Productivity Insights Network

Lead Research Organisation: University of Sheffield
Department Name: Management School

Abstract

UK national productivity challenges can be analysed from many different perspectives, including firm-specific, industry-specific, organisational-specific, institution-specific or technology-specific perspectives. In the case of the UK, however, the extent to which productivity problems are regional in nature is almost unparalleled amongst the advanced OECD economies. London and the core regions of southern England exhibit very strong productivity performance by OECD and EU standards whereas the non-core regions of the UK consistently exhibit weak productivity performance by OECD and EU standards. These non-core regions consistently display a very long tail of poor productivity firms, operating alongside numerous high productivity firms in London and its hinterland.

When compared to OECD and EU averages the non-core tail of poor performing firms hampers national productivity performance by largely cancelling out the stronger performance of the firms in the more prosperous core regions. The result is that UK productivity has barely changed relative to our international competitors in more than four decades. Yet, these longstanding and growing interregional differences in productivity performance are the very aspect of the UK's productivity performance about which we probably know the least. Therefore, in order to better understand the UK's productivity challenges, we employ a place-based lens to investigate the extent to which many UK productivity-enhancing and productivity-inhibiting processes are related to geography.

The proposed Productivity Insights Network incorporates these analytical perspectives in a manner that explicitly uncovers the local, city and regional dimensions of productivity performance. This is achieved by developing an innovative multi-disciplinary network though with the thematic productivity challenges aim to unpack the complex interactions between factors of production across different institutional and geographical settings. The network is structured around seven thematic productivity challenges which are addressed and integrated by interdisciplinary teams of experts examining five sets of interaction mechanisms, all operating in a geographical setting.

The thematic productivity challenges addressed are: a) Skills, education and training b) Employment, work and labour markets; c) FDI, capital and investment markets; d) Health, well-being, ageing and demographic change; e) Technology, innovation, competitiveness, and enterprise; f) Organisation, institutions and governance; and, g) Land use, transport and infrastructure. The five different interaction mechanisms we examine are: 1) knowledge spillovers and interactions; 2) financial interactions; 3) organisational interactions; 4) social interactions; and; 5) governance interactions. These different lines of enquiry are knitted together via four work packages (WPs), namely: WP1. Network Management; WP2. Thematic Productivity Challenges; WP3. Integrated Analysis; and, WP4 Engagement, Dissemination & Learning Activities.

This Sheffield-led Productivity Insights Network proposal will co-produce new social science insights with a range of partners from the public, private and third sectors, with a view furthering our understanding of the UK productivity puzzle and develop actionable outcomes. Beyond generating new perspectives the Productivity Insights Network will also identify policy options best suited to responding to the UK's productivity challenges. This proposal has been developed in consultation with over 50 academics well as with other non-academic partners and networks, and if funded the NW+ will pursue a portfolio of new interdisciplinary activity. The multi-disciplinary Productivity Insights Network will see early career researchers and established scholars working together in order to develop and disseminate new insights through the network to government, businesses and other stakeholder organisations.

Planned Impact

The Productivity Insights Network has been designed to develop high-impact academic insights. The team of Co-Is comprises leading economists and social scientists with extensive experience of collaborative working and knowledge exchange. This is critical to ensuring the impact of new insights about the UK productivity puzzle. Designed around seven productivity themes, addressing the productivity puzzle demands working across what are complex interdependent issues. The Productivity Insights Network will engage in a wide range of communication, engagement, learning and dissemination activities targeting different academic and non-academic user communities from the inception of the network, with engagement and impact intrinsic to the activities of the network.

Ensuring the relevance of the Productivity Insights Network is contingent on sustained and meaningful engagement of non-academic partners and stakeholders. The approach of the NW+ model is to engage user communities in co-designing and co-producing knowledge and outputs that add value. An important aspect of the impact strategy is to identify demand for particular activities and outputs, and then prioritise those with the greatest interest and impact potential. Moreover, by creating as a network of networks as well as working in partnership with non-academic organisations, the Productivity Insights Network has strong foundations to build its research and knowledge exchange activities.

The research and analysis underlying the impact activities will be adapted to be accessible and of interest to different audiences, and where possible communicated in partnership with key stakeholder organisations. As set out in the Pathways to Impact, the Productivity Insights Network will adopt an approach that includes both online and offline activities, including but not limited to: website, social media,stakeholder forums, masterclasses, good practice workshops, seminars/webinars, debates, regional roundtables/business breakfasts, action learning sets, good practice summaries, briefings, newsletters, working papers, and an annual 'Productivity Insights' conference. Over the duration of the NW+ there will be an ongoing process of planning, monitoring and evaluating impact, reviewed in consultation with the management group and with different user communities.

The members of the Productivity Insights Network and our partner organisations are key to the reach and impact of our activities. Through our current network we have already have connection to an impressive array of organisations, bodies and networks, these include: Industrial Strategy Commission; All-Party Parliamentary Group on Inclusive Growth; Commission on Economic Justice; What Works Centre for Wellbeing; National Institute for Ageing; Institute for Social Renewal; What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth; LLAKES; Scottish Govt, Department for Transport, OECD; Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy; LEP Network; Local Government Association; Local Government Information Unit; Institute for Economic Development; Public Policy Institute Wales; Federation of Small Business; HM Treasury; Economic Statistics Centre of Excellence; Housing Evidence Centre; Low Pay Commission; Department for International Trade; Bank of England; Cabinet Office; and the Innovation Caucus.

The stakeholder and user communities of the Productivity Insights Network will continue to grow over the duration of the NW+. Given impact is critical to future success, considerable time and resource has been allocated to the communication, engagement, learning and dissemination activities. These activities include the time for highly experienced senior academics in leading high impact knowledge exchange as well as a dedicated KE/comms officer. In this way, and by working with a range of partners, the aim is to ensure the visibility of the Productivity Insights Network during and beyond the funded life of the funded NW+.

Organisations

Publications

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Description In addition to the detailed collaborations and events that we have identified for the period of March 2019 to March 2020 we would like to share the following key highlights Influence on policy • PIN and Industrial Strategy Council Roundtables April 2019 PIN was approached by Andy Haldane, Chief Economist of the Bank of England to support the work of the Industrial Strategy Council to assist them with their Foundation Insights projects on the themes of skills, place and sector. PIN brought together a range of academics from across the network with expertise in each thematic area for three separate joint ISC-PIN round tables on 24, 25 April (sectors, place and skills). The discussions and key insights from the roundtables were synthesised by PIN and shared with the Council and used to inform the formative stages of their enquiry in June 2019. • Industrial Strategy Councils Roundtable January 2020 Following the initial PIN and IS roundtables in April on place, sectors and skills, the IS council set up a sup group to carry out qualitative research to better understand the policy-making process behind place-based interventions. PIN was asked to bring together a group of academic experts from across the network and LEP senior partners to contribute to a roundtable discussion. The Council's aim was to better understand the internal and external factors that shape the LIS development process. The insights generated through the roundtable went on to inform the place strand of the IS Foundation Insights project. • UK 2070 Commission report: An Inquiry into Regional Inequalities: Towards a Framework for Action. Final report published February 2020 Because of his role in PIN, Professor Philip McCann was appointed as a Commissioner on the UK2070 Commission and was responsible for much of the economics text and arguments in the three reports produced by the Commission. Professor Duncan Maclennan at the University of Glasgow received PIN Pioneer funding in the first funding round. The outcome of his research contributed to the UK 2070 Commission. The UK2070 Commission is an independent inquiry into city and regional inequalities in the UK and is chaired by Lord Kerslake. The Commission was set up to conduct a review of the policy and spatial issues related to the UK's long-term city and regional development (reference below) and PIN report available: https://productivityinsightsnetwork.co.uk/app/uploads/2020/01/MacLennanChristieMiao_HousingtheEconomy_December2020.pdf. • Duncan Maclennan, Linda Christie and Julie T. Miao: Housing for Growth and Inclusion: A Note to the UK 2070 Commission. (University of Glasgow and University of Melbourne) Professor Maclennan was invited to present his research at a seminar for the Chief Scientist at MHCLG on Tuesday 3rd March 2020 and also at a meeting with Lord Best on Monday 9th March as part of the Affordable Housing Commission. Philip McCann and Tim Vorley has spoken on productivity-related issues to various teams of economists at BEIS on several different occasions, and in McCann and Vorley are due to speak at MHCLG in March 2020 and May 2020 respectively. Philip McCann has also been appointed to the assessment panel of the UKRI Strength in Places Fund chaired by Dame Kate Barker. • UK Regional Productivity Differences: An Evidence Review February 2020 Co-Directors Professors Philip McCann and Tim Vorley were acknowledged as contributors to the UK Regional Productivity Disparities report produced by the Industrial Strategy Council. The Productivity Insights Network was also acknowledged in the report for hosting roundtables in both Sheffield and at BEIS with leading academics from across the country. The report, written by Robert Zymek and Ben Jones provides a comprehensive review of the evidence on both the causes of regional disparities and the effectiveness of policies to address them. Philip McCann was also in a six-week correspondence with the authors and also ISC Councillor Dame Kate Barker, because Philip had realised that there were serious data problems in their draft documents. Philip spent six weeks carefully checking, reconstructing and re-calculating the data in order to ensure that the final report was correct and to identify the source of the problem, which turned out eventually to have been a software problem at Eurostat. The report also referred to the PIN Co-Investigator evidence reviews by Professor Leaza McSorley (Inequality, wellbeing and inclusive growth) and Professor Richard Harris (FDI, Capital and Investments). The research of Philip McCann PI, Ben Gardiner Co-I and Robert Inklaar, IAB member is also referenced in the report. For the full report: https://industrialstrategycouncil.org/uk-regional-productivity-differences-evidence-review. Tim Vorley, Philip McCann, Andrew Henley and Colin Mason were also all involved in reading, assessing and providing feedback on the draft Sectoral Landscape Review report produced by the Industrial Strategy Council. • PIN Small Project Fund policy engagement: Dr Katy Jones, Manchester Metropolitan University Early Career Researcher Dr Katy Jones from the Decent Work and Productivity Research Centre at Manchester Metropolitan University was awarded a PIN Small Project Fund in the second funding round. The research gathered insights from employers about the potential impact of (and their likely response to) the extension of conditionality to working Universal Credit claimants. Whilst only a small-scale pilot study, it highlights a number of important issues which policymakers in the Department for Work and Pensions should consider as their 'in-work offer' is developed. The research generated a lot of policy interest and Dr Jones has shared her findings at the following; • Advisory group with representation from DWP/BEIS/CIPD/IOD/Academics, April-Oct 2019 • Invited attendee at DWP In-work Progression Expert Workshop (Chatham House rules) • Presentation to Department for Work and Pensions (internal seminar, Chatham House rules), Jan 2020 • Presentation to Manchester City Council Welfare Reform Board, Dec 2019 • Provided oral evidence to House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee, Feb 2020 • Provided written evidence to House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee, Feb 2020 Jones, K., Berry, C., Rouse, J. and Whittle, R. (2019) Universal Credit and In-Work Conditionality - a productive turn?, https://productivityinsightsnetwork.co.uk/app/uploads/2019/10/Project-Report-Universal-Credit-Productivity_Katy-Jones-et-al..pdf. Productivity Insights Network • Northern Ireland Roundtable: The Productivity Puzzle: Causes and Consequences of Stagnating Productivity Growth and how to Reboot Productivity Growth. Department for the Economy, Belfast. September 2019 This round table event, hosted by the Department for the Economy (DfE) and the Productivity Insights Network (PIN), explored the causes and consequences of stagnating productivity growth in Northern Ireland (NI). The event aimed to help stakeholders to gain a better understanding of different perceptions and approaches to productivity, in the context of the NI Industrial Strategy, and to connect people already working, researching and making policies in this area. • Scottish Government PIN Seminar Series. October 2019-March 2020 The Economic Policy Unit at the Scottish Government contacted the PIN network to deliver a series of workshops based on the thematic PIN evidence reviews. The series of workshops were delivered to staff at the Scottish Government to develop their economic literacy and awareness of productivity issues. The series of workshops requested is listed below; 1. Leaza McSorley (University of Sunderland), 4 October 2019 Inequality, Well-Being and (Inclusive) Productivity Growth 2. Kirsty Newsome & Tim Vorley (University of Sheffield), 24 October 2019 Contemporary Work and Employment and the Productivity Puzzle 3. Iain Docherty (University of Stirling) & David Waite (University of Glasgow), 3 December 2019 Infrastructure and Productivity 4. Richard Harris (University of Durham) 10 February 2019 FDI, Capital and Investment Markets 5. Maria Abreu (University of Cambridge), 16 March 2019 Human Capital, Skills and Productivity 6. Philip McCann (University of Sheffield), 13 January 2020 - to be given in June 2020 • Productivity Perspectives: Observations from the UK and the International Arena Our new 375-page book entitled Productivity Perspectives is due to be published by Edward Elgar in early March 2020. The book is edited by Philip McCann and Tim Vorley and contains chapters by all of the PIN Co-Investigators. It is the most comprehensive single volume on UK productivity-related issues and challenges currently available. • Conferences Our PIN conferences are attracting and engaging with very high-level audiences. We had over 160 delegates at the 2019 conference and we expect over 200 at the 2020 conference. All of the major institutions of government and civil society working in productivity-related fields are represented at very high levels, as well as the media. At our conferences the speakers include and have included; Andy Haldane, Sir Paul Collier, Lord Jim O'Neill, Dame Kate Barker, Lord Bob Kerslake, so in terms of 'changing the tone of debate' and subsequently, 'Reframing the debate', which have always been some of our absolute key priorities, our public engagement activities are taking place at the very highest levels.
First Year Of Impact 2019
Sector Communities and Social Services/Policy,Creative Economy,Financial Services, and Management Consultancy,Healthcare,Government, Democracy and Justice,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology,Transport,Other
Impact Types Societal,Economic,Policy & public services

 
Description BEIS ISC Roundtable on 22 January 2020 (Sheffield)
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
Impact The Network were asked by BEIS to participlate in a roundtable event in January 2020, with the aim of hearing from key Netwrok members and their experiences of involvement in LIS development. BEIS representative presented preliminary findings from research so far and introducing the project and a presentation of summary themes, including an overview of the cases selected (deliberately diverse places at different stages of the process, different internal geographies etc.) BEIS have spoken to the LEPs and also did 'snowball sampling' - different between places in terms of who we got hold off. 30 interviews so far. On track for 50. Participants have differed. Similarly, we have also talked to businesses - difficult to get hold of smaller businesses. Composition of our sample is representative of the reality of the places we are looking at. Preliminary findings: There were the primary themes but there were also some secondary themes that came out. We want to know if this fits with your experience and knowledge. This would be useful for us to contextualise our findings. The aim of the roundtable was then to gain some understanding from the Network through a Q&A session and then to addres some of the key questions as per the agenda. A summary of the agenda is below. Industrial Strategy Council and PIN Academic Roundtable, 22 January 2020, Executive Suite 3, Floor D, Sheffield University Management School 12.00-12.15 Arrival and tea and coffee 12.15-12.45 Presentation from Industrial Strategy Council on findings from Qualitative Places research. 12.45-13.15 Q&A from participants on ISC research 13.15-14.00 Lunch 14.00-15.00 Participants share their experiences guided by the following questions: 1. To what extent can you see similarities and differences between our cases and the places you have been involved in? 2. In the places you have been involved in, what are some of the 'place' characteristics that can shape the process of developing the LIS? And in what way do they shape the process? 3. What is your assessment of the availability and quality of evidence available to accurately capture the local economy? And what is your impression of the use of consultants to gather the evidence?
 
Description Call for evidence - Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) (14 June 2019)
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
Impact We would appreciate responses to the below questions from MHCLG. - What evidence is there that 'left behind' places/'struggling' places require more support to develop their capacity to identify and implement strategies to support local economic growth/prosperity? - What are the key challenges in capacity within these places? - What are the best ways to support LA/LEPs to develop their capacity/capability? This could be over the short and long run. Kindly submit responses via this Google form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd8Jjvq2xkLo37RPXjkvdesgRSaoAx-KNZespUN8RkYSEvg9A/viewform?usp=sf_link Background: This is to contribute to the evidence base around EU replacement funds, including the Stronger Towns Fund which will target places that have not previously shared in the proceeds of growth, through creating new jobs, training local people and boosting economic activity.
 
Description House of Commons Select Review (17 May 2019)
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
Impact Inquiry into regional investment and growth launched PIN provided the Committee with responses to the questions below: - What is the role of the Government in addressing regional disparities for businesses across the UK? Does the devolution of powers, including City and Region Deals, the Northern Powerhouse, and Midlands Engine, provide LEPs and other bodies with the tools they need to deal with the issue? - Are there barriers to new businesses being established in less-productive areas? How does clustering affect other businesses in that region, for example: are Catapult Centres widening or limiting investment in their local areas? - Are businesses outside of cities able to access finance and attract investment? How has existing support from EU structural funds supported regional growth? Will new Government measures, such as the Stronger Towns Fund and Shared Prosperity Fund, provide effective support for growth in these areas? - How does the mobility of businesses to relocate within the UK and overseas affect their investment in local areas? Should local and national Government be seeking to reduce business relocation? - Is the Government prioritising the right areas for early Local Industrial Strategies? Will the Strategies enable areas to tackle productivity and growth disparities within regions?
URL https://drive.google.com/open?id=1jek4wIX9XUMzSXnyRUS-UdDR5q3MnwqP
 
Description Industrial Strategy Council
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
Impact The Productivity Insights Network were invited to inform discussions in relation to the Industrial Strategy Council; this includes holding three subject matter roundtables on Places, Sectors and Skills held in April 2019. There have also been a number of follow up meetings as an outcome of this work. Including an informal meeting with Emily Rainsford BEIS in October 2019 in Sheffield and an upcoming Roundtable in December 2019.
 
Description Industrial Strategy Roundtable: Places (25 April 2019)
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
Impact PIN-IS Council round tables: In order to assist with the IS Council Foundations Insight Projects on Skills, Sectors and Places, PIN was pleased to host three half-day round table events which convened academic experts on each project's theme in turn. Taking place over 24th and 25th April 2019 in Sheffield and London, each round table resulted in in-depth discussion between academic thematic experts and relevant members of the IS Council Secretariat. This report aims to provide a useful summary of key points raised in the round table event on Places. Round table: Places Thursday 25th April, 14.00 - 17.00, Sheffield University Management School Attendees Industrial Strategy Council Secretariat and guests: Sarah Hodgetts, Anjulie Patel, Ben Jones, Dr Emily Rainsford, Dr Robert Zymek Productivity Insights Network and partners: Professor Philip McCann (Chair, University of Sheffield), Professor Iain Docherty (University of Stirling), Ben Gardiner (Cambridge Econometrics), Professor Ron Martin (University of Cambridge), Professor Raquel Ortega-Argilés (University of Birmingham), Professor Tony Venables (University of Oxford), Professor Tim Vorley (University of Sheffield), Professor Don Webber (Swansea University), Kate Penney (University of Sheffield).
 
