The Centre for Public Policy and Management
Applied policy research
The Centre for Public Policy and Management (CPPM) undertakes research and consultancy in Scottish and European public policy. Although it has now been absorbed into Aberdeen Business School, the Centre is continuing to function as a research unit.
The CPPM undertakes applied policy research in a wide range of fields, relating not only to the public sector but to voluntary, non-profit and commercial agencies undertaking similar patterns of work. The general role of the Centre may be described as
The staff attached to the centre have backgrounds in policy analysis, social administration, management, planning, law, economics and social research.
Applied policy research. The CPPM's research is determined by its relevance to policy. The subjects are raised by local and national government agencies, and defined by the needs of those agencies.
Links to policy networks. The Centre has working contacts with a large number of public sector agencies throughout Scotland. The Centre has undertaken a series of studies of the views of key actors in the policy process, covering such issues as local government reform, licensing law, electoral reform and community care.
Multi-disciplinary team work. CPPM research is collaborative and multi-disciplinary. Research is based on the application of a range of expertise to the practical problems of public sector, voluntary and independent agencies. The staff attached to the centre have backgrounds in policy analysis, social administration, management, planning, law, economics and social research. Recent projects have involved researchers with specialities in political science, law, social policy, management, economics, sociology and nursing.
Empowering research. The CPPM's research has included initiatives to offer opportunities for voice and participation in policy making. This includes work to listen, record and report the views of people who are disadvantaged and socially excluded; the making of payments to poor and disadvantaged respondents for their collaboration with research; and a participative project developing the skills and capacities of volunteers in work with poor people.
Service to the community. The CPPM serves the community through policy-related work for government and local authorities; for work relating to disadvantage and social inclusion, including current work on poverty, homelessness and exclusion; and through support and advice given to local agencies, which recently has included advice on research design, homelessness strategy, local outcome agreements and corporate planning.
Our clients. We have worked for:
Reports on the CPPM's activities have now been incorporated in the Aberdeen Business School's report, Working for the public sector. Please click on this link to view the report.
Reports available from the websites of the agencies who have commissioned research from us include:
Earlier papers include
They are all in PDF format and can be accessed by clicking on the titles.
Centre for Public Policy and Management
The Robert Gordon University
Aberdeen Business School
Tel: +44 1224 263111
Fax: +44 1224 263434