The Scottish Institute for Policing Research (SIPR) is providing funding to support a Rapid Evidence Assessment (REA) which will explore the tri-service collaboration between Fire, Ambulance and Police Services. We are seeking an exploration of the existing knowledge base of how the three services integrate, share resources, and work collaboratively. This work will help inform a ‘Collaborative Improvement Model’ for the Reform Collaboration Group (RCG) which is delivering on the ambitions set out in the Scottish Emergency Services Collaboration Strategy.
Data sources - we are looking for an assessment of the existing published academic research and ‘Grey Literature’ i.e. policy reports and/or self-published material from countries/organisations where this work has happened.
Timeframe for the literature: preference would be for an assessment of literature from the past 10 years. However, if there was a significant event in the field prior to this date, that literature could also be included.
Focus: The following three areas (depending on the volume of the literature available):
Applications are welcome from all researchers with priority given to staff based at one of the 14 SIPR member universities.
We encourage interdisciplinary partnerships and proposals can be submitted by a single institution or across member institutions (and can include national and international academic and non-academic partners). Additionally, creative ideas which engage practitioners with research are particularly encouraged. Applicants must have a contract of employment for the duration of the project.
A maximum of £4,000 (including VAT) is available to one successful application. We welcome proposals which include co-funding from other sources.
All applicants must be able to commence the project by Monday 20th September 2021 with an aim to have the project completed and the final report submitted by Friday 21st January 2022.
It is a requirement of this project that all work has been completed in time for the meeting of the tri-service Reform Collaboration Board in mid-February 2022 which is the Chief Officers and Board Chairs of the three Blue Light Services.
The successful team will be expected to present a summary of findings to the board at this meeting. The timetable below reflects the milestones that must be met in order for this deadline to be achieved.
Friday 11th June 2021
Sunday 15th August 2021
Award Panel Meets
Week beginning 30th August 2021
Successful candidates notified
Week beginning 6th September 2021
Latest project start date
Week beginning 20th September 2021
Latest project completion date
Friday 21st January 2022
Findings presented to board
All applications will be considered by the SIPR Executive Committee and will be assessed against the following criteria:
Applicants are required to complete the SIPR application form including the following information:
Preference will be given to applications where the host institution is one of the 14 SIPR universities. We welcome applications which collaborate with non-SIPR institutions (national and international) as partners.
Successful applicants will be required to enter into a funding agreement with SIPR. Half of the funding will be provided on commencement of the project with the balance payable on Executive Committee approval of the final report. The final research report will be published by SIPR and SIPR will be acknowledge in all media and publications resulting from the project.
Applicants will also be required to report where SIPR funding has enabled the generation of external income as well as where SIPR funded research has been included as an impact case study.