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Professor Sandra Nutley

Professor Sandra Nutley

BA Hons, B Phil, DMS, PhD

Emeritus Professor of Public Policy and Management

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Research Unit for Research Utilisation (RURU)

Biography

Sandra has a first degree in sociology from Durham University, a (postgraduate) B Phil in Latin American Studies (Liverpool University), a Postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies (Birmingham Polytechnic) and a PhD in Management (Aston University). She has worked at the Universities of Lancaster, Aston, Edinburgh, Queen Mary (London) and St Andrews. Prior to her academic career, she worked in local government in the UK. Since joining academia, she has been seconded to work with several public sector organisations, including the National Health Service and the Scottish Government. She has also worked on a consultancy basis with a wide range of public and voluntary sector organisations. From 2005-2011 she was a non-executive member of the Social Work Inspection Agency Board in Scotland. She has served as a member of several policy advisory groups, including working in an advisory capacity with provincial/ state governments in Australia and Canada. Sandra is former Co-Director of the Research Unit for Research Utilisation (RURU), which is a research collaboration that investigates the use of social science research in public policy and service delivery settings. She also serves on the editorial boards of several academic journals including Evidence & Policy, Public Administration, and Public Money and Management.

Research specialisms

Sandra's research centres on two core areas: understanding and improving research use and impact in public policy and practice contexts; and performance management systems, with a particular focus on public service audit and inspection regimes. She has published widely in both of these areas. She has wider research interests in public management reform and managing change.

The book chapter, "Knowledge mobilisation: creating sharing and using knowledge", written by Sandra with Huw Davies, can be viewed via RURU publications.

Recent Publications

Books

What works now? Evidence-informed policy and practice
Boaz, A. (ed.), Davies, H. T. O. (ed.), Fraser, A. (ed.) & Nutley, S. M. (ed.), 27 Mar 2019, Bristol: Policy Press. 418 p.
Research output: Book/ReportBook

Knowledge and practice in business and organisations
Orr, K. M. (ed.), Nutley, S. M. (ed.), Russell, S. L. (ed.), Bain, R. (ed.), Hacking, B. (ed.) & Moran, C. (ed.), 26 Apr 2016, New York: Routledge. 256 p. (Routledge advances in organizational learning and knowledge management; vol. 2)
Research output: Book/ReportBook

Improving skills and care standards in the support workforce for older people: a realist synthesis of workforce development interventions
Nutley, S. M., Rycroft-Malone, J., Burton, C., Williams, L., Edwards, S., Fisher, D., Hall, B., McCormack, B., Seddon, D. & Williams, R., Apr 2016, 12 ed. London: National Institute for Health Research Service Delivery and Organisation. https://doi.org/10.3310/hsdr04120
Research output: Book/ReportOther report

Mobilising knowledge to improve UK health care: learning from other countries and other sectors – a multi-method mapping study
Davies, H. T. O., Powell, A. E. & Nutley, S. M., Jul 2015, Southampton: National Institute for Health Research Service Delivery and Organisation. 220 p. (Health Services and Delivery Research; vol. 3 (27)) https://doi.org/10.3310/hsdr03270
Research output: Book/ReportOther report

What counts as good evidence
Nutley, S. M., Powell, A. E. & Davies, H. T. O., Feb 2013, London: Alliance for Useful Evidence. 40 p.
Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

Evidence for accountability: Using evidence in the audit, inspection and scrutiny of UK government
Levitt, R., Martin, S., Nutley, S. M. & Solesbury, W., 2010, London: Nuffield Foundation.
Research output: Book/ReportOther report

 

