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Quotes from policy and legislation: 2011 to date

The policy and legislative move towards endorsing co-production in Wales started in the social care and health sectors, and has since widened to include all public services. It began as far back as 2011, and is still being emphasised today in all the key devolved policy documents.  Sustainable Social Services for Wales: A Framework for Action (2011) stated that a better practice of co-production across public bodies would contribute to “a stronger citizen voice and […]

Can we make policymaking more… fun?

Melanie Rayment writes on the Centre for Public Impact blog. There is a rise in interest around participatory methods for policy making both in forms of deliberative and co-design approaches, while others are calling for a democratisation of futures thinking to enhance our social imagination. Across these methods is a common thread that calls for more accessible and genuinely authentic approaches to participation to reduce the participation gap; by recognising the lived experience of people, the re-balancing and restructuring of power with transparent […]

Research – social action and civic engagement

Enabling Social Action Programme. (March 2018 – March 2020) The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) is working in partnership with the universities of Sheffield and Hull on Phase 2 of the Enabling Social Action programme. The programme aims to support local authority commissioners to co-design, co-produce and co-deliver services with local people, service users, and civil society organisations, and to embed social action in their routine working. The programme will include a […]

Research – housing

PhD. The geographies of place for tenant participation in housing associations: A case study of Merthyr Tydfil, Wales (2016-2019) This PhD research is in partnership with Merthyr Tydfil Housing Association, exploring tenant participation within the organisation from a geographical perspective. It addresses key issues and challenges from both an organisational and tenant perspective and considers spatial and temporal methods to challenge practice, improve engagement and promote sustainable participation within the organisation. The importance of participatory […]

The many shades of co-produced evidence, Pippa Coutts (Carnegie UK)

“Co-production of evidence is a process by which evidence is generated by the equal and reciprocal participation in research activities by academic and other partners. This briefing paper teases out the challenges and opportunities around co-producing evidence appropriate to participatory social policy and practice, and increasing people’s control within communities and services.” The Carnegie Trust’s Evidence into Policy and Practice work explores how jurisdictions, sectors, people and professionals, can work together to produce and use evidence […]

InterAction: How can academics and the third sector work together to influence policy and practice

In this report Carnegie Fellow Professor Mark Shucksmith argues that to make an impact on social policy universities must work more closely with civil society.  The report: explores the different approaches of both sectors to knowledge and evidence; investigates the obstacles and challenges to collaboration; highlights examples of successful interactions; and makes a series of recommendations to those in the third sector, academia and the research funding councils as to how more positive collaboration can […]

Creating empowered and resilient communities

Carnegie UK, The Welsh Council for Voluntary Action and several other organisations have discussed the benefits of kindness in public policy and how this can translate into stronger and happier communities. Read the full reports: Resilient and empowered communities: A discussion paper: https://www.wcva.org.uk/media/5724839/res_comm_disc_e.pdf Empowering communities: https://www.wcva.org.uk/media/6140277/wcva_empowering_communities_report_final.pdf The place of kindness: https://d1ssu070pg2v9i.cloudfront.net/pex/carnegie_uk_trust/2017/07/LOW-RES-3110-Kindness-Overcoming-Risk-Report.pdf Kindness, emotions and human relationships: The blind spot in public policy: https://www.carnegieuktrust.org.uk/publications/kindness-emotions-and-human-relationships-the-blind-spot-in-public-policy/ Insights For A Better Way is a collection of stories, ideas and case studies […]

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 […]

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