Marin Willis


Honorary Senior Lecturer

Institute of Local Government Studies

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Research interests

Martin works with strategic leaders to explore and apply understandings aboutoutcome focused strategic commissioning with the aim of enhancing localgovernance for individuals and communities.

  • Evidence based outcome strategy and evaluation
  • Empowering service users, communities and citizens in planning, delivery and evaluation
  • Strategic commissioning for people and places
  • Leading and managing multi agency partnerships and networks
  • Commissioning and contracting for outcomes

Current and recent projects

  • Strategic commissioning research for National Youth Agency
  • Evidence based outcome local evaluation research for Gloucestershire Linkage Plus and Sandwell Children’s Fund
  • Partnership action learning sets for senior managers from LAs, Health, Education and other stakeholders
  • Director of Postgraduate Programme for SCIE’s Social Care Leadership Development Programme
  • Customer call centre research for Walsall MBC 


Willis M, Bokhari S (2008) “Health Yourself”: Round’s Green Children’s Involvement Project Evaluation, INLOGOV / Sandwell Children’s Fund

Willis M (2007) 'What is leadership and why is it so important?' Public Servant, December 2007 p27

Willis M, Crow A (2007) Village Agents: Linkage Plus Project, Gloucestershire County Council / GRCC

Willis M, Bokhari S (2007) Children and Young People’s Involvement: Toolkit Research, SCF / INLOGOV

Willis M (2006) 'Partnership Action Learning' in Rigg C (ed) Action Learning in Public Services, Routledge

Willis M (2006) 'Creaking Joints', Community Care, 28 September 2006, pp 38-39

Willis M (2005) 'Defining Vision', Community Care 1580, 7-13 July 2005, pp 32-33

Willis M (2004) Call Centres, One-Stop Shops or Community Based Information Centres? School of Public Policy, University of Birmingham

Willis M, Wilson L (2004) Evaluation of MSA

Willis M (2004) 'Choice in Social Care: Direct Payments' in Enabling Choice, LGA Research 1 / 04, pp 36-44

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