Description Industrial Strategy Roundtable: Sectors (24 April 2019)
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
Impact PIN-IS Council round tables: In order to assist with the IS Council Foundations Insight Projects on Skills, Sectors and Places, PIN was pleased to host three half-day round table events which convened academic experts on each project's theme in turn. Taking place over 24th and 25th April 2019 in Sheffield and London, each round table resulted in in-depth discussion between academic thematic experts and relevant members of the IS Council Secretariat. This report aims to provide a useful summary of key themes raised in the round table event on 'Sectors'. Round table: 'Sectors' Wednesday 24th April, 15.30 - 18.00, London (BEIS Conference Centre, 1 Victoria Street) Attendees Industrial Strategy Council Secretariat and guests: Sarah Hodgetts, Anjulie Patel, Sam Cunnington and Hayley Lyons Productivity Insights Network and partners: Professor David Bailey (Aston University), Professor Richard Harris (Durham University), Professor Alan Hughes (Lancaster University), Professor Jill MacBryde (Strathclyde University), Professor Philip McCann (University of Sheffield), Professor Vania Sena (University of Essex), Professor Martin Spring (Lancaster University), Professor Tim Vorley (University of Sheffield).
 
Description Industrial Strategy Roundtable: Skills (25 April 2019)
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
Impact PIN-IS Council round tables: In order to assist with the IS Council Foundations Insight Projects on Skills, Sectors and Places, PIN was pleased to host three half-day round table events which convened academic experts on each project's theme in turn. Taking place over 24th and 25th April 2019 in Sheffield and London, each round table resulted in in-depth discussion between academic thematic experts and relevant members of the IS Council Secretariat. This report aims to provide a useful summary of key themes raised in the round table event on 'Skills'. Round table: 'Skills' Thursday 25th April, 10.00 - 13.00, Sheffield University Management School Attendees Industrial Strategy Council Secretariat and guests: Sarah Hodgetts, Anjulie Patel, Sam Cunnington and Hayley Lyons Productivity Insights Network and partners: Professor Tim Vorley (Chair, University of Sheffield), Professor Anne Green (University of Birmingham), Professor Andy Henley (Cardiff University), Dave Innes (Joseph Rowntree Foundation), Professor Philip McCann (University of Sheffield), Professor Leaza McSorley (University of Sunderland), Professor Maria Savona (Sussex University), Dr Tommaso Ciarli (Sussex University), Chris Woolliscroft (Cambridge Econometrics), Kate Penney (University of Sheffield)
 
Description Inquiry: Regional Imbalances in the UK Economy (July/August 2019)
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
Impact Scope of the inquiry The Treasury Committee has launched an inquiry into regional imbalances in the UK economy. There will be two strands to the inquiry. Firstly, the Committee will examine the nature of regional imbalances in economic growth which currently exist in the UK. Secondly, the Committee will establish what regional data is currently available in the UK, how it could be used more effectively in policy development, and whether there should be official regional economic forecasts produced. The Committee will accept written evidence until 2 August. Terms of Reference What are the most significant regional imbalances in the UK i.e. is it the imbalance between London/southeast and other regions; between towns and cities; or between urban and rural areas? How have these imbalances changed in the past decade (and potentially longer) and how are they likely to change in the future? How do imbalances present themselves in the UK, in terms of growth, wages, employment and other indicators? What are the main drawbacks of having significant regional imbalances? To what extent can regional imbalances explain the UK's poor productivity performance? What is the interaction between regional and income inequality? Is there greater inequality within regions or between regions? What light does new regional economic data being produced shed on regional imbalances? What lessons can be learnt from the success or otherwise of programs designed to promote regional economic growth so far? What are the future interventions that the UK should consider? How effective have regional bodies, for example combined authorities, cities, Local Enterprise Partnerships, been in promoting strong growth across all areas of the UK? To what extent can devolution of funding to regional bodies promote growth and reduce regional disparities? Regional economic data and forecasts How are national policy makers and policy makers at the local level (such as local authorities or local economic partnerships) currently using the available regional economic data to inform their policy decisions and could the application and use of regional economic data be improved? What is the quality of regional economic data such as economic growth/ income/public spending per capita/investment levels currently available in the UK and how does its quality and coverage differ from economic data available at the national level? Which regional economic data should the Government focus on e.g. is it GDP growth, or for regions, is unemployment data and other indicators that measure well-being more relevant? Should regional economic data currently produced by the ONS be given a higher profile e.g. should GVA growth be routinely published in documents such as the Government's Budget and Spring Statement and the OBR's Economic and Fiscal Outlook? The ONS produces regional statistics at different levels: regions/City regions/Combined local authorities/local authorities and sectors. How useful is it to produce statistics at all these levels? What are the main gaps in regional data for users? Should there be official regional economic forecasts produced for output growth and other economic indicators such as unemployment? What value would regional economic forecasts add to policy makers and how would they use them? What sort of forecasts would be the most useful? Are regional economic forecasts viable, given the quality of the regional output data at the moment? If regional economic forecasts are both useful and viable, who should be responsible for producing official regional economic forecasts and what level should they be produced? What would be the advantage of a government body producing official economic forecasts as opposed to private forecasters doing it? What can be learnt from other countries on the use of regional economic data and regional forecasts? How does devolution change the need for regional economic data? Please note that written evidence does not need to include responses to all the questions.
URL https://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/treasury-committee/inqui...
 
Description Inquiry: Stronger Towns Fund - Response for Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) (August/September 2019)
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
Impact Via Andrew Paterson (BEIS). Co-Investigators and the wider Network were asked to provide bullet-pointed response on what we do know and don't know from evidence and/or your own work around the main issues that the funding aims to address -what do we think there needs to be evidence of? - Definitions and data availability. What sources are available to analyse towns? - What are the economic functions of towns (e.g. mobility, sectors, demography, history)? - What global trends are affecting towns? - How can we best think about classifying and creating typologies of towns? Which types should we be most concerned about? - What works in improving town performance, how does this vary by type and other factors?
 
Description Katy Jones (MMU) at House Of Lords, 25 February 2020
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
Impact Early Career Researcher Dr Katy Jones from the Decent Work and Productivity Research Centre at Manchester Metropolitan University was awarded a PIN Small Project Fund in the second funding round. The research gathered insights from employers about the potential impact of (and their likely response to) the extension of conditionality to working Universal Credit claimants. Whilst only a small-scale pilot study, it highlights a number of important issues which policymakers in the Department for Work and Pensions should consider as their 'in-work offer' is developed. The research generated a lot of policy interest and Dr Jones has shared her findings providing oral evidence to House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee, Feb 2020 as well as providing written evidence to House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee, Feb 2020. based on the PIn Report; Jones, K., Berry, C., Rouse, J. and Whittle, R. (2019) Universal Credit and In-Work Conditionality - a productive turn? There was a lot of social media and media coverage of this activity.
URL https://productivityinsightsnetwork.co.uk/app/uploads/2019/10/Project-Report-Universal-Credit-Produc...
 
Description Katy Jones (Manchester Met) DWP Progression Evidence Workshop
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
Impact On Monday 15th July DWP hosted a workshop with leading experts from academia, 'think tanks' and voluntary sector representatives as well as officials from other government departments to discuss the evidence base on in-work progression. This is part of ongoing work to engage with the external research community to support the development of in-work services under Universal Credit. During the workshop, DWP posed a number of questions to attendees around what was known, and where evidence gaps remained, on: progression trends in the UK labour market; effective policy responses and interventions; and who was best placed to deliver in-work support. The discussion covered a broad range of policy areas and disciplines, but some clear messages emerged, including the need to know more about how to effectively engage, and scale good practice among, employers; the importance of understanding motivation, decision-making and life course trajectories for individuals and households; and the need to develop and support multi-agency delivery and to upskill Work Coaches in providing in-work support.
URL https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1XC1TSTRo4KqNIM849fC-5jxWdI8ShXGr
 
Description Open consultation: Business productivity review: call for evidence June 2018. The PIN core network were asked to complete a coordinated consultation request from BEIS in June 2018. An overview of the call is described below; Consultation description Raising productivity is one of the government's key priorities and core to the UK's Industrial Strategy.. It aims to: • improve our understanding of high and low productivity businesses, and the practices driving the performance of each • improve our understanding of the market in which interventions operate • explore which interventions by the public sector and private sector are effective in improving the practices that drive business productivity, including the ways in which information is communicated
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
 
Description PIN contribution to Dan Jarvis MP - Westminster Hall Debate
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
URL https://drive.google.com/file/d/1uWpBNn_o9IFllkWTOCsdbsdEYmS3uCx3/view?usp=sharing
 
Description PIN response to Data and Evidence request for the Industrial Strategy
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description PIN/PMc/TV acknolegement in UK Regional Productivity Differences: An Evidence Review Industrial Strategy Council. Research Paper. by Robert Zymek and Ben Jones (February 2020)
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
Impact Co-Directors Professors Philip McCann and Tim Vorley were acknowledged as contributors to the UK Regional Productivity Disparities report produced by the Industrial Strategy Council. The Productivity Insights Network was also acknowledged in the report for hosting roundtables in both Sheffield and at BEIS with leading academics from across the country. The report, written by Robert Zymek and Ben Jones provides a comprehensive review of the evidence on both the causes of regional disparities and the effectiveness of policies to address them. Philip McCann was also in a six-week correspondence with the authors and also ISC Councillor Dame Kate Barker, because Philip had realised that there were serious data problems in their draft documents. Philip spent six weeks carefully checking, reconstructing and re-calculating the data in order to ensure that the final report was correct and to identify the source of the problem, which turned out eventually to have been a software problem at Eurostat. The report also referred to the PIN Co-Investigator evidence reviews by Professor Leaza McSorley (Inequality, wellbeing and inclusive growth) and Professor Richard Harris (FDI, Capital and Investments). The research of Philip McCann PI, Ben Gardiner Co-I and Robert Inklaar, IAB member is also referenced in the report. For the full report: https://industrialstrategycouncil.org/uk-regional-productivity-differences-evidence-review.
URL https://industrialstrategycouncil.org/sites/default/files/attachments/UK%20Regional%20Productivity%2...
 
Description Professor Iain Docherty-Scottish Infrasture Commitee; The Infrastructure Commission will provide long-term strategic advice to the Scottish Government on national infrastructure priorities, based on evidence and learning from good practice, to align investment with long term inclusive economic growth and low carbon objectives. This will support the Scottish Government's delivery of the National Infrastructure Mission and the development of the next Infrastructure Investment Plan for the 5 years ahead, by providing advice on key strategic investments in Scotland to be made to boost economic growth and support public service.
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
URL https://news.gov.scot/news/infrastructure-commission-appointed
 
Description Professor Richard Harris; Member of the Tees Valley Combined Authority Local Industrial Strategy (LIS) Steering Group. It comprises the Economic Development managers of each of the LEPs local authorities, a member from BEIS, the head of RIS (Research and Innovation Services) at Durham University, a PVC from Teeside University, and RH. Monthy meetings since November 2018 and will do so until the autumn.Professor Harris, as a member of the PIN and Durham University, has completed a 150 page report for them mapping out a range of statistics, related to productivity, that can be used to underpin the LIS - none of which are in the public domain. All of this stemmed from the June 2018 launch of PIN in the North East that I undertook in Newcastle.
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description Tim Vorley at AMRC - "Economic impact, Productivity and the 2.4%" Roundtable event with UKRI, 26 February 2020.
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
Impact Professor Tim Vorley and the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) collaborated to deliver a roundtable on the increased investment in research announced by the Government. The Government has committed to 2.4% GDP to be spent on research and development (R&D) by 2027. Tim chaired the discussion that outlined how this key ambition linked to the Local Industrial Strategy and the impact that this could have for the productivity of businesses within the advanced manufacturing sector. Further info: UKRI Strategy team visit AMRC/Nuclear AMRC February 26 th 10.00 - 10.10: Arrival at Factory of the Future. Greeted by AMRC Executive Director; Research Director and Commercial Director. Sign-in/badges/upstairs to main board room. 10.15 - 10:45 Brief overview of AMRC by Matt Farnsworth and Ben Morgan. 10.50 - 12.00 Machine room and composites shop-floor work and talk (15 mins at each stop): o Full Monty: Matt, Jon Stammers and Rab Scott ( video for pre-brief pack to UKRI). o Ceramic Matrix Composites Machining: Matt and Jamie McGourlay Rolls-Royce. o Digital propulsion: Elaine Arnold o Recycled composites: Ahmed Saadi Leave Factory of the Future and walk to Nuclear AMRC 12.15 - 12.30 Welcome from NAMRC Andy Storer and then balcony intro to the centre and key people ( Jay Shaw, Steve Jones) before working lunch. 12.30 - 1.30 Roundtable: Clean environment and sustainable growth (Net Zero) led by CEO Andy Storer - focus on nuclear energy; Richard Jones, aviation (Ben Morgan); electrification (Geraint Jewel); Rob Hewison/Clara Frias (lightweighting); Dave Latimer (Magnomatics); Andy Bell (circular economy), Steve Foxley, Martin Mayfield (Civil Engineering). [Jo Byron has booked the room and will help coordinate light working lunch] 1.30 - 2. 00 Leave nuclear for a trip round the 'industrial commons'/ innovation cluster on the AMP. Stop at the McLaren facility for 30 minute presentation and briefing with Luca Viadana. [Two mini buses for UKRI guests along with AMRC/UoS guides on-board] 2.10 - 2.15: Welcome to Factory 2050 by Dave Petley, Chris Greaves and Gemma Cowley 2.15 - 3.00 Shop floor walk and talk: o Artificial intelligence for resource efficiency: Kieran, Ryan, Vikki and Narcisa Pinzariu. o Modern Methods of Construction: James, Ryan and LoR. Chris Greaves in attendance. o Electric machines - Lloyd, Mateo, Ben Kitcher (Ben has specific ask of UKRI) o Martin Mayfield - Urban Flows 3.00 - 3.20 Return to Factory of the Future 3.20 - 4.30 Roundtable Economic impact, productivity and 2.4% Discussion led by Richard Jones - SCR CEO Dave Smith; Tim Vorley; Dave Petley; Steve Foxley; Richard Scaife; Luca Viadana; Jamie Hinton; Richard Wright 4.30 Leave AMRC - arrange taxis to take UKRI team to station Who is coming? From an initial proposal for Will Lord to lead a 10-strong UKRI strategy team visit to the AMRC/Nuclear AMRC, this has morphed into a proposal for some 21 members of the team to come up to Sheffield. This team includes three Deputy Directors. Kathy Magnay leads on cross research council funding; Ben Pledger has a key role in budget setting, investment and financials. He is also leading on a review of Catapults to see how they can help 'level up' the UK economy. Will Lord Strategy Coordination ISCF Samiha Chowdury Strategy, Balance and Narrative Parliamentary Questions and Briefing Hub Helen Cross Strategy Coordination Strategy Coordination David Rogers Investment Strategy Deputy Director, Investment Strategy Kathryn Magnay  EPSRC Deputy Director, Cross-Council Programmes  Freddie Jones Strategy Coordination Place & Commercialisation Caroline Batchelor Council Business Partnering Strategy Business Partner (NERC) Jade Ouimet-Fortin  Research Culture EDI Jean Brown Analysis Appraisal and Evaluation Edward Neave  Council Business Partnering Strategy Business Partner (IUK) Roxy Squire Comms and Engagement Parliamentary Affairs Lead Richard Tibenham External Comms PJ Taylor External Comms Will Broad Strategy Coordination Commercialisation Jonathan Dorrian Strategy, Balance and Narrative Stakeholder Engagement Ben Pledger  UKRI Sponsorship (BEIS) Deputy Director, UKRI Sponsorship (BEIS) Bairbre Kelly  Place Strategy (BEIS) Place Strategy (BEIS) Adam Crook Industrial Strategy Place Strategy (BEIS) Ishanee Roy Innovation Policy (BEIS) ISCF What they are interested in? Will's group is on a fact/ideas finding mission to help UKRI shape their proposals for the March Budget, and, more importantly, the longer term investment strategy that will form part of a soon-to-be announced Spending Review. They are expressly interested in two related themes (the two bullet points are their words): 1. Economic Impact: 'Understanding how to maximise the impact of science, research and innovation on productivity and growth. This could include the impact AMRC's work has both on businesses through developing new technologies and the wider Sheffield city-region (Dave Smith's insight would be useful there)'. 2. Net Zero: 'The commitment to bring all greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050 is an increasingly big priority for UKRI. It would be great to see the great work businesses and researchers are doing at AMRC around clean energy, sustainable manufacturing etc. thatcould contribute to that'. Who are they are they and what influence do they have? Will reports directly to the Executive Director of Strategy, Isobel Stephen, who has expressed great interest in her team coming to see us. Isobel reports to Sir Mark Walport. https://bit.ly/2SnNc9a It should be noted that, before joining UKRI, she was Housing Director at HCLG and the Department's overall lead on housing strategy including the delivery of a number of multi billion pound market side housing supply programmes, including Help to Buy Equity Loan; the Home Building Fund and the housing guarantees schemes. For those of us interested in MMC, she was at a meeting last year with Laing O'Rourke headlined -- Housing market at offsite 'tipping point', says London housing boss. https://bit.ly/3bF8g2G 3 This is the team's first big visit and it's significant they have chosen us. Since Will's visit last year, he says the profile of, and interest in the AMRC, has grown significantly in Whitehall. Ben Pledger is Deputy Director local growth investment at BEIS. Linkedin profile found here: https://bit.ly/39Oaf2T. Understand his team also reviewing Catapult to see how they can 'level up' the economy using R&D spend as per Richard Jones's work in this area. Ben studied Maths at Lancaster University. Graduated in 2002. Entered civil service and became Private Secretary to Lord Heseltine. Was involved in the No stone unturned report https://bit.ly/2SXKO7V which is interesting in the light of current concentration of power in the hands of the PM, with striking parallels about a number ten led quest for growth. No surprise that Hezza turned up recently in the FT https://on.ft.com/32gHyZX. The former Deputy PM wrote: 'Word has reached me that Boris Johnson, the prime minister, has described himself as a "Brexity Hezza". Ben sits in the team under Simon Ridley, the DG for Decentralisation and Growth - so this has responsibility for Devo Deals and Mayors ( DD Mike Wiltshire leads on this). Kathy Magnay Deputy Director at EPSR. She works primarily on cross-council interfaces with oversight of EPSRC's Infrastructure and Connected Nation delivery plan priorities. Kathryn has a particular focus on Artificial Intelligence, working across UKRI and with external stakeholders to develop an AI research strategy. She has also worked closely with Jacqui Murray, a friend of the AMRC, on the Faraday Challenge and batteries. They were co-interim directors of Faraday. https://bit.ly/2SWeRgh. She was for a while Head of Energy and EPSRC. Her report EPSRC - Research Funding Landscape, can be found here: https://www.nuclearuniversities.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/PDFs/2016Presentations/NADM2016_Magnay_EPSRC.pdf Strong focus on fusion. David Rogers Deputy Director Investment Strategy UKRI. Until recently David worked in the private sector as Director of Policy at Deloitte. Investment Committee provides expertise, advice and assurance on major investment decisions, including assessment of business cases and the oversight of the portfolio of major projects across the organisation, chaired by the Chief Finance Officer.Before that David he was as a senior official in the BIS, where he advised Ministers on a range of policy areas, including financial services, business finance, tax, business investment and economic growth. He trained as an economist, before joining HM Treasury over a decade ago, later moving to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. David also has experience of the business world, as a Director of a small manufacturing business in the East of England where he was responsible for sales, exports and business development. For those who want to understand what UKRI does this Royal Society paper is good. https://bit.ly/3bPYpqM
URL https://twitter.com/timvorley/status/1232691414053670912?s=20
 
