CfPS is committed to developing and promoting leading edge policy and practice in governance and scrutiny.

Our research takes different forms:

Publications exploring the governance and scrutiny challenges which form part of new developments such as devolution, sustainability and transformation plans in health or new delivery vehicles. These are free to access, and some are funded by our partners including the Local Government Association

Thought-leadership and policy development work which seeks to learn from our delivery experience or provide insight into new and potential challenges facing leaders and the governance community. This often takes the form of roundtables, blogs and think pieces and can be found on our website.

Running idea exchanges, best practice and support events including conferences, regional seminars, gathering for specific groups of practitioners. These are promoted via our newsletter and you can sign-up here.  

We run campaigns when we think something needs highlighting or changing. Often this involves advocating the benefits of transparency and accountability and a current example is changes we are promoting to local government scrutiny to coincide with the Communities and Local Government Select Committee Inquiry.
Research is an area where CfPS is looking to increase activity. The aim is to have a good balance between work we fund from income generation and projects funded via grants and other research funding mechanisms.


If you have a research idea or would like to talk to us about funding opportunities please contact Ed Hammond on  | 020 3866 5109 or Elena Konopelko on 3866 5105.

Case Studies

Hinckley and Bosworth: developing the basics

CfPS can: get new members up to speed with the specialist skills and principles underpinning scrutiny.Who: In July 2015, CfPS’ Regional Advocate Brenda Cook ran a development session in ...

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Ipswich Borough Council: getting new members up to speed

CfPS can: provide governance and scrutiny support to new members, getting them up to speed with the responsibilities of their scrutiny role and helping them understand the key skills required ...

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Newcastle City Council: reinforcing health scrutiny skills

CfPS can: help develop members’ skills in all key areas of local government policy.Who: CfPS’ Regional Advisor Brenda Cook ran a development session in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, helping primarily experienced members ...

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North Norfolk: increasing members’ confidence in questioning

CfPS can: Help the arena of scrutiny become less politicised by teaching members to ask questions in a different, more focussed way.Who: In June 2015, Ed Hammond, CfPS’ Director ...

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