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Below are some of the current and recent research projects that helped shape the research agenda in Scotland.

 

Instrumental Music Services: Results from the IMS Survey 2016

This report documents the results from the 2016 Instrumental Music Survey.  This is the fourth consecutive year of this national survey and reports on the provision of local authority led Instrumental Music Services in Scotland.  Information available includes: tuition fees, concession rates, instrument hire/loan policies, pupil numbers, costs of services and revenue, instructor numbers, and additional activities.

Download the report: Instrumental Music Services: Results from the IMS Survey May-July 2016

Download the Summary Tables

 

Place-based Approaches to Joint Planning, Resourcing and Delivery: an overview of current practice in Scotland

This research looks at the current landscape of place-based approaches to joint planning, resourcing and delivery across Scotland’s local authority areas. It is based on literature review and interviews with 27 local authorities in Scotland.

 

Instrumental Music Services: Results from the IMS Survey 2015

This document outlines the findings of the Instrumental Music Survey 2015, carried out on behalf of Heads of Instrumental Teaching Scotland (HITS). The survey provides up-to-date information on local authority-led instrumental music services across Scotland.

Download the report: Instrumental Music Services: Results from the IMS Survey 2015

Download the Summary Tables

 

Making Better Places, Making Places Better

Findings from the project were officially recognised in the Christie report and helped to shape the local public sector agenda in Scotland

Download the report and appendices.

 

International Governance and Localism

The IS conducted secondary research on behalf of the Commission on Strengthening Local Democracy to provide information on local governance and localism in an international context. The findings assisted the Commission in shaping their final conclusions.

 

1000 Communities

This study seeks to address patterns of inequalities across Scotland over the past ten years. The key results indicate that inequalities between neighbourhoods in Scotland are persistent over time, and reinforce the multiple nature of positive and negative life outcomes. This calls into question the success of previous policies which sought to reduce such inequality and the ability of public services to meet demands equally across society. The results also highlight the value of employment and income-generating programmes within Scotland’s most deprived areas.

Download the report.

 

Instrumental Music Tuition

The IS research team has assisted both the Instrumental Music Group (IMG) and the Instrumental Music Implementation Group (IMIG) with gathering information on local authority-led instrumental music services across Scotland. These groups were set up by the Scottish Government in 2012 and 2013, respectively, to address the delivery of instrumental music across Scotland, make recommendations, and oversee the progress of such recommendations.

Download the report and summary tables.

 

Payroll Analyses

A number of local authorities have approached the IS research team to evaluate their internal payroll data. This analysis includes addressing employees’ salary and FTE distribution alongside their registered addresses. This research is not publicly available but if you are interested to find out more please contact a member of our research team.

 

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