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News

We need to do a better job at identifying the process of radicalisation and intervening when it is not too late

Tuesday June 4 2013

There was a significant amount of speculation in the immediate aftermath of the Woolwich attack that the perpetrators were self-starting ‘lone wolves’ who emerged practically out of the blue. The fear is that these types of individuals can become radicalised very quickly with little external influence making their attacks almost impossible to predict and stop…. Read More

Commissioning: the secrets of success

Monday June 3 2013

Good commissioning can transform public services, create savings and develop sustainable and more local provision. So how can organisations make this happen? A couple of years ago I feared that the progress made with good commissioning would be lost, and replaced by short-termism and knee jerk cuts.  There has been some of that, of course,… Read More

Are community budgets really anything new?

Tuesday May 28 2013

‘Partnerships’, ‘collaboration’, ‘focusing on citizens not services’ – all familiar in the world of public service redesign, and all central to the government’s recent community budget pilots. But before we all conclude that this is more of the same, it’s worth looking at what the pilot sites have to say about it. For many of… Read More

Comment

A radical proposition for changing the way we design SIBs – A service provider perspective

Thursday July 20 2017

We have both written, previously, with energy and enthusiasm for SIBs; about the benefits they can bring. We still believe that to be true but we also believe that it is important not to lose sight of the potential challenges and downsides. From a service provider point of view, there is a risk that we… Read More

What’s your Corporate Responsibility value? What, how and why to measure impact

Wednesday July 19 2017

How can you know what impact your corporate responsibility activity made? Can you know what’s changed because of what you’re doing? These questions can lead many down a rabbit hole of thinking programme evaluation and impact measurement is daunting – if not impossible. As a research consultancy, we’ve heard many thoughts about the limitations of… Read More

Smart Cities Need Smart Consultations

Monday June 12 2017

Future Glasgow. Smart City Bristol. Digital Birmingham. Pilot smart city projects are growing exponentially across the UK – and we’re barely keeping pace with the rest of the world (In 2014 India announced a plan to build 100 smart cities). However, while big data and small technology is enabling us to design our infrastructure to… Read More