We publish research reports and briefing papers under the following five main categories. Click a category below or use the search box to find what you are looking for.
Elusive quality: how should we evaluate higher education?
This briefing paper provides an overview of the current system of quality assessment in higher education, exploring how well it functions and the main criticisms levied at it. The report also identifies four tasks for the Government should it want to design a better system of quality assessment.
|Published:||19 November 2020|
London coronavirus economy tracker – November 2020
Key findings: The latest claimant count data show unemployment continuing to rise in London. Between August and October, the claimant count increased by 1.2% in the capital, compared with a...
|Published:||18 November 2020|
|Author(s):||Amy Norman, Scott Corfe|
Job switching and wage growth for low-income workers
This paper is draws upon a Social Market Foundation roundtable held in early-March 2020. Whilst the economic context has changed considerably, long-run issues surrounding wage growth - and disparities between job switchers and stayers - are likely to remain unchanged.
|Published:||12 November 2020|
|Author(s):||James Kirkup, Kathryn Petrie|
(Adult) education, education, education
This report explores the role that adult education does and could play in improving the labour market outcomes of low-income households. It draws on desk research, quantitative analysis and in-depth interviews with both participants and non-participants in adult education from low-income households, and provides a series of policy considerations
|Published:||12 November 2020|
|Author(s):||Aveek Bhattacharya, Scott Corfe, Amy Norman|
Boiler alert: addressing the challenges and trade-offs from the decarbonisation of home heat
Informed by a recent expert roundtable and polling evidence commissioned for the SMF, the report highlights a lack of public understanding of Net Zero and the need to transition homes away from natural gas boilers.
|Published:||02 November 2020|
|Author(s):||Richard Hyde, Amy Norman|
The Government has committed to ensuring nationwide gigabit broadband coverage by 2025. This report finds that without significant policy reform, the Government is unlikely to meet its target of full fibre to the premises (FTTP) rollout within the next five years.
|Published:||07 October 2020|
|Author(s):||Scott Corfe, Richard Hyde, Kathryn Petrie|
Pathway to COP26: the role of green finance
This essay series, collected in partnership with the Chartered Banker Institute, explores the role of green finance in the lead up to COP26 and the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic.
|Published:||06 October 2020|
|Author:||Social Market Foundation|
A market for residential care services
This report, which draws on discussions from a roundtable held on the eve of the coronavirus outbreak, analyses the performance of the residential care market in England.
|Published:||22 September 2020|
|Author(s):||Kathryn Petrie, James Kirkup|