Title Dataset relating to the ESRC-funded Productivity Insights Network project: "Exploring the productivity narrative in manufacturing organisations" 
Description The dataset consists of 40 transcripts from face-to-face and telephone interviews undertaken with a range of employees across the organisational hierarchy in 19 manufacturing companies based in the UK. The data is commercially sensitive and is restricted to backend access. The data were generated as part of an ESRC-funded project: 'Exploring the productivity narrative in manufacturing organisations". The aim of the project was to understand how productivity was understood at different levels within the firm. The project was undertaken between September 2018 and July 2019 and funded as a Pioneer Project by the UK's Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) through the Productivity Insights Network Programme (Reference ES/R007810/1). The University of Strathclyde led the project, collaborating with co-investigators from the Universities of Aston, Bristol and York 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2019 
Provided To Others? Yes  
 
Description Doncaster Manufacturing Forum Event, 16 January 2020 
Organisation Doncaster Council
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Doncaster Engineering and Manufacturing Forum: Green Growth and Productivity (16.01.20) at Doncaster Rail College. The forum provided a key opportunity to engage with key businesses and SMEs in the Sheffield/Doncaster area with a keynote from Ed Milliband MP, Chair of the Doncaster Local Commission on Climate Change. PIN and Doncaster Council we key in liaising with the relevant speakers, guests and local business, and VIPs for the event. With thanks to Mark Lorraine, Andy Pattinson adn Phil Wallace in particular. 08.00 - 08.30 Coffee & Networking, 08.30 - 08.35 Welcome - The Mayor of Doncaster (Mark Loraine will MC - i.e. introduce each speaker. The Mayor will open the event - welcoming delegates, outlining how this is a key challenge of our times in which businesses play a key role, 08.35 - 08.50 Context Setting - Damian Allen, Short overview of the emerging Doncaster approach to green growth and sustainability. Outline the climate change challenge, clean growth agenda, the sustainable development goals, opportunities and challenges here for Doncaster. Green growth as a means to closing the productivity gap. 08.50 - 09.10 The Productivity Gap - Philip McCann, Introduce the network, outline the productivity issue and the national and regional context. Link into issues of sustainability and green growth - why this has been a consistently raised issue, 09.10 - 10.10 Panel 1: Realities of Green Business Growth - Chair: Alice Owen - Chris Saunders (ENGIE) - Andy Gouldson (University of Leeds) - Damian Allen (Doncaster Council) - SME representative (TBC), Alice Owen to provide context in introduction and smooth transition into Panel 1, i.e. we have aneed to reconcile economic growth with green growth - there is a role for productivity here. Each panelist speaks for 5 - 8 mins on the issues provided in briefing note. Followed by audience Q&A.10.10 - 10.30 Coffee Break 10.30 - 10.50 Key Note Speech: Responding to Climate Change and Ed Miliband MP, Chair of the Doncaster Local Commission on Climate Change - How Doncaster is rising to the climate change emergency. The opportunities for jobs, the opportunities for businesses & Biodiversity Crisis TBC businesses and for improving overall quality of life.10.50 - 11.50 Panel 2: Support available to businesses, Chair: Tim Vorley, - Lynn McGregor (Made Smarter), - Dan Hodges (Innovate UK), - Ben Morley (SCR), - Andy Hibbitt (Doncaster Chamber), Tim Vorley to provide context in introduction and connection to rest of event, and will wrap this section up. Opportunities available to business in the clean growth arena. What's coming up? Where could Doncaster be well placed? What part do skills play in this? 11.50 - 12.00 Closing comments - Damian Allen. Call to action based on a summary of what's been heard. Reiterate the challenge and opportunities we face in the UK. Reiterate the quick wins on sustainable practices. Reiterate the message on upcoming opportunities. Outline the support that is available to businesses and how to access it. Provide details of upcoming events - forum to continue to be an important point of shared ideas and support.
Collaborator Contribution As above, the collaboration was shared between PIN and Doncaster council.
Impact Colleagues made various contacts and engagements at the event, follow-up activity planned and attendance at the upcoming PIN2020 conference from attendees. Key Businesses reported a change in knowledge/behaviour following the event and some key media coverage from Ed Milliband MP involvement occurred gaining more traction for the Network.
Start Year 2019
 
Description ESRC Workshop: TRANSFORMING PRODUCTIVITY RESEARCH Project Development Workshop 05-06 February 2019, Edgbaston Cricket Ground, Birmingham 
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution As below
Collaborator Contribution .TRANSFORMING PRODUCTIVITY RESEARCH Project Development Workshop 05-06 February 2019, Edgbaston Cricket Ground, Birmingham CALL FOR APPLICATIONS Open to: researchers from ESRC managed investments Closing date for applications: Thursday 13 December 2018 (16.00) Introduction ESRC will be holding a 2 day workshop in early 2019 for researchers from ESRC managed investments to develop proposals for innovative productivity research. The workshop will be managed by the ESRC and facilitated independently. Participants will have the costs of the workshop itself met by the ESRC and will be able to claim travel, subsistence and other participation costs in line with UKRI policy. Participants will be eligible to apply for ring fenced ESRC funding after the workshop, subject to meeting a quality threshold. Addendum added 03 December: ESRC anticipates investing up to £2.2 million (RC contribution) in projects that arise from the workshop. Projects will have an earliest start date of 01 July 2019 and a latest start date of 01 October 2019. Projects are anticipated to have a duration between 12 and 18 months. Applications to join the workshop will be assessed by a panel, a subset of which will act as mentors to participants at the workshop itself. The workshop is organised around a set of productivity challenges. These are issues that have been identified in the academic literature and through stakeholder consultation that if tackled successfully, could lead to a substantial improvement in the UK's productivity record. The challenges selected for the workshop are as follows: • Understanding and improving innovation diffusion, particularly in and across supply chains, between small businesses and organisations with limited resources, • Understanding and improving regional and local productivities, • Creating and strengthening institutions that work for productivity. Applicants should be able to demonstrate an interest in one or more of these areas. Benefits of taking part in the workshop • Network and form collaborations with researchers outside your domain and across organisations, • Form collaborative teams and generate project ideas, • Receive guidance on developing strong proposals, • Potentially gain access to ESRC funding specifically allocated for this area of research with short turn around decision making process. Equality, diversity and inclusion ESRC actively encourages applications for this workshop from researchers representing the breadth of the social sciences. In addition, we would like to encourage applications from researchers at different career stages including appointees on fixed term and partial contracts. The workshop has been designed to require the minimum time necessary i.e. two days, to enable sufficient idea generation and collaboration to take place. Facilitation expertise will be on hand to ensure all participants are able to contribute as fully as possible during the workshop. We will consider requests for support and adjustments from any researcher who consider these would assist their participation in the workshop. Please use the email address productivity@esrc.ac.uk to seek guidance. Workshop details (indicative) The workshop will last two days, from 10am until 5.00pm on Day 1 (05 Feb) and from 9.30am until 4.30pm on Day 2 (06 Feb). There will be a dinner and evening activities after Day 1 which are optional. The event is likely to follow the following format: Pre event: Sharing of biographies Day 1: Clarify and Create Welcome breakfast before 10am, optional Getting to know each other: skills, experiences and interests Invited stakeholders present the issues underpinning the challenges Mapping the problem Idea formation for addressing the challenges through scholarly research Smaller group formation begins, self selection process First sharing of ideas for research proposals Wrap up of Day 1 (ends at 5.00pm) Dinner and evening activities, both optional Day 2: Develop and Review Small groups refine and test their ideas - mentor feedback Short sharp pitches mid morning to garner feedback - whole group Further refining and testing Resources requirements first stab: who, how much, how, when Pitches of proposals to invited panel (mentors involved) Panel meeting to discuss which should be invited to submit full proposals Feedback and invitation to apply for project funding (ends 4.30pm) Post event: Submit full proposals (if invited) - end of March 2019. Decisions due to be made early May 2019. Earliest award start dates 01 July, latest start dates 01 October 2019. Who is eligible? Applicants should be researchers with an affiliation (e.g. as Principal Investigator, Co-Investigator, researcher on contract, inward secondee from a non academic partner) with an ESRC managed investment listed in the Annex. This eligibility criteria is being applied to enable researchers from existing investments to collaborate actively with each other, which complements other capacity building activity that is underway. Researchers at early and mid career stage are especially welcome to apply. If you have any queries about eligibility, you are strongly advised to contact ESRC via productivity@esrc.ukri.org before applying. Application process and assessment Applications should be submitted electronically via the link here by no later 4pm, Thursday 13 December 2018. Please ensure that you attach: • an up to date CV, • copy of an email confirming that you have the support of your line manager or research leader (e.g. principal investigator) to apply for this workshop. As well as your academic track record, we will be seeking evidence of your ability to collaborate and develop proposals with other participants from a diversity of backgrounds. In addition, the strength of your interest in the area of productivity research will be taken into account when allocating places. We intend to inform applicants of their selection for the workshop around 07 January 2019. Annex 1: Background to the workshop challenges These have been informed by an analysis of our current portfolio of productivity research, the evidence reviews being developed by the Productivity Insights Network and stakeholder input: • Understanding and improving innovation diffusion, particularly in and across supply chains, between small businesses and organisations with limited resources: https://productivityinsightsnetwork.co.uk/app/uploads/2018/07/Productivity-Perspectives-Synthesis-updated-03.07.18-1.pdf, page 18 for a synopsis of the major gaps in the research base on the interplay between innovation, knowledge and technology with productivity. • Understanding and improving regional and local productivities: https://productivityinsightsnetwork.co.uk/app/uploads/2018/07/Productivity-Perspectives-Synthesis-updated-03.07.18-1.pdf, page 22 for a synopsis of the major gaps in the research base on regional and city productivities. • Creating and strengthening institutions that work for productivity: https://productivityinsightsnetwork.co.uk/app/uploads/2018/07/Productivity-Perspectives-Synthesis-updated-03.07.18-1.pdf, page 23 for a synopsis of the major gaps in the research base on the role of governance, institutions and organisations in addressing productivity challenges. Annex 2: Eligible ESRC investments (PIs, Co-Is, researchers employed with) (V2) Investment Research Organisation Principal Investigator Business and local government centre data research centre (BLG) Essex Professor Maria Fasli Centre for Economic Performance (CEP) London School of Economics Professor Stephen Machin Centre for Macroeconomics London School of Economics/UCL Professor Wouter Den Haan Centre for Research on Learning and Life Chances (LLAKES) UCL Professor Andy Green Centre for the microeconomic analysis of public policy (CPP) London School of Economics Professor Richard Blundell Centre for the Evaluation of Complexity Across the Nexus (CECAN) Surrey Professor Nigel Gilbert Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP) Surrey Professor Tim Jackson Centre on Micro-Social Change (MISOC) Essex Professor Mike Brewer Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy (CAGE) Warwick Professor Nicholas Crafts Consumer Data Research Centre Leeds/UCL Professor Paul Longley Credit and Labour Market Foundations of the Macroeconomy (MacCaLM) Edinburgh Professor John Moore Enterprise Research Centre (ERC) Warwick Professor Stephen Roper From productivity to prosperity: inclusive growth in the W Mids research grant Warwick Professor Nigel Driffield National Centre for Research Methods Southampton Professor Patrick Sturgis Productivity Insights Network (PIN) Sheffield Professor Philip McCann Rebuilding macroeconomics network NIESR Dr Angus Armstrong The UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE) Glasgow Professor Ken Gibb Understanding Society Essex Professor Michaela Benzeval Urban Big Data Centre Glasgow Professor Nick Bailey Wales Centre for Public Policy Cardiff Professor Steve Martin Wales Institute of Social & Economic Research, Data & Methods (WISERD) Cardiff Professor Ian Rees Jones What Works Local Economic Growth London School of Economics Professor Henry Overman
Impact .
Start Year 2019
 
Description Jyldz Djumalieva/Stef Garasto: Workshop on Skills Mismatch - PPF Outcome - Nesta (13 June 2019) 
Organisation Nesta
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Measuring Regional Skill Mismatch and Access to Jobs-Nesta Workshops x2 Nesta has delivered 2 workshops to date as a follow up to the Pioneer funding that they received in Round one of the Productivity Projects funding. Workshop 1 on 13 June Embankment, London The following discussion was with a range of education and skills specialists Roundtable Discussion - led by Jen Rae. - How could you use these research findings in your work on skills, jobs and careers? - What further questions do these results raise? - Looking beyond data, what other factors are preventing you from addressing regional skill shortages? Workshop 2 on 17 July at PIN and RSAI day Shared the research findings with academics from a range of disciplines with an interest in productivity. Overview of the Nesta funded research - The project is being funded by PIN and is in collaboration with the West Midlands Combined Authority. - Skill mismatches are costly and can significantly hamper growth. - Nesta is developing an alternative approach to measuring regional skill mismatches. Research aims - Develop an alternative methodology for measuring skill mismatches to present an alternative picture to the one provided by surveys - Combine official labour market statistics with data on skill demands extracted from online job adverts to generate a comprehensive analysis of skill mismatch. - Enable granular analysis by geographic location and skill category. - Capture the impact of transport infrastructure on skill mismatch by measuring access to jobs in regions. Measures of skill mismatch - Composition of skill demands in online job adverts by skill category*. - Composition of skills supply by skill category. - Mismatch between supply and demand across skill categories. - Diversity of skills supply. Key insights - Composition of skill demand and supply varies noticeably across TTWAs. - There are large differences between the skill mismatches in the largest cities and those that persist in the rest of Great Britain. - Larger and more urban areas demonstrate a greater diversity of skill supply. We produced: - A novel methodology for measuring skill mismatches at a regional level using naturally occurring big data. - A range of measures for estimating access to jobs in a region, based on highly granular transport data We showed that: - There are large differences between the skill mismatches in the largest cities and those that persist in the rest of Great Britain. - Larger and more urban areas have greater diversity in the skills supplied by workers. - On its own, distance travelled to work may be a poor proxy for job accessibility in a region. Directions for future research: - Move from relative indicators of skill demand and supply to absolute indicators, enabling skills shortages to be measured in vacancies. - Link skills to qualifications which would allow mismatch indicators to be converted into recommendations on course provision. - Compare regional skill mismatches to the accessibility of jobs across regions.
Collaborator Contribution as above
Impact .
Start Year 2019
 
Description Karina Nielsen at Boyes Turner LLP Conference re. HR/Legal Support (17 October 2019) 
Organisation Affinity Health at Work
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Following interest from Emma O'Connor, after she saw the work completed as part of Karina Nielsen, Jo Yarker and Hannah Evans' Pioneer Project, Emma requested PIN to co-lab with an upcoming conference in the HR/Legal Sector. Karina has therefore agreed to speak at Emma's upcoming in October 2019.
Collaborator Contribution Emma approached the network after seeing work completed from the PPF Round 1 and was keen to collaborate based on the 'Thriving at Work' project (https://productivityinsightsnetwork.co.uk/2019/07/thrivingatwork/) Emma is organising the full conference which has a number of additional speakers in related aspects of productivity and wellbeing which will provide great connection for the PIN Network and its members.
Impact Upcoming event in October 2019
Start Year 2019
 
Description Meanings of Productivity Collaboration with ERC 
Organisation Enterprise Research Centre
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Making sense of productivity research across sectors and scales Tuesday 1st October 2019, 13.00 - 15.00 WBS @ The Shard - London In collaboration with the Enterprise Research Centre (ERC) PIN delivered a session at the Shard, London, on Meanings of Productivity. Conversations with partners from different sectors has highlighted an inconsistency in how productivity is understood. A universal definition of productivity is not easily applicable in practice due to its varied interpretation across sectors and scales. Measures of productivity can become confused making it difficult to gain an accurate picture about the impact on individuals, firms, sectors, supply chains and regions. This session was jointly hosted by the Productivity Insights Network (PIN) and the Enterprise Research Centre (ERC) to explore the different approaches and insights of productivity research on regions, sectors, supply-chains, firms and individuals. Through interdisciplinary conversations between researchers, civil servants, UKRI and business representatives, participants will help to develop an understanding of different perspectives on productivity. Contributors; Professor Philip McCann, Dr Vicki Belt, Professor Nigel Driffield, Professor Stephen Roper, Dr Temitope Akinremi, Dr Katy Jones, Professor Tim Vorley
Collaborator Contribution as above, an event was held on 1 October 2019, however, the partnership and "meanings of productivity" is hoped to continue as an ongoing series throughout 2020. More detail to follow.
Impact An ongoing series on "Meanings of Productivity" throughout 2020.
Start Year 2019
 
