Projects and case studies

  • Mapping Postgraduate Art and Design Provision

    IES worked with the Open University (OU) to map the provision of postgraduate art and design courses. Data were collected from learners with different backgrounds to explore attitudes towards and perceptions of provision. The National Arts...

  • Why People Get in the Way of Change

    The NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement (NHSI) is the body that tasked with bringing about sustainable improvement within the NHS. The 'No Delays' team focused on how delays to patient waiting times (from referral to being seen by a...

  • Learning with Train to Gain

    In partnership with Ipsos Mori, IES conducted the learner element of the national evaluation of Train to Gain for the Learning and Skills Council in England. Train to Gain offers a skills brokerage service to employers. The learner evaluation...

  • The Brighton Factor: Graduates Who Stay

    A team of researchers from IES and the University of Sussex Career Development and Employment Centre explored who stays on in Brighton after graduation and why. They looked at the expectations and experiences of those who stay locally (within the...

  • Expert Input for WORKSTEP

    IES Director Nigel Meager participated as a member of an ‘Expert Review Panel’ advising DWP on a project to develop a ‘distance travelled approach to WORKSTEP development planning’. WORKSTEP is a government programme providing supported work...

  • Further Evaluation of Learner Support Funds

    The Institute was commissioned by the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) to conduct a further evaluation of the Learner Support Funds which provide help to students in further education suffering from hardship. The evaluation, which mainly involved...

  • Making the Decision to Enter Higher Education

    The Institute worked with British Market Research Bureau to help the Department for Education and Skills (DfES) to understand potential applicants' perceptions of higher education and their intentions towards it. The research surveyed 16 and 17...

  • The Regional Impact of Graduate Employment Decisions

    As the UK seeks to manage the transition to a high value added, knowledge-based economy, the generation and transfer of knowledge is increasingly important for the UK as a whole, but also for regions and cities. The role of Higher Education...

  • Flexible Careers for the Royal Navy

    The Royal Navy's flexible careers structure initiative intends to offer a more flexible approach towards careers in the Navy/Marines. The current engagement system is to be replaced by three types of career: full, extended and tailored. IES was...

  • IDEA Succession Planning

    IES supported the IDeA (the Improvement and Development Agency) in a consortium approach to improving the practical application of succession planning in local authorities. Wendy Hirsh of IES worked with two county councils and two, much smaller,...