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How CCGs can build leadership capacity

Tuesday November 20 2012

The traditional NHS model of top-down, hierarchical leadership is ill suited to the complex challenges facing new leaders in the reformed health service. Those leading clinical commissioning groups in both clinical and managerial roles increasingly recognise that leadership in today’s NHS is first and foremost about helping others to lead: from GP colleagues and practice… Read More

Cutting the cost of care through connections

Monday November 19 2012

We know we are facing a demographic time bomb. The number of people in the UK aged over 85 has doubled since 1985. By 2021, there will be one million people with dementia, rising to 1.7 million in 2050. The ‘Barnet graph of doom’ makes local authorities across the country tremble. What will happen if… Read More

Local communities can provide councils with a way out of a crisis

Thursday November 8 2012

The question raised by Lord Heseltine’s growth report is how much councils can improve their own performance. One answer is staring them in the face: councils need to rethink their concept of resources to encompass their own communities. That isn’t a euphemism for press-ganging volunteers into doing everything. But when councils redesign services, they should take into… Read More

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A cautionary tale of survey sampling

Wednesday January 27 2016

A cautionary tale of survey sampling It’s rare that survey sampling gets much attention outside of methodological textbooks. But recently, it has been getting just this attention – in the aftermath of the surprise result to the 2015 general election, that major polling organisations did not predict. It’s also rare that survey sampling is considered… Read More

Making the case for flexibility in standardised measures of social impact

Tuesday January 12 2016

Making the case for flexibility in standardised measures of social impact Shared measurement and standardisation is a hot topic in the field of monitoring and evaluation, particularly in the third sector. Although there are several challenges to overcome, a flexible approach to shared measurement that is driven by those closest to the participants of social… Read More

Social Impact Bonds, Social Investment and the Comprehensive Spending Review

Monday October 26 2015

Can we keep doing more for less? George Osborne will soon be unveiling the outcomes of the Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR). For months, arguments have been put forward to support a fairer settlement for various public services. The Local Government Association’s (LGA) A Shared Commitment pointed out that local government received a larger reduction in… Read More