needed are to be well-informed and wise. The UK research base is a national asset, yet one that is inadequately harnessed to support local government. The research and local government communities lack systemic means to engage productively on the scale that would benefit both.
The Local Government Research Facilitator is a one-year initiative funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), and steered by ESRC, Local Government Association and Society of Local Authority Chief Executives. It builds on the work of the Knowledge Navigator project. It was launched in May 2015 with the aim of helping local government to make better use of existing national investment in research and research-derived knowledge and evidence, and to influence future research agendas, programmes and investment.
Knowledge Navigator is a web enabled Interactive Exchange Platform that offers a ‘What Works’ function for local government to connect with research and for researchers to connect with local government.