News and Comment

News

Study into personal budgets finds encouraging results

Tuesday October 23 2012

One of the liveliest debates in social care at the moment concerns how personal budgets benefit different groups of people in different ways. Investigating this issue in Essex, we found that while personal budgets nearly always contribute to a positive experience for all, there was a marked difference in the benefits derived by older people… Read More

Into the patient pathway

Thursday August 2 2012

Assessment and care planning for a healthy life after cancer is urgent. Macmillan Cancer Support with the National Cancer Survivorship Initiative have developed the concept of health and wellbeing clinics in response to this need. The clinics provide information and services for patients making the shift from treatment to life after cancer, enabling them to… Read More

Comment

The role of Digital in Local Participation: Kai Rudat Memorial Breakfast Seminar

Wednesday November 19 2014

On the morning of Tuesday 25 November we are hosting a breakfast seminar on the role of digital in local participation, with speakers from across local government and the voluntary and community sector sharing their experiences of how they have used digital means to facilitate dialogue with citizens. Digital presents an opportunity for local government and the voluntary… Read More

25th anniversary guest blog series: Networks not monoliths

Thursday November 6 2014

Does every generation think it’s special and different and at the cusp of a new dawn or a brave new world? Maybe I’m getting old but we’ve been talking about radical change, fast-moving change, sweeping global change, technological transformation – oh and of course public service reform for a fair few years! Is this a… Read More

Social media and local democracy: a reality check

Tuesday November 4 2014

OPM and Dialogue by Design went along to a seminar a couple of weeks ago at the University of Westminster on the implications of digital and social media for the relationship between councillors and citizens, hosted by Involve and the Centre for the Study of Democracy. ‘Democracy first, digital tools second, but not necessarily never’… Read More