Fixing the Future

1 February 2009 | Authors:

This paper is about how to mitigate the impacts of the 2008 recession, and, where possible, turn crisis into opportunity. It was prepared to provide a framework for thinking and action by governments and local authorities, voluntary organisations and businesses,

Receding Tide: Understanding unmet needs in a harsher economic climate

30 January 2009 | Authors:

This interim report warns of the hidden psychological dangers of the recession – unmet psychological needs. Much publicity surrounds the economic costs of the recession but these unmet psychological needs, such as loneliness, stress, frustration, feeling out of control, helpless,

Neighbourhood working and organisational culture

1 January 2009 | Authors:

Neighbourhood working and organisational culture: A scoping paper for the Neighbourhood Action Network. Over the last decade there has been a growing acknowledgement within local government that one of the major impediments to improving service delivery is the culture of

How to innovate: the tools for social innovation

1 December 2008 | Authors: Geoff Mulgan, Robin Murray,

This paper provides a first output from a major study, funded and in partnership with Nesta, on the methods being used to generate and grow social innovation around the world. It sets out the context for the methods project, analysing

Mind and Matter: The importance of psychological needs for social policy

30 November 2008 | Authors:

This work was part of the Young Foundation’s Mapping Unmet and Emerging Needs programme. The programme brought together a coalition of more than a dozen independent foundations and funding bodies to develop new insights into how social needs in Britain

Valuing Family, Valuing Work: British Muslim Women and the Labour Market

30 October 2008 | Authors:

This report on second generation British Muslim women showed that although most want to work only 49% of them have a job – and the rest face severe barriers. The report uses previously unpublished data of the employment levels of

Neighbourhood Taskforces

1 October 2008 | Authors:

Conflict exists at all levels of society, from the most localised of settings where neighbours bicker over the height of hedges to its most extreme form, violence between nations. Tensions also exist under the surface of most communities. The root

Local Wellbeing: Can We Measure It?

30 September 2008 | Authors:

The concept and language of wellbeing was first introduced at the local level through the Local Government Act 2000. The Act included a new power of wellbeing, providing local authorities with the power to do whatever they consider necessary to

Understanding neighbourliness and belonging

1 September 2008 | Authors:

Understanding neighbourliness and belonging: A scoping paper for the Neighbourhood Action Network (published September 2008, updated in August 2010) In recent decades increased mobility, longer life expectancy, the breakdown of the extended family and an increasingly diverse and rapidly changing

Devolving funds to local communities

1 August 2008 | Authors:

Nationally, much emphasis has been placed on the opportunities to devolve funds to localities as a way to promote spending effectiveness, as well as engage and empower residents. Many local authorities have developed different ways to enable residents or councillors

Combining research methods in a study of the UK’s unmet needs

1 July 2008 | Authors:

The complexity of trying to understand and examine social needs in society has highlighted the fact that a mixed methods approach to research is needed, combining quantitative and qualitative research methods. The Mapping Needs programme explored and shed light to

Neighbourliness + Empowerment = Wellbeing: Is there a formula for happy communities?

22 June 2008 | Authors:

Is there a formula for happy communities? How does active citizenship contribute to the wellbeing of communities? This report, which is the first in a series of publications from the Local Wellbeing Project, tries to answer this question by investigating


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