This study, funded by the Police Mutual Foundation, looked at the evidence base on the field of practice known as ‘Organisational Development’. Senior leaders and experts within policing and the wider public sector were also interviewed. It found that despite pressures on public sector workers such as austerity and high workloads, there was evidence that wellbeing could be significantly improved if employees had a direct say on the changes made within their organisation and how these are managed.
The research found many examples of successful change management across the whole public sector. While Organisational Development is much less developed in policing, it found some clear examples of good practice, for example the pioneering work in Lancashire Constabulary which is described in the report.
The report concludes with a set of recommendations for police leaders.