The Centre for the Microeconomic Analysis of Public Policy at IFS promotes the development of effective policy through the widespread dissemination of our independent research. Researchers communicate closely with policy makers, academics, the private sector and the public to inform debate on policy issues. The impacts listed below provide some examples of how our research has influenced others.

It is through generous funding from the ESRC that CPP at IFS is able to carry out high-impact research with impartiality and rigour.

The IFS has received funding from the ESRC to increase the impact of our research.

Economics of the police: recruitment, retention and finance

IFS researchers have recently concluded a two-year ESRC-funded research project which analysed three broad areas of policing: recruitment, retention and finance. The researchers obtained access to innovative data sets and have presented their findings at academic conferences and in meetings with the Home Office, the Police Foundation and the College of Policing, amongst others. This work has gained extensive press attention, contributing to ongoing political debate and policy development.

School breakfast club provision

Children who come to school hungry are less attentive, more disruptive and less likely to understand and remember the day’s lessons. UK policymakers have tried to address these problems by implementing school nutrition programmes. IFS research has examined the impacts of providing free universal before-school breakfast clubs in disadvantaged primary schools in England. Results suggest that breakfast clubs can improve test scores in these schools by a similar amount and at a lower cost than other school nutrition programmes. The research contributed to a growing evidence base regarding school nutrition programmes, as well as policy proposals during the 2017 General Election.

Pensions and living standards and the public debate

Drawing on research into living standards and inequality and on retirement and pensions in the UK, Paul Johnson delivered the inaugural annual lecture of the Pensions Management Institute on the 20th October 2015. The lecture, 'Pension policy – where have we been, where are we going?' was taken up in the media and contributed to the debate about pensioner incomes.