Why the ILG?
At a time of unprecedented financial and economic constraints, there is a growing demand to transform the way in which public services are delivered. Enhanced collaboration between the North East's universities and public sector can make a significant contribution to tackling these challenges. The ILG is a key ally through transformation and change, in replacing research and intelligence capacity lost as a result of the changing regional architecture, it can play a vital role in providing a robust evidence base for decision making by public sector partners during their transformation processes.
Whilst there are already many excellent bilateral working relationships between individual universities and public sector organisations, many believe more could be achieved through greater collaboration and partnership working.
Much research undertaken in our universities is directly relevant to the local governance agenda but there is limited awareness or use of this research in local government or indeed more widely across the public sector.
There can sometimes be an atmosphere of mistrust and misunderstanding between the worlds of practice and research. These difficulties reflect different priorities and ways of working in the generation and use of research. Both worlds also share much in common in their requirements for information gathering, analysis and knowledge transfer.
The ILG is an intermediary, building bridges by tackling cultural and institutional barriers and facilitating collaboration for mutual benefit. It has a proven track record of delivery in brokering and facilitating useful research projects on time and to budget, in fostering a collegiate and open approach and the projects to date have delivered outcomes that have been welcomed and are making a difference.