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A look under the surface of a public consultation: Part 3/5 – Analysis and coding

Friday March 1 2013

Analysis of responses is a crucial stage of any consultation process, but all the more so when the subject of the consultation is potentially controversial. Consultations such as that commissioned by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) on new IVF-based techniques to avoid mitochondrial disease are likely to attract a significant number of responses, some concerned with… Read More

Money talks: understanding the value of talking therapies and other nursing services

Wednesday February 20 2013

The ongoing economic crisis in Europe and the tough global economic conditions pose a number of challenges for healthcare generally, and mental healthcare specifically. On the one hand, a report published by the World Health Organization (WHO, 2011) acknowledged that the economic crisis is expected to produce secondary mental health effects. Given that mental health… Read More

Health and wellbeing boards: looking beyond April 2013

Wednesday February 13 2013

As health and wellbeing boards (HWBs) move out of shadow form and prepare ‘to go live’ in April this year, they are increasingly starting to think about the strategic partnerships they will need to develop in the future. From our experience of supporting HWBs in the early stages of their development, it seems clear that… Read More

Comment

Local referendums run riot: lessons from California for the Coalition

Monday October 4 2010

‘We will give residents the power to instigate local referendums on any local issue.’ – Coalition Government Agreement, May 2010 Direct democracy may seem like a good idea in principle, but the Coalition Government would do well to carefully consider the evidence from California before rolling out its reforms. In this post OPM’s Deborah Rozansky,… Read More

Integration and the Big Society

Wednesday September 29 2010

The notion of the Big Society as a channel for community and collective action cannot be seen in isolation of the concept of integration. Different communities need to share common values and goals. While we are beginning to see some of the flesh on the bones of the Big Society, there is yet to be… Read More

Big Society and small business

Friday September 24 2010

Where should the state end and the voluntary sector begin? This is one of the central questions of the Big Society. Supporters argue that the state has smothered grassroots activism in a way that is not only costly, but has actively undermined the ideas and energy of local people to make their lives better. Sceptics,… Read More