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League tables in the public sector

A forum held by the British Academy Policy Centre on 19 January 2011.

A forum held by the British Academy Policy Centre on 19 January 2011.

The increasingly widespread use of league tables across the public sector has been identified both as an important means of promoting accountability but also as a cause for concern. In areas as diverse as education, healthcare and criminal justice, questions have been raised about the ethical and social impact of league tables, as well as their technical accuracy.

The British Academy Policy Centre has therefore established a committee to investigate the impact of public sector performance indicators and league tables. This forum was held to bring together a select group of policymakers and academics to consider a range of questions relating to these issues.

List of participants

Stephen Ball FBA, Institute of Education
David Bartholomew FBA, London School of Economics and Political Science
Phil Baty, Times Higher Education
Paul Black, Kings College London
Selina Chen, British Academy
Rob Copeland, University and College Union
Colin Crouch FBA, University of Warwick
Stephen Crump, University of Newcastle
Beth Foley, British Academy
Howard Glennerster FBA, London School of Economics and Political Science
Harvey Goldstein FBA, University of Bristol
Yvonne Hawkins, Higher Education Funding Council for England
Ellen Hazelkorn, Dublin Institute of Technology
Christopher Hood FBA, University of Oxford
Siôn Humphreys, National Association of Head Teachers
Vivienne Hurley, British Academy
John Kirkpatrick, Audit Commission
George Leckie, University of Bristol
Jovan Luzajic, Universities UK
Amobi Modu, Home Office
Mike Pidd, Lancaster University Management School
Bernard Silverman, Home Office
Deborah Wilson, University of Bristol

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