Chapters

Exploring and mapping the knowledge and practice terrain
Nutley, S. M., Bain, R., Moran, C., Orr, K. M. & Russell, S. L., 3 May 2016, Knowledge and Practice in Business and Organisations. Orr, K., Nutley, S., Russell, S., Bain, R., Hacking, B. & Moran, C. (eds.). New York and London: Routledge, p. 234-246
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Knowledge mobilisation: creating, sharing and using knowledge
Nutley, S. M. & Davies, H. T. O., 3 May 2016, Knowledge and Practice in Business and Organisations. Orr, K., Nutley, S., Russell, S., Bain, R., Hacking, B. & Moran, C. (eds.). London: Routledge, p. 181-200
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Mobilizing knowledge in health care
Davies, H. T. O., Powell, A. E. & Nutley, S. M., 7 Apr 2016, Oxford Handbook of Health Care Management. Ferlie, E., Montgomery, K. & Reff Pedersen, A. (eds.). Oxford University Press https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780198705109.013.17
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Evidence-based policy and practice
Nutley, S. M. & Boaz, A., 2016, Public Management and Governance. Bovaird, T. & Loffler, E. (eds.). Third ed. Routledge
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Building the infrastructure to improve the use and usefulness of research in education
Nutley, S. M. & Tseng, V., 2014, Using research evidence in education: From the schoolhouse door to Capitol Hill. Finnigan, K. S. & Daly, A. J. (eds.). Springer, p. 163-175 (Policy implications of research in education; vol. 2). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-04690-7_11
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Benchmarking and the improvement end of the telescope
Nutley, S. M., Grace, C., Downe, J., Fenna, A., Knupling, F. & Martin, S., 2013, Benchmarking for improvement. Grace, C. (ed.). London: Solace Foundation
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Natural laboratory: Learning from a comparison of performance regimes in the UK
Nutley, S. M., Martin, S., Downe, J. & Grace, C., 2013, Benchmarking for improvement. Grace, C. (ed.). Solace Foundation
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Reflections on mobilising education research
Nutley, S. M., 2013, The Impact of Research in Education: An international perspective. Levin, B. (ed.). Bristol: Policy Press
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

What happens next? Getting research into policy and practice
Morton, S. & Nutley, S. M., 2011, Researching Families and Relationships: Reflections on Process. Jamieson, L., Simpson, R. & Lewis, R. (eds.). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Using evidence: how social research could be better used to improve public service performance
Davies, H. T. O., Nutley, S. & Walter, I., 2010, Connecting knowledge and performance in public services: from knowing to doing. Walshe, K., Harvey, G. & Jas, P. (eds.). Cambridge University Press, p. 199-225 https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511762000.011
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

 

Articles

New development: what works now? Continuity and change in the use of evidence to improve public policy and service delivery
Nutley, S., Boaz, A., Davies, H. & Fraser, A., 24 Apr 2019, In : Public Money & Management. 39, 4, 8 p. https://doi.org/10.1080/09540962.2019.1598202
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Facing the challenges of research-informed knowledge mobilization: ‘practising what we preach’?
Powell, A., Davies, H. T. O. & Nutley, S. M., Mar 2018, In : Public Administration. 96, 1, p. 36-52 37 p. https://doi.org/10.1111/padm.12365
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Missing in action? The role of the knowledge mobilisation literature in developing knowledge mobilisation practices
Powell, A., Davies, H. & Nutley, S., May 2017, In : Evidence & Policy. 13, 2, p. 201-223 23 p. https://doi.org/10.1332/174426416X14534671325644
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

New development: Turning around failing schools - lessons from Lahore
Irfan, S. & Nutley, S. M., 2017, In : Public Money & Management. 37, 1, p. 69-74 https://doi.org/10.1080/09540962.2016.1249597
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Improving skills and care standards in the support workforce for older people: a realist synthesis of workforce development interventions
Williams, L., Rycroft-Malone, J., Burton, C. R., Edwards, S., Fisher, D., Hall, B., McCormack, B., Nutley, S. M., Seddon, D. & Williams, R., 26 Aug 2016, In : BMJ Open. 6, 8, 11 p., e011964. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2016-011964
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Analysing performance assessment in public services: how useful is the concept of a performance regime?
Martin, S., Nutley, S. M., Downe, J. & Grace, C., Mar 2016, In : Public Administration. 94, 1, p. 129-145 17 p. https://doi.org/10.1111/padm.12206
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Improving skills and care standards in the support workforce for older people: a realist review
Rycroft-Malone, J., Burton, C., Hall, B., McCormack, B., Nutley, S. M., Seddon, D. & Willians, L., 30 May 2014, In : BMJ Open. 4, 5, 7 p., e005356. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2014-005356
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

