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New evaluation of STEM Learning Triple Science Support Programme

Tuesday June 7 2016

We have just completed a two-year evaluation project for STEM Learning (a national body providing schools with continuous professional development in science, technology, engineering, and maths), looking into the impact of the Triple Science Support Programme (TSSP) in 2014-2016. The TSSP supports schools to develop their triple science provision at GCSE level. In our evaluation we spoke… Read More

Our work with the Royal College of Nursing to showcase the costs and benefits of nurse-led innovation

Thursday May 26 2016

With funding from the Burdett Trust for Nursing, we have been working in partnership with the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) to build nursing capability in economic assessment and to help nurses demonstrate the value of nurse-led innovation in practice. In April we held a breakfast event jointly with the RCN and Hospice UK, Demonstrating… Read More

Evaluation of the Reducing Social Isolation and Loneliness Grant Programme

Tuesday May 17 2016

Social isolation and loneliness in older people is a widespread issue that has gained much attention in recent years. We know that being isolated and lonely can impact on a person’s quality of life and lead to more intensive use of health and social care services.   In Manchester the three Clinical Commissioning Groups provided… Read More


Asking the right questions for local government commissioning

Thursday September 23 2010

While much is uncertain about the coalition government’s policies there is undoubtedly a window of opportunity for local government to take the lead relatively unfettered by central and regional government. The coalition government’s spending review framework published in June invites decision makers in local government to ask the following nine questions: Is the activity essential… Read More

Big Society and community cohesion – Ideas from Europe

Tuesday September 21 2010

The Council of Europe asked me to speak recently in Ohrid, Macedonia about inter-cultural dialogue at their 2010 Exchange on the religious dimension of intercultural dialogue. Based in Strasbourg, France and with 47 member countries, the Council of Europe aims ‘to develop throughout Europe common and democratic principles based on the European Convention on Human… Read More

Saving what works from Prevent

Friday September 3 2010

Aligning successful Prevent projects to the Big Society and integration agenda There is no certainty over the future of the Prevent agenda. There is a fair amount of agreement that the Prevent strategy will be radically revised and that for some areas, funding will be reduced. It is critical that local authorities, who have received… Read More