Description PIN Open Call for Round 3 Funded Projects 
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution The Open Call for Round 3 Applications ran from early December until 31 January 2020 and was to address some gaps identified by the International Advisory Board as topics that the Network should address that may not have yet had much or any research in that area. This call included new themes which were identified in the 4th Annual IAB meeting on 28 November 2019 and included: Skills, education and labour markets, Work and employment, FDI, capital and investment markets, Health, well-being, ageing and demographic change, Technology, innovation, competitiveness and enterprise, Organisations, institutions and governance, Land use, transport and infrastructure, Sustainability, Impact of market failures on productivity, Productivity in the peripheral (including rural), Impact of institutions on productivity, Drivers of short term and long term productivity, and other.
Collaborator Contribution As above.
Impact The network was successful in funding in each of the newly identified themes for the fianl open call round of funding. Responsive or Targeted funded can still be ade available to relevant research.
Start Year 2020
 
Description Pioneer Project - Aston 
Organisation Aston University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Promote, administrate and evaluate the application process.
Collaborator Contribution Project Lead/s: Dr Soumyadeb Chowdhury Organisation: Aston University Project Theme: Health, well-being, ageing and demographic change Project Overview: The project will contribute to shaping the narrative of productivity debate in the following ways: (1) understanding the impact of mental health on business performance and providing evidence for business cases; (2) key influences that drive, hold back and enable the SMEs implementing management practices to improve workplace MH; (3) needs of SMEs - both in terms of capability and capacity building.
Impact Not complete yet
Start Year 2019
 
Description Pioneer Project - Edinburgh 
Organisation University of Edinburgh
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Promote, administrate and evaluate the application process.
Collaborator Contribution Project Lead/s: Dr Alessandro Rosiello Organisation: University of Edinburgh Project Theme: Technology, Innovation, Competition, Enterprise Project Overview:This project will tackle gaps in research by conducting primary firm-level research that advances understandings of how scale-ups finance, internationalise, use support, and learn to manage their growth. Building on our interdisciplinary research team and policy expertise, we also meet PIN objectives through an active engagement process (reports, consultations, workshops) with policy-makers and growing businesses in the four periphery areas.
Impact Not complete yet
Start Year 2019
 
Description Pioneer Project - Glasgow Caledonian 
Organisation Glasgow Caledonian University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Promote, administrate and evaluate the application process
Collaborator Contribution Project Lead/s: Professor Sara Cantillon Organisation: Glasgow Caledonian Uni Project Theme: Work and Employment Project Overview: This project aims to combine i) a critical review of the literature on the pay-productivity conundrum ii) an empirical analysis of the decoupling in the UK economy over the period 1970-2018, iii) an interdisciplinary evaluation of the findings, with a particular focus on policy orientation and labour market outcomes, and iv) a detailed case study of Scotland.
Impact Not complete yet.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Pioneer Project - Warwick 
Organisation University of Warwick
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Promote, administrate and evaluate the application process.
Collaborator Contribution Project Lead/s: Dr Emma Duchini Organisation: University of Warwick Project Theme: Work and Employment & Technology, Innovation, Competitiveness and Enterprise Project Overview: To what extent does the gender pay gap influence firm productivity? Can policies designed to reduce this gap have an impact on firm performance? This project will give three important cross-disciplinary contributions. First, it will add to the growing number of studies from the economic and management literature analysing the impact of pay transparency policies on personnel management decisions and gender pay and promotion gaps. While the authors find that this measure is effective at augmenting women's promotion rate and narrowing gender pay differentials, it is unclear whether these results can extend to less egalitarian countries. This project will address this question by considering the UK setting and studying the impact of the 2017 pay transparency policy.
Impact Not complete yet
Start Year 2019
 
Description Pioneer Small Project 
Organisation University of York
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Promote, administrate and evaluate the application process
Collaborator Contribution Professor Jillian MacBryde (University of Strathlyde) will lead a project entitled "Productivity - what do UK manufacturers really think?"
Impact Not complete yet
Start Year 2019
 
Description Productivity Funding Open Call Round 2 
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution An Open Call for the second round 2 closed in May 2019 and called for a number of collaborations to be established with various organisations.
Collaborator Contribution The research funded by the second open call will help to address various aspects of the productivity puzzle.
Impact Following the open call for round 2 applications, an area of need/a gap was identified which the Network addressed with a responsive fund to a specific project tackling an identified aspect of research.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Professor Matthew Gorton, Rural Enterprise UK, Newcastle University (27 March 2019) 
Organisation Newcastle University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Due to the funding provided by the Network, a small project was completed on special variations in SME productivity, prepared by Professor Matthew Gorton, Dr Pattanapong Tiwasing, Prof Jeremy Phillipson, Dr Sara Maioli and Dr Robert Newbery, all from Newcastle University. Following the publishing of the report in January 2019, Matthew Gordon presented on the findings within the project and its related research.
Collaborator Contribution Professor Matthew Gorton at Rural Enterprise UK, Newcastle University, presented the data from the Small Project fund that he received from PIN in the first round of PIN funding. He presented the findings at the UK Industrial Strategy: Progressing Rural Contributions conference to over 50 academics, policy makers, rural businesses and Charites. The focus of the input was: Localising the Industrial Strategy: Rural opportunities and Drivers of rural business productivity - evidence and reflections.
Impact Following the event, another session was planned in September 2019. This event was to follow on from the topics discussed and was to take place in London. The impact of which would have been to broaden the discussion by opening up to a wider audience. To date, the Network has not attended the event and cannot confirm if this went ahead in September but will be following up with Professor Gordon and the team on their work and the outcomes of their research.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Responsive Small Project:Mapping the Cognitive Landscape of Productivity in Northern Ireland: A Systems Approach to Understanding Productivity Policy 
Organisation Department for the Economy, Northern Ireland
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Following the Round 2 funding call, a need was identified and a 'responsive' project therefore funded.
Collaborator Contribution This project will focus on: "Mapping the Cognitive Landscape of Productivity in Northern Ireland: A Systems Approach to Understanding Productivity Policy". Lead ny Jen Nelles. Like the rest of the UK, Northern Ireland has experienced weak productivity growth since the 2008 Financial Crisis despite broader economic recovery. Consequently, boosting productivity has been a central goal of contemporary economic policy even to the extent that both UK and Northern Ireland industrial strategies have been described as productivity policies. Yet evidence shows that decades of Government productivity policies have not (yet?) resulted in predictable or positive impacts on productivity performance. We argue that developing policies to effectively influence productivity outcomes requires the kind of broad and multidimensional approaches advocated by both industrial strategies. However, we suggest that an institutional bias towards thinking in terms of policy silos has prevented policy makers from identifying and acting upon opportunities for joined-up policy design and governance. Instead, we argue that the productivity puzzle may be more effectively addressed by conceptualising using a systems approach in which the economy, and policy space, is conceptualised as a system whose functioning, interactions, and interdependencies should be understood as a whole as part of the policy process. This project is an exploratory attempt to apply a systems perspective in the context of Northern Ireland productivity policy to generate a map of how policy makers perceive the economic system. Through this process, we highlight gaps, biases, and potential opportunities for developing a more refined model of the system to underpin future policy interventions.
Impact Following the initial funding of the project there has been an event in NI and also a webinar with CECAN to support the activity.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Responsive Small Project:Mapping the Cognitive Landscape of Productivity in Northern Ireland: A Systems Approach to Understanding Productivity Policy 
Organisation University of Sheffield
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Following the Round 2 funding call, a need was identified and a 'responsive' project therefore funded.
Collaborator Contribution This project will focus on: "Mapping the Cognitive Landscape of Productivity in Northern Ireland: A Systems Approach to Understanding Productivity Policy". Lead ny Jen Nelles. Like the rest of the UK, Northern Ireland has experienced weak productivity growth since the 2008 Financial Crisis despite broader economic recovery. Consequently, boosting productivity has been a central goal of contemporary economic policy even to the extent that both UK and Northern Ireland industrial strategies have been described as productivity policies. Yet evidence shows that decades of Government productivity policies have not (yet?) resulted in predictable or positive impacts on productivity performance. We argue that developing policies to effectively influence productivity outcomes requires the kind of broad and multidimensional approaches advocated by both industrial strategies. However, we suggest that an institutional bias towards thinking in terms of policy silos has prevented policy makers from identifying and acting upon opportunities for joined-up policy design and governance. Instead, we argue that the productivity puzzle may be more effectively addressed by conceptualising using a systems approach in which the economy, and policy space, is conceptualised as a system whose functioning, interactions, and interdependencies should be understood as a whole as part of the policy process. This project is an exploratory attempt to apply a systems perspective in the context of Northern Ireland productivity policy to generate a map of how policy makers perceive the economic system. Through this process, we highlight gaps, biases, and potential opportunities for developing a more refined model of the system to underpin future policy interventions.
Impact Following the initial funding of the project there has been an event in NI and also a webinar with CECAN to support the activity.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Round 3 Funded Projects (Pioneer and Small) 
Organisation Cambridge Econometrics
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Following the final Open Call for funding application a number of projects have been sucessfully funded.
Collaborator Contribution University of Leeds, Sustainable and Productive?! Helping Manufacturing SMEs to Manage Multiple Goals - Pioneer University of Sheffield*, Using Shocks to Construct New Perspectives on Productivity: Designing Systems Dynamic Model(s) of Productivity in Northern Ireland - Pioneer University of Sheffield*, Rethinking Capital Allocation in a Context of Financialization: Producing and Index of High Productivity/Low Financial Engineering Firms - Pioneer University of Strathclyde, Drivers and Productivity Impacts on Underemployment-Insights on labour Market Effects and Employers' Decision-Making in Contrasting Local Labour Markets - Pioneer University of Leeds, Access to Finance and Productivity Enhancing Investments in the UK: Does the Source of Finance Matter? -Pioneer Strategic Capability Ltd, Relating Productivity to Organisational Context: Meaning, Measures and Maximising Through Workforce Engagement -SPF Cambridge Econometrics, A Microscale Approach to Understanding Spatial Productivity Patterns in the UK - SPF Centre for Tendering, How Can Enterprise Ecosystems Enhance SME Capability to tender for Public Sector Contracts? - SPF The University of Sheffield, Quantifying Agglomeration Productivity Potential in Long-Term Infrastructure Planning - SPF Manchester Metropolitan University, Cashlessness: A Productivity Paradox - SPF
Impact The projects will be complete in June and September 2020 and the outcomes and impact from these will be realised and reported on in due course.
Start Year 2020
 
Description Round 3 Funded Projects (Pioneer and Small) 
Organisation Manchester Metropolitan University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Following the final Open Call for funding application a number of projects have been sucessfully funded.
Collaborator Contribution University of Leeds, Sustainable and Productive?! Helping Manufacturing SMEs to Manage Multiple Goals - Pioneer University of Sheffield*, Using Shocks to Construct New Perspectives on Productivity: Designing Systems Dynamic Model(s) of Productivity in Northern Ireland - Pioneer University of Sheffield*, Rethinking Capital Allocation in a Context of Financialization: Producing and Index of High Productivity/Low Financial Engineering Firms - Pioneer University of Strathclyde, Drivers and Productivity Impacts on Underemployment-Insights on labour Market Effects and Employers' Decision-Making in Contrasting Local Labour Markets - Pioneer University of Leeds, Access to Finance and Productivity Enhancing Investments in the UK: Does the Source of Finance Matter? -Pioneer Strategic Capability Ltd, Relating Productivity to Organisational Context: Meaning, Measures and Maximising Through Workforce Engagement -SPF Cambridge Econometrics, A Microscale Approach to Understanding Spatial Productivity Patterns in the UK - SPF Centre for Tendering, How Can Enterprise Ecosystems Enhance SME Capability to tender for Public Sector Contracts? - SPF The University of Sheffield, Quantifying Agglomeration Productivity Potential in Long-Term Infrastructure Planning - SPF Manchester Metropolitan University, Cashlessness: A Productivity Paradox - SPF
Impact The projects will be complete in June and September 2020 and the outcomes and impact from these will be realised and reported on in due course.
Start Year 2020
 
Description Round 3 Funded Projects (Pioneer and Small) 
Organisation University of Leeds
Department School of Business
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Following the final Open Call for funding application a number of projects have been sucessfully funded.
Collaborator Contribution University of Leeds, Sustainable and Productive?! Helping Manufacturing SMEs to Manage Multiple Goals - Pioneer University of Sheffield*, Using Shocks to Construct New Perspectives on Productivity: Designing Systems Dynamic Model(s) of Productivity in Northern Ireland - Pioneer University of Sheffield*, Rethinking Capital Allocation in a Context of Financialization: Producing and Index of High Productivity/Low Financial Engineering Firms - Pioneer University of Strathclyde, Drivers and Productivity Impacts on Underemployment-Insights on labour Market Effects and Employers' Decision-Making in Contrasting Local Labour Markets - Pioneer University of Leeds, Access to Finance and Productivity Enhancing Investments in the UK: Does the Source of Finance Matter? -Pioneer Strategic Capability Ltd, Relating Productivity to Organisational Context: Meaning, Measures and Maximising Through Workforce Engagement -SPF Cambridge Econometrics, A Microscale Approach to Understanding Spatial Productivity Patterns in the UK - SPF Centre for Tendering, How Can Enterprise Ecosystems Enhance SME Capability to tender for Public Sector Contracts? - SPF The University of Sheffield, Quantifying Agglomeration Productivity Potential in Long-Term Infrastructure Planning - SPF Manchester Metropolitan University, Cashlessness: A Productivity Paradox - SPF
Impact The projects will be complete in June and September 2020 and the outcomes and impact from these will be realised and reported on in due course.
Start Year 2020
 
Description Round 3 Funded Projects (Pioneer and Small) 
Organisation University of Sheffield
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Following the final Open Call for funding application a number of projects have been sucessfully funded.
Collaborator Contribution University of Leeds, Sustainable and Productive?! Helping Manufacturing SMEs to Manage Multiple Goals - Pioneer University of Sheffield*, Using Shocks to Construct New Perspectives on Productivity: Designing Systems Dynamic Model(s) of Productivity in Northern Ireland - Pioneer University of Sheffield*, Rethinking Capital Allocation in a Context of Financialization: Producing and Index of High Productivity/Low Financial Engineering Firms - Pioneer University of Strathclyde, Drivers and Productivity Impacts on Underemployment-Insights on labour Market Effects and Employers' Decision-Making in Contrasting Local Labour Markets - Pioneer University of Leeds, Access to Finance and Productivity Enhancing Investments in the UK: Does the Source of Finance Matter? -Pioneer Strategic Capability Ltd, Relating Productivity to Organisational Context: Meaning, Measures and Maximising Through Workforce Engagement -SPF Cambridge Econometrics, A Microscale Approach to Understanding Spatial Productivity Patterns in the UK - SPF Centre for Tendering, How Can Enterprise Ecosystems Enhance SME Capability to tender for Public Sector Contracts? - SPF The University of Sheffield, Quantifying Agglomeration Productivity Potential in Long-Term Infrastructure Planning - SPF Manchester Metropolitan University, Cashlessness: A Productivity Paradox - SPF
Impact The projects will be complete in June and September 2020 and the outcomes and impact from these will be realised and reported on in due course.
Start Year 2020
 
Description Round 3 Funded Projects (Pioneer and Small) 
Organisation University of Strathclyde
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Following the final Open Call for funding application a number of projects have been sucessfully funded.
Collaborator Contribution University of Leeds, Sustainable and Productive?! Helping Manufacturing SMEs to Manage Multiple Goals - Pioneer University of Sheffield*, Using Shocks to Construct New Perspectives on Productivity: Designing Systems Dynamic Model(s) of Productivity in Northern Ireland - Pioneer University of Sheffield*, Rethinking Capital Allocation in a Context of Financialization: Producing and Index of High Productivity/Low Financial Engineering Firms - Pioneer University of Strathclyde, Drivers and Productivity Impacts on Underemployment-Insights on labour Market Effects and Employers' Decision-Making in Contrasting Local Labour Markets - Pioneer University of Leeds, Access to Finance and Productivity Enhancing Investments in the UK: Does the Source of Finance Matter? -Pioneer Strategic Capability Ltd, Relating Productivity to Organisational Context: Meaning, Measures and Maximising Through Workforce Engagement -SPF Cambridge Econometrics, A Microscale Approach to Understanding Spatial Productivity Patterns in the UK - SPF Centre for Tendering, How Can Enterprise Ecosystems Enhance SME Capability to tender for Public Sector Contracts? - SPF The University of Sheffield, Quantifying Agglomeration Productivity Potential in Long-Term Infrastructure Planning - SPF Manchester Metropolitan University, Cashlessness: A Productivity Paradox - SPF
Impact The projects will be complete in June and September 2020 and the outcomes and impact from these will be realised and reported on in due course.
Start Year 2020
 
Description Small Project - Manchester Metropolitan 
Organisation Manchester Metropolitan University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Promote, administrate and evaluate the application process.
Collaborator Contribution Project Lead/s: Dr Katy Jones Organisation: Manchester Metropolitan University Project Theme: Work and Employment Project Overview Universal Credit and 'in-work conditionality' - a productive turn? The DWP has stated that Universal Credit will help 'business to grow' and 'improve productivity' (DWP, 2018). However, the mechanisms through which this is to be achieved are unclear. Furthermore, employers have been largely absent from policy discussions. As a policy with implications for workplace social dynamics, which impact productivity (McCann, 2018), this is an important omission. This project helps to address this, asking: Will Universal Credit lead to more productive work?
Impact Not complete yet
Start Year 2019
 
Description Small Project - University of Kent 
Organisation University of Kent
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Promote, administrate and evaluate the application process.
Collaborator Contribution Project Lead/s: Dr Anthony Savager Organisation: University of Kent Project Theme: FDI, Capital & Investments Project Overview: The project intends to describe the relationship between market concentration in the UK and productivity performance using new data from the Department of Business (BEIS) and the inter-departmental business register (IDBR).
Impact Not complete yet
Start Year 2019
 
Description Small Project - University of Lancaster 
Organisation Lancaster University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Promote, administrate and evaluate the application process
Collaborator Contribution Project Lead/s: Dr Lara Pecis Organisation: University of Lancaster Project Theme: Work and Employment and Institutions, governance & organisations Project Overview: How are public and private sector organizations working together in innovation hubs to build inclusion in urban contexts and broader regions? The project aims at understanding how hubs can best promote inclusivity in entrepreneurship and act as formal support channels for specific groups including women and BME. The project will address the research question: how are public and private sector organizations working together in innovation hubs to build inclusion in urban contexts and broader regions?
Impact Not complete yet
Start Year 2019
 
