***Applications due 23:59 Sunday 15th August 2021***

Rapid Evidence Assessment
Tri-Service Collaboration

BACKGROUND

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.


DETAILS OF CALL

PARAMETERS:

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):

  1. Strategic, e.g., the aligning of back office functions aligned in the three services
  2. Prevention, e.g., the services working together in a preventative capacity
  3. Operational, e.g., managing the work of the three services in emergency response situations.


 KEY QUESTIONS:
  1. Across the UK and internationally, what does the evidence say about collaboration between the three Blue Light emergency services (Fire, Police & Ambulance) in the three focus areas above?
  2. What is the existing academic evidence around the success or otherwise of tri service collaboration?
  3. What Grey literature/policy documents are there?
  4. What methodology & frameworks are there for successful tri-service collaboration?

INFORMATION FOR APPLICANTS

Eligibility

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.

Value

A maximum of £4,000 (including VAT) is available to one successful application. We welcome proposals which include co-funding from other sources.

Timing

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.

Call opens

Friday 11th June 2021

Closing date

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

Mid-February 2022

 Assessment

All applications will be considered by the SIPR Executive Committee and will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • suitability of investigative team
  • appropriateness of scope of proposed methodology (i.e. to effectively explore research questions posed); and
  • feasibility (i.e. ability to delivery outcomes within timescales);

 

Application Process

Applicants are required to complete the SIPR application form including the following information:

  • Proposed team information (including host institution, collaborators, and a summary of experience and expertise in the proposed topic. You may include a two-page CV per named investigator);
  • Details of the project including background, research questions, literature to consider, and proposed methodology; and
  • Brief overview of timeframes.
  • Budget information


Criteria

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.

For more information, please contact either Monica Boyle (m.boyle@napier.ac.uk) or Dr Megan O'Neill (m.oneill@dundee.ac.uk)