Research & publications

CfGS is committed to developing and promoting leading policy and practice in governance and scrutiny.

Latest Publications

Cards on the table: English devolution and governance

This detailed and comprehensive paper looks at every aspect of the English devolution process – from the initial scoping out …

10 questions council scrutiny can ask about men’s health

Men Behaving Badly? Ten questions council scrutiny can ask about men’s health Jointly written by CfGS and Men’s Health Forum …

Devo why, devo how?

Kicking off our 2015/16 campaign on devolution and governance, this report highlights the key steps that we think areas pursuing …

A guide to the CQC for Overview and Scrutiny Committees

One of three guides to help overview and scrutiny committees, councillors in general and district councillors in particular to engage and …

A guide to the CQC for District Councillors

This guide is for local councillors in district and borough councils who want to know more about how to work …

A guide to the CQC for Councillors

This short guide explains the work of the Care Quality Commission (CQC). I t aims to increase confidence and ambition …

Raising the stakes: Financial scrutiny in challenging times

Co-produced with Grant Thornton, this is a guide for Welsh local authorities on financial scrutiny (fersiwn Cymraeg hefyd ar gael)

Guidance to police and crime panels on the panel’s scrutiny role

Helping Police and Crime Panels to conduct scrutiny reviews and to hold Commissioners to account through their work. Commissioned by …

Featured Publications

Governance risk and resilience framework: summary

Posted on 08/03/2021 by Ed Hammond

A summary of the CfGS governance risk and resilience framework. You can find full details on the framework at …

10 Questions on Cyber Security

Posted on 02/03/2023 by Megan Ingle

This guide is for councillors sitting on scrutiny committees, and the officers who support them. It is designed to support …

Our research takes different forms:

Publications exploring the governance and scrutiny challenges which form part of new developments such as devolution, sustainability and transformation plans in health or new delivery vehicles. These are free to access, and some are funded by our partners including the Local Government Association.

Thought-leadership and policy development work which seeks to learn from our delivery experience or provide insight into new and potential challenges facing leaders and the governance community. This often takes the form of roundtables, blogs and think pieces.

Organising idea exchanges, best practice and support events including conferences, regional seminars and gatherings for specific groups of practitioners. These are promoted via our newsletter and you can sign-up here.

Running campaigns when we think something needs highlighting or changing. Often this involves advocating the benefits of transparency and accountability – an example is changes we promoted to local government scrutiny to coincide with the Communities and Local Government Select Committee Inquiry. You can read about our submission to the inquiry here.

Research is an area where CfGS is looking to increase activity. The aim is to have a good balance between work we fund from income generation and projects funded via grants and other research funding mechanisms.