PPP aims to publish research that makes a difference. Furthering understanding of empirical, methodological and academic debates is both an end in itself and a means to bring about change.
PPP therefore aims to be a journal with impact, which can be measured in a range of ways.
Research Excellence Framework (REF): PPP is fully REF compliant; and has strong reach into policy and practice (see below), creating potential to produce evidence for REF Impact case studies
Citations: PPP articles are widely cited in both academic and policy literature. As of September 2015, 30 articles had received five or more academic citations; and 64 articles were cited in policy literature, ranging from local authority studies to World Bank reports.
Readership: PPP articles are widely read, with Google analytics results showing that the website receives over 25,000 unique page views per year and the most read papers receive around 1,000 page views each year.
Policy impact: PPP articles have impact on policy, for instance:
- Archer and Cole’s piece on housebuilders (2014) was published in the Guardian Housing Network and cited in the Lyons Housing Review.
- Eadson’s (2008) paper on local carbon reduction targets featured in a World Bank report by Nobel prize-winner Elinor Ostrom (2009) which also informed the 2010 World Development Report.
- Sprigings and Smith’s (2013) paper on the combined impacts of the local housing allowance and right to buy generated significant policy interest, notably in Scotland where the paper was cited in a number of policy and comment pieces relating to the decision to end right to buy in Scotland.
- Beatty, Fothergill and Powell’s piece on living in caravans (2012) led to engagement with the Welsh Government on their approach to housing on the Welsh coast.
- A number of authors have seen their papers used as features in national, local and practice-based media, for instance Dayson’s (2013) paper on social value and new-start social enterprises was taken up by New Start magazine. And many other authors have commented on the reach of their papers into the policy world, with (albeit unmeasurable) citation of their influence in policy-making.
Personal impact: finally, PPP articles have impacted on the lives of individual readers, in ways that we could not have anticipated. For instance, Ryan Powell’s piece on societal responses to Gypsies (2007) provoked a deeply personal response from one reader:
“I made reference to the forced removal of Gypsy children in the UK by social services in that paper, a practice continued until the 1960s. That resulted in an email from a Gypsy woman in Australia who was forcibly removed from her Gypsy family in 1950, transported across the world and given to an Australian family to raise” (Powell, 2014, personal correspondence with PPP editors)
Proof perhaps that an open access policy can expose academics to a wider range of connections than might otherwise be possible.