Description Targeted Small Grant: Financialization and Productivity 
Organisation University of Sheffield
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Financialization and Productivity lead by Adam Leaver will look to directly addresses the PIN priority area of 'UK business investment (including financialisation) behaviour'. It complements existing analyses of the role of shareholder value pressures in encouraging corporate short-termism and low investment (Stockhammer 2006; Tori & Onaran 2018), specifically that i) shareholder distributions compete with investment (Lin and Tomaskovic-Devey, 2013), ii) excessive discounting disincentivises investment (Haldane 2015), and iii) higher returns from finance lead to a switching of investment from productive to financial sources (Orhangazi, 2008). To assess this, our project takes an interdisciplinary approach which bridges accounting and political economy to examine the accounting and law innovations used within the UK water industry before and after the financial crisis; so chosen because of its weak productivity performance post-crisis (Frontier Economics 2017; Riley et al 2018). These accounting insights may add a missing piece to the productivity puzzle: that when financial engineering proliferates, productivity declines.
Collaborator Contribution as above
Impact The report from this collaboration is expected in March 2020 and the impact and outcomes will be reported as appropriate.
Start Year 2020
 
Description Targeted Small Grant: The relationship between firm financing and investment in productivity in a very low interest rate environment 
Organisation Manchester Metropolitan University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution "The relationship between firm financing and investment in productivity in a very low-interest-rate environment" Lead by Craig Berry. The Productivity Insights Network has identified business investment behaviour as a 'gap' in our understanding of what is driving, or impeding, productivity growth. This project looks directly at this issue, by considering the circumstances in which large firms elect to invest in enhancing their productive capacity (through investment in skills, equipment, processes, etc.) or instead expanding their production (generally by employing more workers, without improving productivity) - and indeed how these strategies are balanced. The project lead, Dr Craig Berry, is a member of the Productivity Insights Network, as well as deputy director of Future Economies (at Manchester Metropolitan University), and formerly a member of the Industrial Strategy Commission (alongside Dame Kate Barker, Professor Diane Coyle, Professor Richard Jones and Professor Andy Westwood) and deputy director of the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (University of Sheffield). He has also worked in public policy, including for HM Treasury and the Trades Union Congress.
Collaborator Contribution As above
Impact The project will start in late March/April 2020 and the report from the project is expected in July 2020, the impact and outcomes from the research will be identified in due course.
Start Year 2020
 
Description Targeted Small Grants Funding Round 
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Following the 3rd Annual IAB in April 2019, the network launched a Targetted Small Grant funding round, which was to specifically address a small number of themes as identified by the International Advisory Board. This ran for an extended period throughout the Summer months and closed in September 2019.
Collaborator Contribution as above
Impact The Targeted Small Grants received less interest than the broader open call and was perhaps affected by the summer and new term timing in terms of University applications. There were however two successfully funded projects which are expected to submit in March and June 2020. The impact of this research will be reported on as and when these come in.
Start Year 2019
 
Description #PIN2019; BEIS Roundtable - 'Systems' (15 March 2019, London) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Following the #PIN2019 Conference on 13 March 2019, there were a series of additional events in Sheffield and further afield including the #PIN2019; 'BEIS Roundtable - Systems' held on 15 March 2019 in London in collaboration with Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS). Murray Sherwin (Chair of the New Zealand Productivity Commission) who provided one of the Keynotes at the Conference chaired the roundtable with BEIS.

During this this workshop; the first provocation was provided by Jonathan Cook of SQW, he will reflect on a review of productivity in policy over the last 20 years. He highlights how the productivity narrative has waxed and waned, shifting from a goal implicit across sectoral policies to an explicit agenda embedded in the Industrial Strategy.
Jen Nelles (City University New York), explores the prospect of a systems approach towards addressing the productivity puzzle in the second provocation. She argued that systems approaches can provide a way of understanding the intersections and interdependencies that influence productivity outcomes, and focuses on how this can be approached through experimental governance and policy.
Murray Sherwin, the chair of the New Zealand Productivity Commission and former Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, discussed productivity policy from an international perspective and share his thoughts on what UK productivity policy design needs to consider.

Following the BEIS Roundtable, a tweet was circulated by one of the attendees at the roundtable, which caught the attention of a colleague within the Northern Ireland Department of Education, which went on form the basis of a Tobin event with the NI DfE in September 2019. Further impact from this event is expected. As a project, 'systems' was funded as a targeted responsive project and will be in duration for four months, with the support of an intern to work with Jen Nelles on this topic. From the interesting discussion within the September Tobin Event, it is hoped that this will form the basis of an impact case study.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://productivityinsightsnetwork.co.uk/portfolio/pin2019/
 
Description 2 day ECR Sandpit event #1 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact On 18th and 19th October 2018 the Productivity Insights Network will host a 'sandpit' style event
for ECRs to develop proposals for new directions in productivity research. The two-day event will
include roundtable debates and panel discussions with leading academics, policymakers and
business leaders about the big questions and emerging issues for productivity researchers.
The broad aims of the sandpit are to generate research proposals from ECRs which can:
• advance understanding of the productivity puzzle in the UK
• address the key research challenges that are identified
• identify a common and cross cutting approach in the social sciences
• facilitate interactions between ECRs
The sandpit is aimed at ECRs working in the field of productivity from across the social sciences, but would welcome applications from other disciplines. Early Career Researchers are broadly defined as within 4 years of PhD submission or having held an academic position for less than 4years (full-time equivalent). We are open to applications from PhD candidates writing up (with written permission from their PhD supervisor). Anyone funded through the ECRC is not eligible for PIN funding.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description 2 day ECR Sandpit event #2 March 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact ECR Sandpit 1 (18th & 19th Oct)

Input and coaching from: ESRC, OECD, Managing Partners Forum, PIN Co-Directors and CO-Is
Pitches led to seedcorn funding for 5 individuals/teams

The broad aims of the sandpit are to generate research proposals from ECRs which can:
• advance understanding of the productivity puzzle in the UK
• address the key research challenges that are identified
• identify a common and cross cutting approach in the social sciences
• facilitate interactions between ECRs

ECR Sandpit 2 (13th & 14th March)

Sandpit Aim
To enable ECRs to make a contribution to the UK's productivity puzzle by supporting their bid preparation ability, sharing cutting edge research and bringing together a network of promising academics.

Sandpit Objectives

• Highlight the range of issues contributing to the productivity puzzle through input from international experts
• Facilitate discussion on how personal research interests align with the themes and issues presented during the conference
• Provide guidance from leading academics in the field on best practice for preparing bids
• To provide information on future funding opportunities, including PIN's upcoming open funding call.

Sandpit Outcomes

• Participants will gain input and insights from internationally acclaimed thinkers within the productivity field
• Participants will align their own research interests to the emergent and topical productivity research areas
• Participants will take part in one to one and small group discussions about personal research interests and bid preparation
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Andy Henley/Colin Mason - Scottish Government Seminar (18 December 2019, Glasgow) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Andy Henley/Colin Mason provided the forth seminar on 'Small Business Growth and Productivity', and 'Productivity and the UK's deficiency in scale-ups' in the Scottish Government Series.
Further to the seminar itself. Andy and Colin were also invited to meet with Colin MacBean (Deputy Director for Enterprise and Innovation, Scottish Government) in advance of the seminar.
This is an interesting opportunity for both colleagues and for the Network in general.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Association of American Geographers (AAG Annual Meeting) - 3 April 2019, in Washington DC, USA 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The Network attended the AAG Annual Conference in Washington in April 2019 and some of the PIN Co-Is alongside the Co-Directors provided some insights within two sessions as part of the event. The schedule and session titles are included below.

Rethinking the Productivity Puzzle Session 1

Professor Philip McCann 08:00 Regional Productivity Inequalities and the Geography of Discontent
Professor Leaza McSorley 08:20 Regional Productivity: Wage Inequality and Inclusive Growth
Professor Duncan Maclennan 08:40 Pressured Metropolitan Housing Markets; Evidence for the Productivity Consequences of Housing Affordability Difficulties.
Professor Raquel Argiles Ortega and Dr Tasos Kitsos 09:00 Digital economy in the UK regions: the effects for early adopters

Rethinking the Productivity Puzzle Session 2
Professor Gary Dymski 09:55 The contradictory spatial logic of macro austerity and industrial strategy: Regional fiscal crisis, the care economy, and the UK productivity paradox
Professor Vania Sena 10:15 Innovation and UK High-Growth Firms
Professor Simon Collinson 10:35 Inputs, outputs and impacts: how relevant are regions to firm-level productivity (and vice-versa)?
Professor Tim Vorley 10:55 Factors Affecting SME Productivity: A Systematic Review and Research

Following the event, the Network was also involved in a number of additional opportunities in Washington including collaboration with the Brookings Institute, and World Bank meetings. Which were key in spreading the PIN name and aims to wider, international audiences within an international Research institute and international financial organisation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://news.aag.org/event/aag-annual-meeting-washington-dc-2019/
 
Description Blog: Daniel Kopasker and Catia Montagna (University of Aberdeen): Employers and Employees Can Benefit from Reducing Insecure Employment (18/12/2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Daniel Kopasker (University of Aberdeen) and one of the Network's ECR success stories, provides a blog on 'Employers and Employees Can Benefit from Reducing Insecure Employment' which discusses the findings of their recent Productivity Insights Network project which conveys a very clear message: job security is good for business. There have been a number of similar findings, such as referenced by Daniel in that the Business in the Community hosted a roundtable event that brought together employers and HR professionals to discuss the incentives to provide secure employment. The title of the event, like their findings demonstrates that the link between job security and productivity is evident. Daniel's work also alludes to many of the other topical projects within the Network portfolio such as mental health at work and the impact of job security on employees wellbeing which closely links to the work of Professor Karina Nielsen's PIN funded Pioneer, 'Thriving at work'.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://productivityinsightsnetwork.co.uk/2019/12/employers-and-employees-can-benefit-from-reducing-...
 
Description Blog: Advancing the Debate (#PIN2019) - Phil Wallace (University of Sheffield) March 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Following the #PIN2019 conference on 13 March 2019 - Phil Wallace (University of Sheffield) provided a blog on the key findings from the conference and 'Advancing the debate'.

The blog provided a key summary and overview of the diverse audience, the keynotes and also provided a link to the live commentary on the Twitter Wall. The Summary of the Keynotes and discussions within the blog also presented some key videos of the live-action on the day.
The blog also reiterates the theme of creating connections and multi-disciplinary working to break down silos, by announcing the second round of the #pieceofthepuzzle campaign, which launched at the conference and notes the upcoming book publication "Productivity Perspectives".
The blog also takes time to provide delegate conversations on the topics discussed and ongoing conversations advancing the productivity debate; This included comments from Sonali Parekh (Head of Policy, Federation of Small businesses) and Andrew Williams (Partner, Maisha & co).

The intended purpose of the blog was to provide an overview and summary of the PIN Conference, high light the key topics and discussions within as well as advertising the upcoming funding opportunities launched within the conference and highlight the upcoming publication from the network of the upcoming book; featuring chapters written by the pin Co-Directors and the PIN Co-Investigators on their thematic gap analysis of 'Productivity'.

The main impact of the blog was that it reached all attendees and those who were unable to attend the conference and outlined the main actions and matters arising from the conference; leading to more interest in the Network (for example more newsletter sign-ups, more clicks on the website and the twitter feed and more requests to link with the Network from relevant parties that may or may not have existing links within the Network and the wider audience.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://productivityinsightsnetwork.co.uk/2019/04/advancing-the-debate-pin2019/
 
Description Blog: Are Britain's Regional Divides Large or Small? A Response to Chris Giles - Philip McCann (Univrsity of Sheffield) May 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Following the release of Chris Giles' piece "Britain's Regional Divide is Smaller than it First Appears", Financial Times 9 May 2019. Philip McCann provides a blog in response.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://productivityinsightsnetwork.co.uk/2019/05/britains-regional-divides/
 
Description Blog: Being an early career researcher within the Productivity Insights Network - Daniel Kopasker (University of Aberdeen) May 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Following his involvement in the Network's Early Career Researchers' opportunities, Daniel Kopasker provides a blog his ECR experience as part of the Network, drawing on his engagement with the PIN2019 Conference and also the events for ECR colleagues led by Professor Leaza McSorley which have provided a 'sandpit' to develop research proposals with researchers from various disciplines and a grant-writing workshop, was designed to ensure that research ideas were communicated in a way, which would maximise the chances of acquiring funding. Daniel notes that the the aim of the ECR engagement was to provide an open forum to progress in the relevant areas using the expertise of researchers in these areas and the opportunities to provide feedback from experienced colleagues. The success of the events is highlighted as many of the ECR colleagues, including Daniel, have gone on to be funded as one of the portfolio of projects (Small and Pioneer) and these projects have had significant impact for the Network and for the Productivity Puzzle.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://productivityinsightsnetwork.co.uk/2019/05/being-an-early-career-researcher-within-the-produc...
 
Description Blog: Distorting Local Productivity Data? Reflections on Fothergill and Beatty - Maria Abreu (University of Cambridge) and Tim Vorley (University of Sheffield) July 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Following the publication of a controversial report by Steve Fothergill and Christina Beatty (available here), Maria Abreu (University of Cambridge) and Tim Vorley (University of Sheffield) respond to, review and scrutinise their conclusions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://productivityinsightsnetwork.co.uk/2019/07/distorting-local-productivity-data-reflections-on-...
 
Description Blog: Dr Lara Pecis (Lancaster University) Harnessing productivity through inclusive innovation in the North West (19/02/2020) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Based on her PIN Small Project, Dr Lara Pecis (Lancaster University) provide us with a blog discussing the regional growth, its variations and inequalities. Focusing on the North West Lara provides some interesting insights in to these issues as well as more complex issues within inclusive innovation and indeed entrepreneurship, in terms of gender and race.

Lara also produced a series of blogs throughout the duration of the project which are also available to view: http://wp.lancs.ac.uk/inclusive-innovation/
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://productivityinsightsnetwork.co.uk/2020/02/harnessing-productivity-through-inclusive-innovati...
 
Description Blog: Dr Vicki Belt - The time has come to sharpen the focus on productivity (October 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Dr Vicki Belt (Deputy Director, Enterprise Research Centre) provided a blog following the PIN/Enterprise Research Centre (ERC) event held at The Shard in London on 1 October 2019.

The blog addresses some of the key issues surrounding productivity and context it sits within. Dr Belt provides an overview of the event and its speakers and an insight into the key discussion that took place within the event. #The blog also directs the reader to the workshop presentations in order to gain more information on the talks that took place on the day from speakers including, Philip McCann (PIN Co-Director), Nigel Driffield (Warwick Business School), Stephen Roper (Director of the ERC), Remitope Akinremi (Research Fellow at the ERC) and Katy Jones (Manchester Metropolitan University, and also one of the project leads on a PIN funded project).

Following the event and the blog, the network are looking to develop with work with the ERC further in order to continue the work which is looking at the 'meanings of productivity and 'Making sense of productivity research across sectors and scales'.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://productivityinsightsnetwork.co.uk/2019/10/sharpeningthefocus/
 
Description Blog: Early Career Researchers Changing the Tone of the Debate - Kate Penney (University of Sheffield) April 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Following the #PIN2019 Conference and related events week including an ECR event, Kate Penney (University of Sheffield) provided a blog on the role of the Early Career Researcher (ECR) in 'changing the tone of the debate'.

The blog provides an overview of the second ECR workshop in Sheffield following the Conference and the range of insights, lively debate and discussion the sandpit attendees heard from Lukas Nüse and Armando García Schmidt from the Inclusive Productivity project at Bertelsmann-stiftung, an organisation whose programmes deal with the challenges that result from globalization, demographic change and the growing diversity of Germany's population. The event went on to include a bid writing development workshop.
As a Network, applications for funding have been received from ECR colleagues in the first round of open funding and therefore wanted to provide additional support for ECRs to help to assist bid writing as it can be difficult for early career colleagues when they are bidding against those with far more experience in the field and in bid writing.
This was a key area that the Network wanted to address in order to encourage further applications for the recently launched second round of funding for Pioneer and Small projects and indeed any other funding that may open in due course.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://productivityinsightsnetwork.co.uk/2019/04/ecrs2/
 
Description Blog: Iain Docherty on HS2; "All aboard the great high speed experiment" (3 March 2020) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Iain Docherty provides a topical commentary on the proposed High-Speed Rail 2. Referencing some of the work by one of our funded researchers' Tom Forth, the blog highlights some key points on this topic which is wider-reaching across the broad network as it is of interest to the public as a known topical, societal issue as well as experts in transport and infrastructure.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://productivityinsightsnetwork.co.uk/2020/03/all-aboard-the-great-high-speed-experiment/
 
Description Blog: Katy Jones - Universal Credit and In-Work Conditionality - a productive turn? (October 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Dr Katy Jones provided a blog with respect to Universal Credit and In-Work Conditionality - the basis of Katy Jones' research and PIN funded projects.
The blog was published at the time of the release of the Executive Summary and the final report for the PIN funded project. This was also tweeted which has increased the 'traffic' to the blog, and the reports. In addition, Katy Jones also provided a workshop at similar time which also opened up more requests for the newsletter and for information in line with the release of the reports and blog.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://productivityinsightsnetwork.co.uk/2019/10/blog-universal-credit-and-in-work-conditionality-a...
 
Description Blog: Neha Prashar on the Productivuty Insights Netowrk 'Speical Sessions' in Cambridge, 17 July 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The Productivity Insights Network was thrilled to provide a special session within the Regional Science Association International - British and Irish Section (RSAI-BIS) Conference, held in Cambridge 16-18 July with the PIN sessions on the 17th July 2019.