New development: All change? Performance assessment regimes in UK local government
Martin, S., Downe, J., Grace, C. & Nutley, S. M., Jul 2013, Public Money & Management, 33, 4, p. 277-280 4 p. https://doi.org/10.1080/09540962.2013.799816
Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

Scrutinising performance: How assessors reach judgements about public services
Nutley, S. M., Levitt, R., Solesbury, W. & Martin, S., Dec 2012, In : Public Administration. 90, 4, p. 869-885 17 p. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9299.2011.02022.x
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Policy transfer and convergence within the UK: the case of local government performance improvement regimes
Nutley, S. M., Downe, J., Martin, S. & Grace, C., Apr 2012, In : Policy & Politics. 40, 2, p. 193-209 17 p. https://doi.org/10.1332/147084411X581880
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

An Exploration of the Roles of Nurse Managers in Evidence-Based Practice Implementation
Wilkinson, J. E., Nutley, S. M. & Davies, H. T. O., Dec 2011, In : Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing. 8, 4, p. 236-246 11 p. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1741-6787.2011.00225.x
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Evidence and organisation
Davies, H. T. O., Nutley, S. M. & Walter, I. C., 2011, Samfundsoekonomen, 1, March, p. 48-52.
Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

Linking research and policy in Scotland
Jung, T., Nutley, S., Morton, S. & Millar, A., May 2010, In : Evidence & Policy. 6, 2, p. 213-235 23 p. https://doi.org/10.1332/174426410X502455
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Validity, Utilization and Evidence-Based Policy: The Development and Impact of Performance Improvement Regimes in Local Public Services
Martin, S., Downe, J., Grace, C. & Nutley, S., Jan 2010, In : Evaluation. 16, 1, p. 31-42 12 p. https://doi.org/10.1177/1356389009350119
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Theories Of Public Service Improvement: A comparative analysis of local performance assessment frameworks
Downe, J., Grace, C., Martin, S. & Nutley, S. M., 2010, In : Public Management Review. 12, 5, p. 663-678 16 p. https://doi.org/10.1080/14719031003633201
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

 

Other publications

Debate: Using ideas from the West to improve education in Pakistan?
Irfan, S. & Nutley, S. M., Sep 2016, In : Public Money & Management. 36, 6, p. 396-397 2 p. https://doi.org/10.1080/09540962.2016.1206728
Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

Using research to influence family services and policies: issues and challenges
Morton, S., Nutley, S. M. & Phipps, D., Jul 2012, In : Families, Relationships and Society. 1, 2, p. 243-253
Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debate

Evidence and policy in six European countries: diverse approaches and common challenges
Nutley, S., Morton, S., Jung, T. & Boaz, A., May 2010, In : Evidence & Policy. 6, 2, p. 131-144 14 p. https://doi.org/10.1332/174426410X502275
Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

Debate: Are we all co-producers of research now?
Nutley, S., 2010, In : Public Money & Management. 30, 5, p. 263-265 3 p. https://doi.org/10.1080/09540962.2010.509170
Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

 

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Selected other information

  • In 2011 Sandra received the Campbell Collaboration’s Robert Boruch Award for her distinctive contribution to research that informs public policy.
  • Non-Executive Member of the Social Work Inspection Agency’s Management Board (2005-2011)
  • Chair the Scottish Funding Council’s (SFC) Knowledge Exchange in Public Policy Action Group (2006-2009)
  • Associate, then Deputy, Editor of Public Money and Management (2000 – 2004) and since then a member of the editorial board
  • Associate Editor of Evidence & Policy (2004 to date)
  • Member of the Editorial Board of Public Administration (2012 to date)
  • Member of the Editorial Board of the Social Policy Journal of New Zealand (2007 to date)
  • Member of the Scottish Government’s Changing Lives: Practice Governance group (2007-2011)
  • Member of the expert panel advising the Scottish Government’s independent review of regulation, audit, inspection and complaints handling of public services in Scotland (the Crerar Review - 2007)
  • Member of the Public Policy and Management Association
  • Member of the UK Evaluation Society
  • Member of the International Research Society on Public Management
What works? Evidence-based Policy and Practice in Public Services book cover‌  An Australian Handbook of Public Sector Management book cover‌  Using Evidence book cover‌   Knowledge and Practice in Business and Organisations - book cover