Ensuring that our research can influence evidence-based policymaking and have an impact on the wider world.
We advise policy-makers around the world who are grappling with how to curb corruption in their countries and organisations and are seeking evidence-based solutions. We build on the latest theories of anti-corruption but, in line with latest research, recognise the importance of adapting theory to suit the demands and constraints of a particular context.
The Centre is constantly working to improve the evidence base about what works in tackling corruption and seeks to distil key findings into policy briefs, blogs and discussion papers to make them more accessible to practitioners.
Examples of our policy impact
Advising the UK government
Liz David-Barrett is currently advising the UK Department for International Development on its International Anti-Corruption programme, and has previously provided input for the UK National Anti-Corruption Strategy 2017-22. She is working with regulators in Jamaica and Uganda to build new tools and capacity for analysing corruption risks in public procurement.
Robert Barrington sits on the UK's post-Brexit procurement reform taskforce, advising the UK government's Cabinet Office on how to update the country's procurement regime and incorporate transparency, anti-corruption and open contracting provisions.
CSC senior researchers advise the G20's Anti-Corruption Working Group, as well as contributing to the UN's consultation about key themes for the Special Session on Corruption (UNGASS) in 2021.
Robert Barington was the technical advisor for the International Corporate Governance Network's Guidance on Anti-Corruption Practices, published in 2020 and providing advice for institutional investors in 45 countries representing $54 trillion.
Standards in Public Life
Corruption is often described as the abuse of entrusted power or public office for private gain. Public standards are an important check on corruption and the UK's Nolan Principles embody the standards expected of public officials and politicians. The Principles are overseen by the Committee on Standards in Public Life (CSPL), whose evidence-based recommendations and reports have led to the establishment of many of the standards bodies that exist today. The Committee recently commissioned a report by Rebecca Dobson Phillips, which provides an overview of the standards landscape and highlights some of the new and emerging challenges facing those in charge of upholding public standards.
Dialogues and briefings
Many governments and multinational companies want to keep in touch with the latest research and trends on corruption. Our CSC researchers are regularly in active but discreet dialogue with governments and companies around the world.