Neha Prashar provides an overview of the session by PIN and it's associated projects and also breaks down each of the aspects presented by Network members into the key analysis points from each individual talk with an overall round-up of the sessions to end the blog.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://productivityinsightsnetwork.co.uk/2019/08/cambridge-special-sessions-rsaibis2019/
 
Description Blog: Solving the productivity puzzle: What is needed to support workers with common mental disorders stay at work and be productive after long-term sickness absence? Karina Nielsen (University of Sheffield) July 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Following the pioneer project funded by the Productivity Insights Network and in partnership with Affinity Health at work, Karina Nielsen 9University of Sheffield) prepared the following blog which links to the findings from this project. This also links to a Vlog prepared by Jo Yarker (Affinity Health at Work).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://productivityinsightsnetwork.co.uk/2019/07/thrivingatwork/
 
Description Blog: Stephen Boyd (Scottish Government) Beyond the silver bullet approach to raising productivity 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Stephen Boyd (Scottish Government) provided us with a blog to highlight some of the key findings from the internal series of events in collaboration with the Scottish Government. Initiated by Leaza McSorley and Iain Docherty.
The seminars are providing an excellent opportunity to consider ways in which current research and analysis can help inform policies aimed at raising productivity growth in a manner that is consistent with the Scottish Government's wider policy priorities on sustainability, wellbeing and fair work. All have stimulated much useful discussion and debate.
The seminars have been running from October 2019 and will run through to March 2020 initially, however, talks are ongoing opportunities are continuing, with a number of our Co-Is including Gary Dymski, and others who also has links in the Scottish Government.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://productivityinsightsnetwork.co.uk/2020/02/beyond-the-silver-bullet-approach-to-raising-produ...
 
Description Blog: The value of adopting a systems approach to the productivity puzzle - Tim Vorley (Univeristy of Sheffield) and Jen Nelles (University of Sheffield) May 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Linked to the Evidence Review 'From Silos to Systems: Insights and Implications for Productivity Policy' prepared by Professor Tim Vorley and Dr Jen Nelles (University of Sheffield/City University of New York), a blog was prepared on the systems approach to productivity.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://productivityinsightsnetwork.co.uk/2019/05/the-value-of-adopting-a-systems-approach-to-the-pr...
 
Description Blogs: Hadi Arbabi: Reframing Inter-City Transport and Agglomeration Potential 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The purpose of this blog was to engage with the existing research of one of the Network's Early Career Researchers (Dr Hadi Arbabi, in the Department of Civil & Structural Engineering at The University of Sheffield). Dr Arbabi presents some of the latest comments on productivity in terms of Reframing Inter-City Transport and Agglomeration Potentials'.

This reached a wide audience through the Network's webpages and through tweeting that the post had been listed. The impact from this post was that more research in this area was then noted and developments in this area have been made. Dr Arbabi has also been involved in submitting a number of proposals for funding, As yet, his proposals have not been funded but we hope to engage Hadi further through support for ECRs by the Network to give guidance on submitting proposals and developing his research so that if another funding call is opened another submission can be welcomed.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://productivityinsightsnetwork.co.uk/2019/04/reframing-inter-city-transport-and-agglomeration-p...
 
Description Blogs: Jill McBryde - Let's talk productivity (August 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Professor Jill MacBryde (Stratchclyde) and one of the Networks Porject leads oon a PIN funded project, provides a blog in relation to the completed project by her team; Pioneer Project team: Professor Jillian MacBryde (University of Strathclyde), Dr. Helen Mullen (University of Strathclyde)Professor Peter Ball (University of York), Professor Palie Smart (University of Bristol), Professor Ben Clegg (Aston University).
Dr. Stella Despoudi (Aston University), Dr. Donato Masi (Aston University).
With a focus on Manufacturing, the team have completed a project in relation to "Unpicking the productivity narrative in manufacturing organisations". The blog goes on to explain the nature of the research and some of the methodology employed in order to question the narrative of productivity within the specific industry of manufacturing.
th blog complements the Project Report provided and published around the same time by the team by providing an overarching summary of the work completed and a hint at the findings.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://productivityinsightsnetwork.co.uk/2019/08/lets-talk-productivity/
 
Description Blogs: Jonathan Boys - Getting rich slowly: how to achieve sustainable earnings growth (September 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Jonathan Boys (Labour Market Economist at the CIPD) provides a blog for the network with regards to 'Getting rich slowly: how to achieve sustainable earnings growth'. Jonathan Boys uses the data from the latest Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures from September 2019 to provide a commentary on sustainable growth and related matters; such as average earnings, compound interest and workplace focus.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://productivityinsightsnetwork.co.uk/2019/09/getting-rich-slowly-how-to-achieve-sustainable-ear...
 
Description Blogs: Kate Penney - Calling all researchers; a new PIN funding opportunity (August 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Kate Penney provided a blog on the open call for Targeted Small Grants (TSG). The blog provides an overview of the network, its aims, it' funded projects to date and the areas of research that have been focused on so far. The blog explains that the gaps and themes for the projects are also provided from the International Advisory Board. The areas that the TSG are to focus on are; Sustainability, infrastructure and/or land use, and, UK business investment (including financialisation) behaviour. The Network welcomes applications from interdisciplinary and inter-organisational research teams. Kate goes on to describe the themes in more detail and provides the deadline of the call (30 September 2019) and the value and duration of the call which is £10K projects over 4months ideally. Queries are directed to the productivity@sheffield.ac.uk.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://productivityinsightsnetwork.co.uk/2019/08/targetedfunds/
 
Description Brookings Institute Meeting in Washington DC (8 April 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact As part of the Productivity Insights Network visit to Washington for the Association of American Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting in Washingon in April 2019, the team who attended; Leaza McSorley (University of Sunderland), Vania Sena (University of Essex), Tim Vorley (University of Sheffield), Kirsty Newsome (University of Sheffield) and Philip McCann (University of Sheffield) also were able to schedule both a meeting with the Brookings Institute and also the World Bank, whilst in the US.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description CBI Dinner (13 May 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Take the opportunity to get informed first-hand about the very latest policy, political and business insights impacting your business at this exclusive event.

Attend and you will:
• Join Matthew Fell, CBI Chief Policy Director and be part of an expert led discussion that will address the key issues and challenges affecting the economy
• Access up-to-the-minute intelligence from compelling senior speakers
• Connect with like-minded individuals that are experiencing similar challenges in today's business environment

Why you should attend?
This event is strictly for CBI members, with a maximum of 20 places. All tickets will be allocated by the CBI. Simply make your interest to attend known by 'booking a ticket'. We apologise in advance if we cannot accommodate your request to attend on this occasion. The CBI will confirm ticketing allocations by personal email.

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Attendees included: Andrew Hartley (Business Development Director, The Sheffield College), Andy Clarke (Public Affairs Adviser, ASDA Stores Ltd), Angela Foulkes (Principal, The Sheffield College), Bill Walker (Director, Strategic Relationships, University of Hull), Craig Chorley (Head of Sales Construction, Omya UK Limited), Dave Dalton (Chief Executive Officer, British Glass Manufacturers' Confederation), John Sutcliffe (CEO, Henry Boot Plc), Julia Szajdzicka (Managing Director, ND Metering Solutions) Lee Collinson (Corporate Director, Barclays Corporate) Pat Woodfield (Director of People and Culture, Dimensions), Paul Wainwright (Head of Customer Banking, Yorkshire Bank), Rufus Meakin (Head of Business Development, MSC R&D Ltd) Tom Draper (Employment Director - Sheffield, Freeths Solicitors)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.cbi.org.uk/events/in-discussion-with-matthew-fell-cbi-chief-policy-director-2/
 
Description Cardiff Business School, Business Breakfast: Professor Andrew Henley; Tuesday 13th November 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact In this Breakfast Briefing, Professor Andrew Henley, Professor of Entrepreneurship and Economics at Cardiff Business School, shared some of the work of the ESRC funded Productivity Insights Network of which Cardiff is part of along with six other leading universities led by the University of Sheffield. He was joined by Katherine Kent, Head of Productivity Statistics at the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and Allan Meek, Director of SCS Group and Cardiff Business School Entrepreneur-in-Residence. Together they explored the different dimensions of the UK Productivity problem and then they will begin to suggest what we can collectively do about it.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.eventsforce.net/cbs/frontend/reg/thome.csp?pageID=100612&eventID=413&traceRedir=2
 
Description Changing the Tone of the Debate: Productivity Insights Network Conference 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Raising productivity is a central economic challenge in the UK. The Productivity Insight Network (PIN) conference brings together researchers, policymakers, intermediaries and
businesses working to identify, advance and implement new insights to address the productivity puzzle in the UK. Join us for an engaging day of talks and expert panel
discussions. The conference will be hosted by Lord Jim O'Neill, Chair of PIN's International Advisory Board.
Key note speakers include:
• Sir Paul Collier, Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of
Government, University of Oxford.
• Professor Jennifer Rubin, Executive Chair of the Economic and Social Research
Council and Professor of Public Policy at King's College London.
• Murray Sherwin, Chair of the New Zealand Productivity Commission and former
Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand.

The Keynote speakers addressed the topics of 'Restoring Convergence: Productivity and Prosperity in Britain's Regions', 'In Pursuit of Productivity: Institutional Form and Practice' and 'The Economic and Social Research Council's Productivity Portfolio'. The conference also engaged with a number of panel discussions including; "Productivity in Places", "Productivity in Practice", and "Productivity Prospects".
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://productivityinsightsnetwork.co.uk/portfolio/pin2019/
 
Description Doncaster Manufacturing Forum Event Media Coverage, 16 January 2020. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact In line with the Doncaster Engineering and Manufacturing Forum event on Green Growth and Productivity (16.01.20) at Doncaster Rail College; The Network had media coverage on the University of Sheffield Webpages highlighting some of the key topics from the event and broadening the reach of this aspect of productivity to a wider audience.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/news/nr/tackling-climate-crisis-can-boost-doncaster-productivity-study-b...
 
Description Duncan MacLennan - at RSA Winter Conference 14-15 November 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Duncan Maclennan - University of Glasgow, United Kingdom, Julie T. Miao - University of Melbourne, Australia "Reductionism, Regulation and the Real Economics of
Metropolitan Housing Challenges" Linda Christie - University of Glasgow, United Kingdom, Duncan MacLennan - University of Glasgow, United Kingdom, New Thinking on the Role and Impact of Housing on Regional Growth and Productivity at the RSA Winter Conference, November 2019.
(based on the research that was funded from their PIN Pioneer award) Further information given in the narrative impact statement)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description ESRC Festival of Social Science-Saturday activity with general public in Sheffield City Centre 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact As part of the ESRC's Festival of Social Science we were challenging the general public to pick the top 3 issues they think we should be focussing on. After only a brief introduction to the productivity puzzle and our work with PIN, we were delighted with the depth of conversation that soon flowed. Reflections on a decline in manufacturing skills became one of the key themes of the day. Perhaps not surprising, considering the region's history.
Another common theme arose in variations of a question posed to us, along the lines of 'why do you want to make people more productive? Doesn't that just mean making people work harder?'. And is there a more important question? Indeed members of our invaluable International Advisory Board have always provided a strong steer that our work be underpinned by principles of wellbeing and a vision of inclusive productivity. However, it was a pertinent and welcome reminder to receive the same steer from the Sheffield public.
By the end of the day, skills & education, work & employment (the theme led by Professor Kirsty Newsome at Sheffield), and health & wellbeing were ranked as the most important by the surprising number of individuals who took up our Saturday challenge. The real value of the exercise for us was in the rich stories that were shared in the process, bringing to life the themes of our work and strengthening our desire to find productivity insights that are accessible for all.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://productivityinsightsnetwork.co.uk/2018/11/
 
Description Exploring the Connections Between Infrastructure and Productivity: Business Challenges and Policy Agendas 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Productivity is the policy issue of the moment. The Productivity Insights Network (PIN) aims to
unpack the sources of the UK productivity puzzle, and infrastructure improvements are regarded
by many as vital to improving the UK's poor productivity performance. Within the different
categories of infrastructure, transport infrastructure has emerged as one of the key areas of
interest both for academics and policy makers seeking to deliver productivity improvements
quickly. New technologies such as advanced sensing, real time information and connected and
autonomous vehicles offer the potential to radically improve the operating reliability of transport
infrastructure systems, and to enable existing infrastructure to meet future mobility demands
more effectively, and thus contribute directly to better productivity. The Infrastructure theme of
the PIN is led by the University of Glasgow, which will host one-day workshop to explore the
connections between infrastructure, 'smart' mobility and productivity.
The workshop will address the following connected issues:
• How well does current infrastructure provision support the economy?
• What are the key 'smart' and disruptive technologies that will shape the future operation of
key infrastructures?
• How will mobility trends change in response to the roll out of 'smart' technologies?
• What are the new governmental, policy and regulatory challenges that will emerge?
• What are the priorities for the policy agenda arising from these innovations and
challenges?
The event will take place on Tuesday 13th November 2018 in the University of Glasgow between
10.00 am and 4.00pm. It is designed to be of interest to policy makers, businesses and
academics working in the fields of infrastructure, transport and productivity. Travel bursaries are
available for Early Career Researchers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Exploring the Connections Between Non- Standard Work and Productivity: A Policy Agenda? Professor Kirsty Newsome 27/09/18 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Productivity is the policy issue of the moment. The Productivity Insights Network (PIN) aims to unpack the sources of the UK productivity puzzle, to better understand why output per worker hour has flat-lined since the 2008 economic crisis and propose policy remedies. Although productivity has failed to grow, employment, hours worked, and output have increased broadly in line since 2012. A significant proportion of the new jobs created have taken the form of non-standard and sometimes informal work (e.g. zero hours contracts (ZHC), temporary work, 'bogus' self-employment).

The Sheffield-led PIN is hosting a one-day workshop to explore the connections between the growth of non-standard work and productivity.

The workshop will address the following connected issues:

The labour market conditions that may be inhibiting the return to a higher productivity trajectory.
The relationship between the growth of non-standard contracts - zero hours, temporary and `bogus' self-employment - and workplace practices that may be inimical to productivity gains.
The significance of fissured workplaces and non-compliant business models.
The sources and dimensions of workplace inequalities.
The elements of a new policy agenda.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/exploring-the-connections-between-non-standard-work-and-productivity-...
 
Description Facilitator: Professor Richard Harris Description: Business breakfast format, networking and informal discussion, PIN presentation followed by discussion. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Business Breakfast: introducing the Productivity Insights Network
Date: 8.30 - 9.30am, Thursday 21 June 2018
Venue: Copthorne Hotel, Newcastle
What it aimed to achieve: Begin a dialogue on how PIN can be relevant to the North East business/LEPs, through hearing from them about what drives productivity in the North East
and what national/local policy needs they might have.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description IS Council report launch (Aston), 4 February 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Industrial Strategy Council: Addressing Regional Productivity Disparities, 04 February 2020, 12:00 - 14:30. Panel Discussion Hosted by Aston University in Birmingham.
Members of the Industrial Strategy Council address regional productivity disparities. The Industrial Strategy Council is an independent non-statutory advisory group established in November 2018. It is tasked with providing impartial and expert evaluation of the government's progress in delivering the aims of the Industrial Strategy. Its membership is comprised of leading men and women from business, academia and civil society. The Council's latest publication will examine the nature and causes of differences in economic performance across UK regions.

Andy Haldane, Chief Economist, Bank of England and Chair, Industrial Strategy Council
Andrew G Haldane is the Chief Economist at the Bank of England. He is a member of the Bank's Monetary Policy Committee and Chair of the Government's Industrial Strategy Council. Among other positions, he is Honorary Professor at University of Nottingham, a Visiting Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford, a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. He has authored around 200 articles and 4 books. Andrew is the founder and trustee of 'Pro Bono Economics', a charity which brokers economists into charitable projects, a trustee of National Numeracy and Patron of the charities Reach and Speakers for Schools.

Emma Bridgewater, Founder, Emma Bridgewater and Member, Industrial Strategy Council
Emma Bridgewater is a household name recognised for her popular kitchen pottery. Based in Stoke on Trent the company employs over 350 workers in a dedicated factory and warehouse. Having resisted outsourcing to low wage countries Emma is deeply committed to raising the real commercial value of work carried out in Britain. Emma was educated at Oxford High School and at London University where she read English Literature. She has honorary doctorates from Keele and Staffordshire University and in 2015 received a CBE for services to British Industry. Emma was chairman of the English Heritage Foundation and is President of the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE).

Rotha Johnston, Commissioner, Belfast Harbour Commission and Member, Industrial Strategy Council
Rotha Johnston has had a career spanning both the private and public sectors. A Queen's University Belfast graduate and post-graduate, Rotha has had a career in the textile, the economic development and the food sectors. She currently has various investment interests primarily in the property sector. Rotha is currently Chair of Northern Ireland Screen, the lead agency for the screen industry in Northern Ireland. In addition, Rotha holds several non-executive positions including Director of Northern Ireland Electricity Networks, Member of KPMG NI Advisory Board, QUBIS and a Belfast Harbour Commissioner. Previously she was a shareholder and director of Variety Foods Ltd, a food service company supplying the Irish market; Head of Marketing in Moygashel Textiles, part of Lamont Holdings and Business Development Director, LEDU. Rotha was also a BBC Trustee, Pro Chancellor and Chair of Senate at Queen's University Belfast and Deputy Chair of Invest Northern Ireland. In 2006 she was awarded the CBE in recognition of her contribution to industry in Northern Ireland and in 2016 was made a Dame.

Dr Robert Zymek, Lecturer in Economics, University of Edinburgh
Robert obtained his MSc and PhD in Economics from Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona. He completed his undergraduate studies at King's College, University of Cambridge. His research interests are International Economics and Macroeconomics. His work to date explores the interplay between international goods trade and international capital flows, and the role of country risk in shaping the patterns of both.

The event launched the relevant paper, in which the Network, Philip McCann and Tim Vorely, as well as other Co-Is and funded projects, are referenced.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://industrialstrategycouncil.org/sites/default/files/attachments/UK%20Regional%20Productivity%2...
 
Description Iain Docherty/David Waite: Scottish Government Series (3 December 2019, Glasgow) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Iain Docherty/David Waite provided the third seminar on 'Infrastructure and Productivity' in the Scottish Government Series. A formal Feedback request was able to be circulated for this session and the responses indicate a change in opinion from the audience. The feedback was positive with some constructive comments to suggest that 'digital' could be explored more fully and on a broader scale (although other comments suggest that a wide range of issues were covered. The feedback suggested a high percentage of attendees now had a better understanding and new insights on the topic and the open comments suggest that as a whole the series is varied and thought-provoking with interesting discussion. The informal feedback from Stephen Boyd also suggests very positive impact and outcome from the session.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Jen Nelles Meeting: Chief Economist at MHCLG 03.02.2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Jen Nelles Meeting: Chief Economist at MHCLG to discuss NI project in particular how to frame a seminar that she will be delivering at MHCLG in May.

