Leadership and management in local authorities
Analysis of Academy School Performance in 2015June 2016, Research Report
Report compares 2015 attainment results and Ofsted ratings of sponsored and converter academies with groups of maintained schools that had similar characteristics.
Analysis of academy school performance in GCSEs 2014July 2015, Research Report
Investigation of how performance in national GCSE examinations in academy secondary schools compares to performance in similar local authority maintained schools.
Review of SESLIP's Peer Challenge ProgrammeJune 2015, Research Report
The review aimed to provide a qualitative narrative of the Peer Challenge Programme for SESLIP.
LARC6: 'Child neglect is everyone's business'March 2015, Research Report
LARC6 examined how LAs can work differently to identify child neglect at an early stage and encourage effective, low-cost solutions drawing particularly on the strengths of the family network and the wider community
Analysis of academy school performance in GCSEs 2013October 2014, Research Report
FInal report of project undertaken for the LGA to investigate how performance in national examinations in academy secondary schools compares to performance in similar non-academies
Census of Local Authority Councillors 2013June 2014, Research Report
NFER carried out this seventh survey of local authority councillors in England for the LGA.
'We should have been helped from day one': A unique perspective from children, families and practitionersSeptember 2013, Research Report
Nine authorities from across England carried out research into how to effectively support families with different levels of need across the early intervention spectrum, supported by the LARC researchers.
Evaluation of the sector-led peer challenge programme 2012/13April 2013, Research Report
The Children’s Improvement Board and LGA commissioned NFER to carry out the second evaluation of the ‘sector-led peer challenge programme’.
Evaluation of Norfolk County Council's approach to securing services to improve young people's well beingMarch 2013, Research Report
Norfolk County Council commissioned NFER to undertake a process evaluation of their approach to securing services to improve young people’s well-being.
The longer-term impact of safeguarding children peer reviewsFebruary 2013, Research Report
This first interim report of NFER’s evaluation of the longer-term impacts of the LGA’s Safeguarding Children Peer Review programme presents the findings from the early phases of the research.
The evaluation of the NYA tailored support offer to local authoritiesSeptember 2012, Research Report
The LGA commissioned NFER to carry out an evaluation of the National Youth Agency’s tailored support offer to local authorities.
Local authorities' approaches to children's trust arrangementsJuly 2012, Research Report
The LGA commissioned NFER to investigate LAs’ approaches to children’s trust arrangements and how they fulfil their duty to promote co-operation with partners to improve young people's health and wellbeing.
The impact of Safeguarding Children Peer ReviewsMay 2012, Research Report
An evaluation of the Safeguarding Children Peer Reviews, exploring the impact of the peer review process on authorities with a Notice to Improve.
Soulbury workforce survey 2011May 2012, Research Report
This report presents data from the Soulbury Workforce Survey 2011 and provides up-to-date information on pay levels, recruitment and retention issues and characteristics of the Soulbury workforce.
A best practice review of the role of schools forumsMay 2012, Research Report
Research for the LGA involving a desk review of current models of schools forums and case-studies based on telephone interviews with LA officers, forum Chairs, forum members and constituent members.
Early intervention: Informing local practiceFebruary 2012, Research Report
The Local Government Association commissioned the NFER to carry out a review of early intervention approaches to inform the practice of local authorities.
Evaluation of the early adopter sector-led improvement programme pilotsFebruary 2012, Research Report
This report, commissioned by the LGA, captures LAs' perceptions on the early adopter programme and sector-led improvement and support more widely.
Developing a business case for early interventions and evaluating their value for moneyNovember 2011, Research Report
The LGA commissioned NFER to produce guidance on what constitutes a good business case for early interventions and how it should be assessed.
Feasibility study for the trials of Payment by Results for children's centresNovember 2011, Research Report
91048 - NFER worked with the National Children’s Bureau (NCB) on the first research study on Payment by Results (PbR) for children’s centres.
National census of local authority councillors 2010October 2011, Research Report
NFER carried out a sixth survey of local authority councillors in England for the LGA, and the findings are available in this report.
Safeguarding: Council developmentsSeptember 2011, Research Report
The Local Government Group commissioned NFER to capture Local Authorities approaches to developing safeguarding practices in a changing policy landscape.
Evaluation of the NYA Engagement NetworkSeptember 2011, Research Report
An evaluation of the NYA’s Engagement Network which aims to support young people who are NEET to have a voice and shape local provision for young people through local projects.
Information sources for the local children and young people's services sector: A mapping studySeptember 2011, Research Report
The LG Group commissioned NFER to carry out a mapping study to inform the development of its online information, advice, guidance and data offer to local authorities.
How to sustain and replicate effective practiceAugust 2011, Research Report
Research commissioned by the LG Group examining how identified examples of effective practice in children’s services have been, or could be, replicated and sustained, to inform guidelines for future practice.
Devon multi-agency safeguarding hub: case-study reportJuly 2011, Research Report
The Local Government Group, on behalf of Devon County Council, commissioned NFER to carry out a case study of Devon’s Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) model.