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Category: 03. Good practice

Stories of good things happening and inspirational items

The ‘What matters to me’ app

What matters to me is an application that allows you to easily describe your special needs as well as the things you want other people to take into account. It means to increase accessibility and equality in various everyday situations and encounters – great for wheelchair users, people who have intellectual disabilities or autism or brain injury and more. Take a look at their website for more: http://whatmattersme.com/  

Transforming public services

This 2018 report from the Public Service Transformation Academy showcases some of the ways in which those who commission and provide our public services are responding to the many challenges faced in today’s climate of austerity to deliver real public service transformation. You can find both the report and accompanying case studies here.

Co-designed transportation solutions

The Centre for Public Impact have been involved in Mobiliti, a co-design workshop aimed at building transportation solutions in US Cities. The principles of inclusive collaboration were applied to designing the future of transportation for cities. The co-design session led to the development of twenty transportation pilots, several of which received funding or a partnership within just weeks of being pitched. Follow the links for key lessons learned, lived experiences, and how to do it yourself.

Eradicating homelessness in Finland

With the Northern Hemisphere now firmly gripped by winter, the topic of homelessness cannot be ignored. In 2007, Finland’s government set themselves the ambitious target of halving long-term homelessness by 2011 and eradicating it by 2015. Even though Finland did not achieve this ambition in full, it made considerable progress in reducing the number of long-term homeless people, with the help of the Housing First programme. This achievement is particularly striking in the European context, where in most countries the numbers of homeless people […]

Learning about what matters most

The people you meet and the stories they carry have an incredible power. If you’re lucky you’ll meet people who offer such a different perspective, such insight into life, that it might just change the way you think. The trick is to listen, to reflect and to be open to that change. The new documentary Flourishing is about people who offer that possibility. Through the stories of three Sheffield families living with young-onset dementia, we are encouraged to […]

Research in practice film: Co-production in practice

A film by Research In Practice shows how to engage communities, build social capital, and change the relationship between state and citizen.  Local authorities and service providers are finding cost-effective ways of working with local communities to utilise skills and knowledge for mutual benefit. These assets-based approaches to developing new services are helping to empower residents and change the relationship between citizen and state. Research in Practice and Research in Practice for Adults have produced a short film that illustrates three different examples […]

The Buurtzorg Model

Buurtzorg, a pioneering healthcare organisation established in 2007, is a great example of how organisations can better meet citizens’ needs by adopting alternative management and governance approaches. At its heart is a patient-centred and holistic model, which relies on self-managed teams of nurses. Its achievements in the Netherlands are impressive: patient satisfaction rates are the highest of any healthcare organisation in the country, substantial financial savings have been made, and Buurtzorg continues to be a great place for employees. […]

Daring to be different: primary care in Wrexham

The Community Care Collaborative CIC (CCC) is a social enterprise that is working to redesign the way primary care is delivered in Wrexham.  It was set up by Dr Karen Sankey, an experienced GP who came to the realisation that many of the patients she saw daily did not need her medical help.  She regularly had days seeing patients without having to take her stethoscope out of her bag. Karen realised that what many patients […]

Co-production at the Booth Centre

The Booth Centre won first place for Excellence in Co-Production at the Homeless Link Excellence Awards 2018. In this feature their Development Manager, Amy Hinks, explains how the Booth Centre involves people with lived experience of homelessness in everything they do, and the impact it has. “Championing co-production has a huge impact both within the organisation and externally. People who are involved say it helps them feel more confident, builds their self-esteem and gives them […]

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