Local Government Operational Research Unit

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

The archive comprises printed reports and pamphlets, 1960-1989.

Administrative / Biographical History

The objectives of the Local Government Operational Research Unit, which was established on 1 April 1965, were (i) to undertake studies by operational research methods to assist local authorities in their policy and management decisions; (ii) to make known the results of those studies as widely and as quickly as possible, and to give assistance to the authorities who wish to introduce them; and (iii) to co-operate with other research associations in fields related to local government services. The Unit was part of the Royal Institute of Public Administration and, for administrative purposes, was the responsibility of the Institute's Executive Council. The Executive Council appointed a Board to determine the principles on which the research programme was to be developed, and to advise it on matters relating to the administration of the Unit, including its finances. The members of the Board were representative of the authorities supporting the Unit. The Unit became the Royal Institute of Public Administration Consultancy Services (RIPACS) with the Health Operational Research Unit (formerly RIPA-NHS ORG, 1972-84) in 1985. RIPACS ended, however, in 1988 due to the financial difficulties then experienced by the Royal Institute of Public Administration.

Arrangement

This collection forms part of the Operational Research and Operational Research Society Archive (MSS.335), which was deposited with the Centre by operational research practitioners.

The archive has been catalogued to file level. A copy of this catalogue is available in paper format in the Centre's searchroom, at the National Register of Archives in London, and in Chadwyck-Healey's National Inventory of Documentary Sources.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on access to these papers.

Acquisition Information

The archive was deposited with the Modern Records Centre in September 1994.

Other Finding Aids

Authority files exist for the Local Government Operational Research Unit (GB 152 AAR1429), the Royal Institute of Public Administration-National Health Service Operational Research Group (GB 152 AAR1452), the Health Operational Research Unit (GB 152 AAR1449), the Royal Institute of Public Administration (GB 152 AAR1451) and the Royal Institute of Public Administration Consultancy Services (GB 152 AAR1450).

Archivist's Note

MSS.335/LG catalogued by Eleanor Rowe and Joanne Burman to file level in November 1998. Retroconverted March 2000. Collection-level description created by Charles Fonge, November 1999.

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on the use of this archive, apart from the requirements of copyright law.

Appraisal Information

This collection has been weeded for duplicates.

Accruals

Further deposits are not expected.