Impacts and Outcomes of Local Authority Regulatory Services

Final Report

Published in: Impacts and Outcomes of Local Authority Regulatory Services (Birmingham, England : The Local Better Regulation Office, 2010), 143 p

Posted on RAND.org on January 01, 2010

by Jan Tiessen, Claire Celia, Lidia Villalba van Dijk, Anais Reding, Christian Van Stolk, Tom Ling

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Local authorities and their regulatory services today operate in a changing policy environment shaped by the forces of increasing devolution of responsibilities to the local level, the extension of the better regulation agenda to the local level and a shift to streamlined, more outcome-oriented and joined-up performance management systems. For Local Authority Regulatory Services (LARS), which are branches of local government that enforce national and often also European regulation at the local level, these changes create a number of challenges, including on to demonstrate their value and impact, to shift towards an outcome focus and to ensure sufficient funding for their services. Against this background this report establishes what is currently known about the impacts and outcomes of LARS and develops an understanding of the intervention logic behind five different aspects of the work of LARS: fair trading, health and safety in the workplace, fly-tipping, smoking cessation, and reduction of alcohol harm. In five case studies a 'theory of change' approach is used to identify the variety of impacts LARS contribute to, and how LARS interacts with other services in achieving these impacts. Finally, this report contains a toolkit that could be used by LARS officials to assess the outcomes and wider impact of their own activities.

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