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Research pause

FOI 6262 Firstly some background information on the purpose of the pause in research. The Home Secretary asked for a short pause in publications…

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FOI 6262

Firstly some background information on the purpose of the pause in research. The Home Secretary asked for a short pause in publications whilst he considered how HO publications should be dealt with in future and so as new Home Secretary he could take a look at what is on the stocks and in the pipeline.

As part of the reform process following the reforms announced by John Reid in July we have now put in steps to improve the quality of Home Office research including:

(i) Strengthening the quality assurance processes for research, including the use of external peer review as well as external review of our internal processes for commissioning new work

(ii) Developing a new format for research publications that are shorter, more succinct and aimed specifically at supporting the development and delivery of Home Office policy.
The publication of research resumed at the end of last year.

I attach below a list of research projects that at the time of your request were directly affected by the pause. .You further requested the costs to the department for each project. We have disclosed this information for known costs of each project that has been completed and is ready for publication.