Tavistock Institute for Human Behavior

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Tavistock describes itself as "a registered charity and a not-for-profit organisation" whose income "comes from research grants and contracts for research projects, consultancy, training and publishing;" plus its "own resources."


Phil Swann The Tavistock Institute 30 Tabernacle Street London EC2A 4UE Email: central.admin@tavinstitute.org Tel: +44(0)20 7417 0407 Fax: +44(0)20 7417 0566 URL: [1]


work in this theme includes:

Formative evaluation of the Higher Education Archives Hub 2002 which focused on the design, content and usability of an online tool that helps staff and students find and use archive and manuscript holdings.

Evaluation of the International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS)

Evaluation of the Moving Here website for National Archives, which looks at the usability and usefulness of a site documenting over 200 years of migration to England.

TRENDS Training educators through networks and distributed systems which developed electronic learning systems to train teachers across Europe.

Summative evaluation of the Higher Education Archives Hub 2003 which examined the cost-effectiveness and usefulness of the Archives Hub, building on the earlier evaluation above.

Evaluation of the People's Network and ICT training for public library staff

BENVIC which developed benchmarking and competence mapping systems for European virtual universities.

HERO Health and educational support for the rehabilitation of offenders

Needs analysis of the Further Education sector

RECKS The role and effectiveness of collaborative knowledge systems in health promotion and health support

Evaluation of a virtual commissioning approach to commissioning health research and development in the NHS

MELIC Multimedia health information for citizens funded by the European Commission's TEN-TELECOM programme.

SEAHORSE Support, empowerment and awareness for HIV/AIDS which developed and tested an online health support service for people living with HIV/AIDS and their carers.

Thematic network on socio-economic evaluation of public research and technology development policies


Our income comes entirely from contracts for specific research and consultancy, our training and publishing activities, and our own resources (for example, income from hire of our meeting rooms). We do not receive any subsidies from government or elsewhere. [2]


Phil Swann, Director of Tavistock Institute. Phil joined the Institute in September 2004 as our Director, a new role at the Institute. Prior to this, Phil was Director of Strategy & Communications at the Local Government Association (LGA), where he was responsible for the association's press, public affairs and Parliamentary strategies; for identifying and managing work on corporate policy and lobbying priorities; and for the association's corporate and business planning processes, in addition to a number of projects such as the LGA's input to the government's ten year strategy for local government, and the work of the Innovation Forum.

Phil trained as a town planner and worked for Sefton Borough Council before becoming editor of Planning magazine, a post he held for three years. In 1983 he joined the Association of Metropolitan Authorities (AMA) where he moved up through several roles. When the Local Government Association (LGA) was established in 1997 to replace the AMA, Phil was appointed Head of Environment & Development, before being appointed as Director of Strategy & Communications in 1998.

Director of Communications, Department for Constitutional Affairs (DCA). Formerly Director of Communications, Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra)

  • Mr Philip Boxer Independent management consultant
  • Professor Andrew Chambers Director, Management Audit; consultant and author on the subject of corporate governance
  • Professor Barry Curnow Strategic consultant in professional services; Visiting and Honorary Professor of Management Consultancy, City University, London; First Vice-Chairman, International Council of Management Consulting Institutes
  • Ms Janet Dignan Founder and managing director of a publishing company. Former editor at the Economist Group, and freelance journalist
  • Professor Chris Duke Associate Director, Higher Education National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE) and Professor of Regional Partnerships & Learning, RMIT University, Australia
  • Dr Nigel Forman Company director, freelance lecturer and independent consultant
  • Professor David Guest Professor of Human Resources Management & Organisational Psychology, King's College London
  • Professor Ray Loveridge Research Fellow, Said Business School, Oxford University; Professor Emeritus, Aston University; Visiting Professor, University of Leicester Management Centre
  • Professor Robin Wensley Professor of Strategic Management & Marketing, Warwick Business School, and member of ESRC Council