-------- Forwarded message ---------
From:
Date: Sat, Jan 18, 2020 at 6:01 AM
Subject: INVITATION TO SPEAK
To:


Jen

My apologies for the e-mail out of the blue. To introduce myself, XXXXXX the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

My reason for writing is that I've recently come across your work on applying systems thinking and a systems approach to productivity improvement. As you say, in many parts of the country, it has proved challenging to raise productivity improvement and to close at least some of the gap with London. If a systems approach could deliver fresh insights about how to do this, it would be very useful.

I'm therefore keen to invite you to speak about this issue at one of the regular seminars I organise in the Ministry.

We hold these seminars roughly monthly, they last strictly one hour (usually at lunchtime - though we can be completely flexible about the time) and they take place at the Department's offices at 2 Marsham Street, London.

Speakers typically talk for about 20-30 minutes with the rest of the time available for questions and discussion. Previous speakers have included Raghuram Rajan (Professor of Finance, University of Chicago); Andrew Haldane (Chief Economist, Bank of England), Anthony Heath (Professor of Sociology, University of Oxford), Tim Besley (Professor of Economics, London School of Economics); Martin Wolf (Principal Economic Commentator, Financial Times) and many others.

We can be totally flexible about the date - perhaps in the spring.

Typically, we have up to 50-100 attendees, sometimes more - a mixture of government economists/analysts and policymakers (including some from other government departments).

I do hope this might be possible. If so, I'll ask one of my team to arrange a date, time and other arrangements with you.

I look forward to hearing from you.

With very best wishes
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Jen Nelles and CECAN Webinar - Mapping the Cognitive Landscape of Productivity in Northern Ireland: A Systems Approach to Understanding Productivity Policy Confirmation (12 February 2020) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact CECAN Webinar: Mapping the Cognitive Landscape of Productivity in Northern Ireland: A Systems Approach to Understanding Productivity Policy
Wednesday 12th February 2020, 13:30 - 14:30 GMT. Presenter: Jen Nelles, Centre for Regional Economic and Enterprise Development (CREED), University of Sheffield Management School, Productivity Insights Network (PIN) .

You are warmly invited to join us for the following CECAN Webinar...

Webinar Overview: Like the rest of the UK, Northern Ireland has experienced weak productivity growth since the 2008 Financial Crisis despite broader economic recovery. Consequently, boosting productivity has been a central goal of contemporary economic policy even to the extent that both UK and Northern Ireland industrial strategies have been described as productivity policies. Yet evidence shows that decades of Government productivity policies have not (yet?) resulted in predictable or positive impacts on productivity performance. This webinar argues that the siloed nature of productivity policy may be hindering the development of an effective productivity programme and that adopting a systems approach to policy may provide new insights into the productivity puzzle in Northern Ireland (and beyond). It presents the results of a research project supported by the ESRC and Productivity Insights Network (PIN) and executed in partnership with the Department for the Economy of Northern Ireland that applies a systems approach to mapping how policymakers perceive the economic system and how that is reflected in policy.

Session Objectives: To unpack the productivity puzzle in the UK and Northern Ireland;To understand the value of adopting a systems lens to understanding policy inefficiencies;
To present and invite critique on an innovative methodology for developing a cognitive map of an economic system; To present and debate the results of the mapping project.

Presenter Biography - Jen Nelles, Centre for Regional Economic and Enterprise Development (CREED), University of Sheffield Management School, Productivity Insights Network (PIN): Jen Nelles is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Regional Economic and Enterprise Development (CREED) at the University of Sheffield Management School and holds affiliations with the CUNY Institute for Sustainable Cities and the CUNY Institute for Urban Systems in New York City. Her recent work with the Productivity Insights Network (PIN) focuses on applying systems theory to productivity policy and governance. Her other research includes work on metropolitan and regional governance, infrastructure, and spatial inequalities.

How to Join: This talk will take place via a Zoom Webinar - please click here to register for a place. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. In case you are unable to attend, a recording of the webinar will be uploaded to our website following the event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.cecan.ac.uk/videos/cecan-webinar-mapping-cognitive-landscape-productivity-northern-irela...
 
Description Jill MacBryde - Article 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact As part of her project, Jill MacBryde was featured in an Article in Engineering News, the newsletter of the Faculty of Engineering, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. Title: "Productivity - what do UK manufacturers really think?" January 2019.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Jill MacBryde - Roundtable 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact As part of her Project, Jill MacBryde participated in round-table discussion event at The Industry Strategy Council, London. Short presentation and discussion. April 2019
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Jill McBryde - Presentations 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact As part of Jill MacBryde'ss project, Jill made a number of presentations, including;
- Presentation at event hosted by The University of Strathclyde and Productivity through People, Glasgow: "Addressing Scotland's Productivity Challenge." Title: "Unpicking the productivity narrative: what does productivity mean to different people?" April 2019
- Presentation at event hosted by the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET), Design and Production Sector meeting, London. Title: "Unpicking the productivity
narrative: what does productivity mean to UK manufacturers?" May 2019
- Presentation at event hosted by EY and the Scottish Life Sciences Association (SLA), Edinburgh. Title: "Unpicking the productivity narrative in manufacturing organisations." June 2019.
- Presentation at event hosted by The Research Centre for Social Sciences: "Good Work: People and Productivity." Title: "Unpicking the productivity narrative in manufacturing
organisations" July 2019
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Jill McBryde - Press release 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact As part of her project, Jill McBryde was successful in gaining a press release via University of Strathclyde website and Scottish media. Title: "Pioneering research explores industry view of productivity." in March 2019.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Karina Nielsen a presentation about the Sustainable return to work project at the Home Office (Sheffield), 8 January 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Karina Nielsen provideda presentation about the Sustainable return to work project at the Home Office (Sheffield) on 8 January 2020, this comes from colleagues at the home office reading the research from the PIN/ESRC funded "Thriving at Work" project and requesting more information/a presentation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Katy Jones Worskshop Event: Universal Credit and 'in-work conditionality' - a productive turn? (17 October 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Katy Jones provided an event on Universal Credit and 'in-work conditionality' - a productive turn? held in Manchester at the 'Chamber of Commerce'; This was an interactive learning event exploring employer perspectives of in-work conditionality, its potential impact on firm behaviour and productivity.

Through Universal Credit, policymakers are considering the expansion of conditionality to those in work on a low income. Whilst policy specifics are developing (trialling is underway), the DWP's (2018, 10) "Employer Guide to Universal Credit" states that workers in receipt of UC, may be expected to: a) increase their hours, b) look for ways to progress in their current workplace, c) search for additional work with a different employer (i.e.take on multiple jobs), d) take up alternative work elsewhere (i.e. move jobs).

These expectations may be backed up by a combination of support (e.g. advice from Jobcentre staff/skills training) and sanctions (reduced/suspended payment if claimants do not comply with work-related requirements). Employers are key to outcomes arising from active labour market policies and their response to new expectations placed on low-income workers will be pivotal to the policy's outcomes. However, until now, no research has explored employer perspectives of UC, or likely impact of in-work conditionality on firm behaviour and productivity.Join us at this interactive learning event to hear about and discuss findings from a small pilot study exploring employer perspectives of in-work conditionality under Universal Credit, and potential implications for productivity. This event will also provide an opportunity to shape further research relating to this policy agenda.

Agenda:12:30 Lunch, 13:00 Findings presentation and discussion, 14:30 Close

The project is being delivered by researchers in Manchester Metropolitan University's Business School and is supported by the ESRC-funded Productivity Insights Network (PIN). Please contact project lead Dr Katy Jones at katy.jones@mmu.ac.uk for more details
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/universal-credit-and-in-work-conditionality-a-productive-turn-tickets...
 
Description Kirsty Newsome/Tim Vorley: Scottish Government Seminar (24 October 2019, Glasgow) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Kirsty Newsome and Tim Vorley provided the second seminar of the Scottish Government Series, based on their book chapter, 'Contemporary Work and Employment and the Productivity Puzzle'.

Again, the formal feedback form was not able to be circulated amongst attendees as Stephen has been short-staffed due to the departure of his colleague. However, once again the informal comments passed on to him noted the engagement and eagerness from Government colleagues in the topics raised by Tim and Kirsty. Tim Vorley commented that the discussion following the short presentation was very beneficial with many interesting and insightful comments and questions being fielded in relation to their chapter and the work of the network on various related themes.

The feedback seems to suggest that the Government are very keen for the network's work to influence their own work and therefore reported a change in their options/expected behaviours following the session.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://drive.google.com/file/d/1CIeX03iIJdpYzizb_u2MIAGTHQaOMgHW/view?usp=sharing
 
Description Leaza McSorley: ESRC Research in Productivity and Well-Being - Mapping workshop, CUSP Project (11 September 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Wellbeing and Productivity: Leaza McSorley will be involved in an initial mapping workshop to be held in London on the 11th of September 2019 around the CUSP project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.cusp.ac.uk/themes/s2/funding-productivity-puzzle/
 
Description Leaza McSorley: Scottish Government Seminar (4 October 2019, Glasgow) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Leaza McSorley is the lead contact with the Scottish Government and was paramount to setting up the series of seminars for the Network.

The Scottish Government, Economic Policy Unit, Economic Policy and Capability Division want to organise a series of seminars based around the forthcoming PIN 'productivity perspectives' book? All the chapters are relevant and interesting but they are hoping we might be able to prioritise some including; Leaza McSorley's chapter on Inequality, Well-being and (inclusive) productivity growth, Kirsty Newsome and Tim Vorley's on Quality of Work, Employment satisfaction and Firm-Level productivity, Iain Docherty and David Waite's on infrastructure, and some others. (please note that the chapter headings will have changed since the initial liaison with the Scottish Government due to the ongoing publishing editing process).

The seminars will be for around 25 senior SG policymakers and is a closed internal only event for Scottish Government colleagues only. They can pay travel and, if necessary, accommodation costs. Format: Around 2 hours. Approx. 45 minutes presentation from PIN member, followed by discussion. One chapter/topic per session is probably best. However, it would be good to have a few other PIN team members there to support the discussion.
Location: Scottish Government offices in Glasgow.
Dates: Starting in September 2019 and ongoing throughout the remaining months and start of 2020.

Leaza kicked-off the series with a session on 4 October, at Atlantic Quay, Glasgow. The seminar/formal working group for Government employees only was linked to her chapter 'Inequality, Well-Being and (Inclusive) Productivity Growth' within the forthcoming "Productivity Perspectives" book which will be released in early 2020. Following the initial seminar, Leaza provided positive feedback during a co-investigator catch up on the engagement of the government and the level of detail that they expect and the format of the day which is to inform the rest of the series. Though the feedback survey for this session was unable to be circulated amongst attendees due to a staffing issue within the Government team, some informal feedback from our main contact within the Scottish Government provided comments that were also positive and echoed those made by Leaza on the level of engagement and the enthusiasm for the series. With our contact, Stephen Boyd noting that many of the upcoming seminars were already booked to capacity with some requiring a larger space to be booked to accommodate all interested parties.

The series to date has received very positive feedback and meaningful conversations with the Scottish Government. Various other Co-Is have links within the Government including Gary Dymski, who unfortunately was unable to do a seminar this time around. The sessions have led to a number of related meetings within the Government related various themes and specialisms. Further activity is expected with Leaza heading up a number of activities. A further series in a discussion, which would link to further Co-I work.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://drive.google.com/file/d/1HqCxhZqk8SDEG8wDdKgFhX0fufglV4e3/view?usp=sharing
 
Description Media coverage of Katy Jones at House of Lords on 25 Febraury 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Giving evidence in Parliament - daunting, but worth it, Dr Katy Jones (Evidence based policy, Decent Work and Productivity, Universal Credit. Public Service Reform)
Katy Jones on her experience of giving evidence to a parliamentary committee at https://mcrmetropolis.uk/improving-understanding-of-impacts-of-universal-credit/
and also picked up at https://www.24housing.co.uk/news/universal-credit-policies-conflict-with-the-realities-of-work/.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://mcrmetropolis.uk/improving-understanding-of-impacts-of-universal-credit/
 
Description Newsletter (February 2020) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The February Edition of the Newsletter hightlighted some key aspects from the network including;
IN Conference 2020

You are warmly invited to join us at the second Productivity Insights Network conference on 1 April 2020 in Firth Hall, University of Sheffield! PIN2020 will bring together some of the greatest minds in research, policy and business to discuss the next steps we can take to address the productivity puzzle in the UK.
Register your place.

Keynote speakers:
Andrew G Haldane, Chief Economist at the Bank of England.
Dr. Robert D. Atkinson, President of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF).
Special Guests & Panel Discussants include:
Lord Jim O'Neill - Lord O'Neill is Chair of the Productivity Insights Network's International Advisory Board
Tera Allas CBE - Director of Research and Economics in McKinsey's UK and Ireland Office, Former Deputy Head of the UK Government Economic Service
Lord Bob Kerslake - Lord Kerslake is Chair of the UK2070 Commission and former Head of the UK Civil Service
Ben Jones - CBI Principal Economist.
Professor Ashwin Kumar - Professor of Social Policy in the Policy Evaluation Research Unit at Manchester Metropolitan University and former Chief Economist for Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
Professor Ron Martin - Professor of Economic Geography at the University of Cambridge.
Bridget Rosewell CBE - Commissioner for the National Infrastructure Commission, Former Chief Economic Adviser to the Greater London Authority
Thank you to all those who provided feedback on last year's event, which we have used to develop an exciting agenda for PIN2020. Please be aware that places are limited by venue capacity.
Recent Publications

New Project Reports:
Raising Productivity, Housing the Economy
Insecure Employment and Mental Health: One Pathway in the Productivity Puzzle.
Product Market Concentration and Productivity in the UK
Inclusive Innovation: Sustaining productivity and socio-economic inclusion through innovation centres, hubs and districts.
New Blogs
Beyond the silver bullet approach to raising productivity - Stephen Boyd
Harnessing productivity through inclusive innovation in the North West - Dr Lara Pecis
Employers and employees can benefit from reducing insecure employment - Dr Daniel Kopasker and Professor Catia Montagna
Interesting Reading:
Industrial Strategy Council Report: UK Regional Productivity Differences: An Evidence Review. PIN was pleased to provide input for this report by Dr Robert Zymek and Ben Jones.
Can Good Work Solve the Productivity Puzzle?: The RSA and Carnegie UK trust produced this fascinating collection of essays.
Recent Events

Dr Jen Nelles recently shared her innovative work with the Northern Ireland Department for the Economy in a webinar hosted by the CECAN research centre.
Gender Dimensions of the Productivity Puzzle (4th February): PIN members were pleased to hold a round table discussion with members of the Commission on a Gender Equal Economy and guests. Watch this space for the blog report!
Industrial Strategy Council Academic Roundtable (22nd January): PIN brought together academic expertise to provide feedback on emerging findings from the Council's Insight Project on 'place'.
Productivity and Green Growth (16th January): Together with ESRC funded Place-based Climate Action Network we hosted a forum for engineering and manufacturing businesses, which included an input from Ed Miliband MP.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://mailchi.mp/2c1bedf0116b/sept-oct-666820?e=af336612cd
 
Description Newsletter - April 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The purpose of the Newsletter is to reach the wider PIN network with the latest news, activity and upcoming events.

The April issue highlighted the following aspects:

• Follow up from the #PIN2019 Conference held on 13 March 2019
• Launce of the second round of funding for small projects and Pioneer projects
• Latest blogs
• Upcoming events
• Events from PIN friends and partners
• Publications
• PINboard

PIN Conference 2019

The impact from the update from the Conference presented the keynotes and provided a short video from the event as well as the information on the panel sessions from the events.



Could you find a piece of the puzzle?

The conference and the newsletter also provided a forum to present the upcoming funding opportunities for the second round of small grant and Pioneer funded projects.

Latest Blogs

The Newsletter also directed the wider network to the latest blogs, which provide an overview of the work the network has been doing in line with funded projects and beyond.

Upcoming Events, Events from PIN friends and partners and Publications

The events noted the upcoming roundtable in relation to the UK's Industrial Strategy, Stronger Towns Fund and the experiences of regional businesses. As well as some interesting events by Pin partners such as Nesta's Innovation Growth Lab (IGL) conference in May, the British Academy of Management event and State of Small Business Britain Conference both in June.
The outcome of the inclusion of these events was that the network received expressions of interest regarding the Roundtables and promotion of the partner events ensured the wider network was aware of the relevant events. The recent publications presented the findings from three small grant funded projects with CFE Research, City-REDI and Newcastle University, which highlight the reach of Network through the ESRC, funding of related productivity projects and links to various partners exploring topics in the wider remit of related research and topics.

PINboard

The PINBoard featured the Business Basics Fund in the April edition, which had a call for proposals;

"The Business Basics Fund, administered by Innovate UK on behalf of BEIS, is available to support projects that test and build evidence of innovative methods that encourage SMEs to adopt productivity-boosting technology and/or management practices. Details of the latest call for proposals which closes on the 17 April can be found here.

The Innovation Growth Lab based at Nesta is supporting the delivery of this fund, this includes a matchmaking process for potential applicants. Several projects are seeking research and evaluation partners their details can be found here."

The outcome and impact from the inclusion of the call was aimed to increase interest within the wider network in the opportunity and to encourage partners to submit proposals where appropriate.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://mailchi.mp/0ba1f215de32/insights_spring2019?e=af336612cd
 
Description Newsletter - Febraury 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The purpose of the newsletter is to reach the wider PIN network with the latest news and activity and upcoming events.

The February issue highlighted the following aspects:

• Invitation to attend the #PIN2019 Conference on 13 March 2019
• Latest News
• Recent articles
• Publications
• PINboard

Invitation to attend the #PIN2019 Conference on 13 March 2019

The main outcome and impact from the newsletter was that the wider network received an invite to attend the '#PIN2019 conference' in March 2019. The advertising of the event to the wider network, presented the exciting line-up of keynote speakers and the high-level panel discussion, which in turn helped to increase the overall attendance. The promotion reached wider audiences via the newsletter distribution, due to the variety of interested parties who have engaged with the network in signing up for the update. The promotion of the conference also gained further traction due to the reputation and high regard for the involved speakers and nature of the material to be presented which reached a wider range through dissemination of the information further to the email update itself.

Latest News, Recent articles and publications

The latest news from the network provided the wider network with an insight in to the work recently completed by network members. This work provides interesting awareness of not only the gaps in the productivity puzzle being addressed, but also information on the innovative work and research on related aspects of 'productivity' as the central economic challenge in the UK.
The outcome and impact from this inclusion within the newsletter saw more traffic reaching the relevant articles and publications on the website and therefore reaching the wider network audience.

PINboard

The PINboard presents an opportunity for the wider network to gain more involvement in the Network through linking up with existing researchers on work packages within projects and vice versa. The aim was to set up further conversations in relation to various ongoing research. Allowing practitioners and researchers to liaise and develop a collaboration looking at specific aspects or questions, which require further insight and/or experience.
The outcome and impact from the PINboard was that the collaborative opportunities were advertised to a broader field of practitioners and researchers, enabling positive conversations and work toward responding to open questions to be underway, leading to further questions and conversations in an ongoing process.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://mailchi.mp/856991d15995/insights_feb2019-444127?e=af336612cd
 
Description Newsletter - July 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The purpose of the Newsletter is to reach the wider PIN network with the latest news, activity and upcoming events.

The July issue highlighted the following aspects:

• Targeted Small Grants call open
• PhD internship opportunity
• Productivity Project Funding: Round 2
• PIN Special Sessions (Cambridge. 17 July 2019)
• Latest Blogs
• Recent Publications

With respect to the Targeted Small Grants call open call: The Network is seeking insights within specific research areas of productivity and invites proposals investigating productivity in relation to: UK business investment (including financialisation) behavior; infrastructure and/or land use; and sustainability. Within the initial review of where the network has reached and the nature of its projects and related work packages, these aspects were identified as areas where 'pieces of the puzzle' could be addressed.

In terms of the PhD internship opportunity: A further, targeted responsive project has been funded with respect to Productivity and systems in Norther Ireland. There was an opportunity for an intern to work closely with the network and also the Northern Ireland Department for the Economy. The key aims of the project are to develop a path-breaking process for understanding the productivity puzzle in the context of the Northern Ireland Economy 2030 Industrial Strategy and a working model of a mapping process that can be used in other contexts.
From this, an event with NI DfE and PIN will take place in September and building on the conversation within, there will be further discussion and additional impact on a broader scale.

In relation to the Productivity Project Funding: Round 2: Following the public call, which closed in May, the newsletter also took the opportunity to announce the successful eight projects; four small grants and four pioneer. In addition, a vlog from the Thriving at work pioneer project completed in June 2019 was included in the correspondence - highlighting some of the key findings and outcomes from this productivity-funded project.

The Network presented the PIN Special Sessions (Cambridge. 17 July 2019). The Regional Science Association International - British and Irish Section (RSAI-BIS) 47th conference was held in Cambridge in July, and within the Network provided a series of 'special sessions' with a livestream on twitter for the duration of the event. The sessions were based on the following questions; 'How can big data and open algorithms improve the UK's productivity policy? What does inclusive productivity growth look like?' Across one day of expert insight and discussion, representative from the network unpacked these questions by looking at the latest research coming out of the wider Productivity Insights Network and partners.

Regarding the 'Latest Blogs and Recent Publications': A number of blogs and recent publications were brought to the attention of the wider network in the July issue; including two blogs with the Early Career Researchers Network in mind; in terms of being authored by an ECR network member or looking at how ECR colleagues are changing the tone of the debate. There was also a blog in relation to one of the pioneer projects, which was completed in June 2019 and has had a significant impact on sustainable return to work. As well as a timely response to Chris Giles' piece "Britain's Regional Divide is Smaller than it First Appears", Financial Times 9 May 2019 by the principle Investigator, Philip McCann. There were a number of highlighted publications, which provided a summary of the outcomes of the Productivity Funded projects, either small grants or pioneer projects that were completed in June.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://mailchi.mp/256b62669574/summernewsletter?e=af336612cd
 
Description Newsletter - October 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The purpose of the Newsletter is to reach the wider PIN network with the latest news, activity and upcoming events.

The October issue highlighted the following aspects:

• Events
• Latest Blogs
• Recent Publications

Events
There are a number of upcoming and recent events within the Network and partners. These were outlined as below;

- PIN2020 Conference: Look out for exciting keynote speaker announcements in November! Registration opens on Monday 2 December. Check out last year's programme.
- Scottish Government Seminar series: Although these are closed sessions, we will be posting the slides here where possible.
- AI and Productivity series: PIN is supporting a series of events around the UK entitled "Boost your firm's productivity through AI adoption". For dates see the Managing Partners' Forum.
- Achieving Sustainable Productivity: Listen to Professor Karina Nielsen sharing insights from her PIN project on how to support workers returning from long-term absence at a recent conference for HR practitioners.
- Making Sense of Productivity Research Across Sectors and Scales: Thanks to all those who joined us in London for this joint event with the Enterprise Research Centre - slides available here.
- Economic Policy in the Intangible Age: Professor Jonathan Haskel, member of PIN's International Advisory Board, will be giving the University of Sheffield's 2019 Knoop Lecture on 19th November.

Latest Blogs and Recent Publications

A number of blogs and recent publications were brought to the attention of the wider network in the October issue including; Universal Credit and In-Work Conditionality - a productive turn? By Dr Katy Jones; The time has come to sharpen the focus on productivity By Dr Vicki Belt; Calling all researchers; a new PIN funding opportunity by Kate Penney; Getting rich slowly: how to achieve sustainable earnings growth by Jonathan Boys. The was also a call to ask if the wider network would like to contribute or provide a blog; "Would you like to write for the PIN blog? Get in touch!"

In terms of publications; Check out our publications page for the full list. Within the October issue, some highlights were noted including the full report by Dr Katy Jones on her PIN funded small project, which goes alongside the recent blog; "Universal Credit and In-Work Conditionality (Briefing Note and Small Project Report)". As well as Measuring the Regional Skills Mismatches and Access to Jobs (Pioneer Project Report) and Unpicking the Productivity Narrative in UK Manufacturers (Pioneer Project Report) from two Pioneer funded projects by various colleagues at Nesta nda another by Professor Jill MacBryde and her team. Elsewhere, PIN International Advisory Board member Dr Ekkehard Ernst and colleagues provide a publication on The Economics of Artificial Intelligence: implications for the Future of Work.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://mailchi.mp/f4fe078ea4f5/sept-oct?e=f722bfb3d8
 
Description Northern Ireland Tobin (9 September 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The Productivity Puzzle: Causes and Consequences of Stagnating Productivity. Growth and how to Reboot Productivity Growth. Round table event. 9th September, 2019, 10:45 - 15.00. Department for the Economy, 39-49 Adelaide St, Belfast, BT2 8FD.

This round table event, hosted by Department for the Economy (DfE) and the Productivity Insights Network (PIN), will explore the causes and consequences of stagnating productivity growth in Northern Ireland (NI). The Productivity Insights Network aim to foster social science wide perspectives on the productivity puzzle that make a contribution to research, policy and practice. The event aims to help stakeholders to gain a better understanding of different perceptions and approaches to productivity, in the context of the NI Industrial Strategy, and to connect people already working, researching and making policies in this area.

The round table event will begin with a context-setting overview of the NI Industrial Strategy provided by Keith Forster (Senior Economic Policy Adviser, DfE). Professor Philip McCann (Co-Director, PIN) will then speak on the UK regional productivity picture, drawing on the latest
research and work of PIN's partners. Shane Murphy (Director of Analytical Services, DfE) will then focus thoughts on the key barriers, constraints and opportunities in the NI context. The first section will close with in-depth discussion involving all participants, focusing on policy choices
that lie ahead, chaired by Professor Tim Vorley (Co-Director, PIN). After a break for lunch, the session will reconvene with a focus on productivity viewed through the lens of a number of the thematic pillars in the NI Industrial Strategy. Dr Karen Bonner (Lecturer in Entrepreneurship, Queens University Belfast) will discuss innovation as a driver and what we need to do differently. Dr Owen Sims (Senior Policy Adviser, CBI) will discuss the role of skills in productivity. Christine Robinson (Strategy, Policy & Partnership Manager, Belfast City Council) will present on taking a place based approach to productivity. Tom Reid (Director, Department for Infrastructure) will provide thoughts on the role of infrastructure. Dr Jen Nelles
and Professor Tim Vorley will then outline the benefits of taking a systems approach to productivity and introduce their project working with the DfE. To close, there will be an open discussion on the future of productivity in NI, chaired by Professor Philip McCann.

In terms of impact, the roundtable was well received and Jen Nelles continues to work on a responsive project in this area related to the systems approach. There is keen interest in this area and Jen has developed links with a wide reach. The initial responsive small project was awarded some additional resource and will continue to grow with further investment from the network.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://drive.google.com/file/d/1PHY3x32zovc_2p4HSeoHpx-UpFQLGLK4/view?usp=sharing
 
Description Nottingham University Productivity Group 11/07/18 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact KP visited the Nottingham Productivity Network to make contacts, share information about how they can engage with PIN and inform them about the funding call.
Audience: Interdisciplinary academics involved with an interest in some aspect of productivity research
What it aims to achieve: We aim to engage them in the work of the network by explaining our approach and the 2nd round of productivity funding
Why this matters: Strengthen the capacity of the network by building bridges and increasing our profile in this space.
Encourage more/greater quality applications for funding/other opportunities that arise.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description PIN Blogs 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact List of PIN blogs written by the core team, co-Is and the wider network
1. How Business Schools Can Help Unlock the Productivity Puzzle! Feb 2018
2. Productivity debate needs a reboot, in theory and practice
3. Productivity: Why you really should care March 2018
4. Thoughts from our Advisory Board Chair, Lord Jim O'Neill May 2018
5. Delivering productivity the Labour way? June 2018
6. Shovel ready, but for what? July 2018
7. The Role of Local Large Firms in the Performance of New Firm
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018,2019
URL https://productivityinsightsnetwork.co.uk/news-blog/
 
Description PIN as key note speaker at the Nottingham University Retail conference on productivity (Professor Tim Vorley) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact As PIN is not based on sectors as such this was a good opportunity to engage with an academic retail conference based on productivity. Objectives listed below. Delivered by Professor Tim Vorley
Sharing of cutting edge insights with a Key User Community (businesses)
-Build bridges with business for future collaboration and knowledge exchange(contacts for involvement in PPF/responsive work).

Why this matters Meeting key impact and comms objectives of:
-Gaining buy-in from business community.
-Feedback & questions will allow us to refine presentation of insights so they
are "both accessible and useful to primary user communities".
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description PIN launch event 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Official launch of the network where we publicly presented our analysis of the gaps in UK productivity research for the first time and open applications to our Productivity Projects Fund which aims to target identified gaps,through collaborative research.
• Theme: The complexity of the 'productivity puzzle' requires a collaborative approach to generate insights that can have impact; bringing together partners across government, private sector and civil society.
• Purpose: To generate awareness of the factors involved in the productivity puzzle across the UK and to build commitment to a collaborative approach to deepening our
understanding of the drivers and inhibitors of productivity in areas that show promise.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://productivityinsightsnetwork.co.uk/2018/05/
 
Description PIN/ERC "Meanings of Productivity" Event - Making sense of productivity research across sectors and scales. 1 October 2019, 13.00 - 15.00 @ The Shard - London 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Making sense of productivity research across sectors and scales, Tuesday 1st October 2019, 13.00 - 15.00 WBS @ The Shard - London
In collaboration with the Enterprise Research Centre (ERC) PIN delivered a session at the Shard, London, on Meanings of Productivity. Conversations with partners from different sectors has highlighted an inconsistency in how productivity is understood. A universal definition of productivity is not easily applicable in practice due to its varied
interpretation across sectors and scales. Measures of productivity can become confused making it difficult to gain an accurate picture about the impact on individuals, firms, sectors, supply chains and regions. This session was jointly hosted by the Productivity Insights Network (PIN) and the Enterprise Research Centre (ERC) to explore the different approaches and insights of productivity research on regions, sectors, supply-chains, firms and individuals. Through interdisciplinary conversations between researchers, civil servants, UKRI and business representatives, participants will help to develop an understanding of different perspectives on productivity. Contributors; Professor Philip McCann, Dr Vicki Belt, Professor Nigel Driffield, Professor Stephen Roper, Dr Temitope Akinremi, Dr Katy Jones, Professor Tim Vorley Conversations with partners from different sectors has highlighted an inconsistency in how productivity is understood. A universal definition of productivity is not easily applicable in practice due to its varied interpretation across sectors and scales. Measures of productivity can become confused making it difficult to gain an accurate picture about the impact on individuals, firms, sectors, supply chains and regions. This session is jointly hosted by the Productivity Insights Network (PIN) and the Enterprise Research Centre (ERC) to explore the different approaches and insights of productivity research on regions, sectors, supply-chains, firms and individuals. Through interdisciplinary conversations between researchers, civil servants, UKRI and business representatives, participants will help to develop an understanding of different perspectives on productivity. The event will take place on Tuesday 1st October 2019 in central London between 13.00 and 15.00.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://drive.google.com/file/d/1dl9ug99AbBHriM1S8xzVWHWIuuSS5Hkj/view?usp=sharing
 
Description Regional Science Association International - British and Irish Section (RSA-BIS) PIN Special Sessions: Live Stream on Twitter (17 July 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact 17th July 2019 | Howard Theatre, Downing College, Cambridge (Special Session of RSAIBIS Conference) How can big data and open algorithms improve the UK's productivity policy? What does inclusive productivity growth look like? Across one packed day of expert insights and discussion, we unpacked these questions by looking at the latest insights coming out of the wider Productivity Insights Network and partners.

These talks were special sessions of the RSAI-BIS conference and were organised by Dr Maria Abreu, Ben Gardiner and Professor Vania Sena. These Special Sessions brought together speakers from think tanks, government, the private sector and academe that are advancing the debate around the UK's productivity puzzle by asking questions at different scales, such as firms, cities and regions.

Attendance outside of the RSAI-BIS conference was capped to allow for a more interactive discussion between key stakeholders.

Topics included: • Productivity, inclusive growth and wellbeing • Regional productivity policy • Big data, open algorithms and productivity policy
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://t.co/pNdv456aMx?amp=1
 
Description Regional Science Association International - British and Irish Section (RSAI-BIS) PIN Special Sessions; University of Cambridge (17 July 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact 17th July 2019 | Howard Theatre, Downing College, Cambridge (Special Session of RSAIBIS Conference)

How can big data and open algorithms improve the UK's productivity policy? What does inclusive productivity growth look like?

Across one packed day of expert insights and discussion, we unpacked these questions by looking at the latest insights coming out of the wider Productivity Insights Network and partners. Full programme available here. These talks were special sessions of the RSAI-BIS conference and were organised by Dr Maria Abreu, Ben Gardiner and Professor Vania Sena.

These Special Sessions brought together speakers from think tanks, government, the private sector and academe that are advancing the debate around the UK's productivity puzzle by asking questions at different scales, such as firms, cities and regions. Attendance outside of the RSAI-BIS conference was capped to allow for a more interactive discussion between key stakeholders.

Topics included:
• Productivity, inclusive growth and wellbeing
• Regional productivity policy
• Big data, open algorithms and productivity policy
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://productivityinsightsnetwork.co.uk/portfolio/productivity-insights-network-special-sessions-1...
 
Description Royal Economic Society Sessions at EWEPA (12 June 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Philip McCann will be delivering a presentation. Richard Harris, Jen Nelles and Ben Gardiner contributed as speakers to the Royal Economic Society sessions at the European Workshop on Efficiency and Productivity Analysis (EWEPA). Each presenting (roughly a 20 minute session + 10 min Q&A on 12th June. There wass flexibility to choose the topic in line with the overall conference themes. The Bank of England also confirmed two presentations at these sessions. There was also be representation from HM Treasury and RES.

The RES special sessions at Senate House on Weds 12th June at Senate House, London. Please find the running order and further information below.

**Please note that the running order differs from the website and printed material** - Jen Nelles (co-author on the systems piece) will be presenting via video link from New York in the 14.00 slot, Philip will be in the 11am slot. Please note that you have up to 30 mins for your session - please allow around 10 mins for Q&A interaction. Please attend the 2pm slot to represent PIN and to engage in discussion with Jen and the Bank of England presenters.
Slides Thank you for slides already sent, which will be passed onto the session chair to have them ready for you. If possible, please provide your slides to me by Monday evening cc'ing your session chair (k.glass@lboro.ac.uk or A.J.Glass@lboro.ac.uk).

(RES) SPECIAL SESSION: UK PRODUCTIVITY PUZZLE I
11:00-12:30, Woburn Room
Session Chair: Karligash Glass
Presentation 1: Philip McCann - 'Do Regional Productivity Differences Matter?' Presentation 2: Ben Gardiner - 'Powering Up the Core Cities' Presentation 3: Richard Harris - 'Does Spatial Clustering Raise Firm Productivity? Evidence from British Manufacturing'

(RES) SPECIAL SESSION: UK PRODUCTIVITY PUZZLE II
14:00-15:30, Woburn Room
Session Chair: Anthony Glass
Presentation 1: Jen Nelles - 'The Systems Approach to Productivity'
Presentation 2: Nikola Dacic and Marko Melolinna, Bank of England: 'The Granular Origins of Productivity Dynamics in the UK' Presentation 3: Sandra Batten and Pawel Smietanka, Bank of England: 'The Innovation Characteristics of Frontier and Laggard Firms'

Background: These sessions are part of the EWEPA conference ("the leading biennial conference devoted to the methodology and application of productivity, efficiency and performance analysis of organisations") - EWEPA will be attended by around 250 UK and international academics and practitioners. Full conference programme with list of attendees attached (pg. 100). You are welcome to take part in the full day of the 12th as guests of Anthony Glass. Day attendance is paid for by the Royal Economic Society.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://www.ewepa.org/
 
Description Vlog: Jo Yarker on Pioneer project and 'Thriving at work' - July 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Following the successful Pioneer project by Karina Nielsen (University of Sheffield) and Jo Yarker (Affinity Health at Work) and Hannah Evans (University of Sheffield), Jo Yarker presents the vlog regarding the Pioneer project and 'Thriving at work'.

Within the vlog, Jo notes that they have successfully created the IGLOO framework, which has been developed to support absence from work due to mental ill health. The resource provides support for the individual, the leader, the group and the organisational level and looks to assist with keeping returnees to work, back in to work.
The vlog notes some of the actions that can be implemented easily to assist with return to work for all parties ensuring flexibility and accessibility to support and resources.

Further to the vlog, we have received confirmation that the IGLOO framework has been rolled out to a number of organisations including within the National Rail Industry through RSSB, which has a workforce of 240,000.
The team have also been asked to speak at a number of events, one of which Karina Nielsen has recorded a podcast and the impact of the work is still increasing with further papers being accepted in relation to this project and its findings.
We have also created an impact case study in relation to this project due to the success it has achieved.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s2WTi_p0f0A