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Ideas, as well as people, now move more freely. We have put new models, drawn from other classes and other parts of the world, before the local people, creating new aspirations and new ideas.
Michael Young and Peter Willmott.
Family and Kinship in East London, 1957

Mind the Gap

Date: | Posted by: Neil Reeder

Date: February 26 2013

Posted by: Neil Reeder

Stronger ties between academic evaluators and social innovators would hugely benefit both sides, argues Young Foundation fellow Neil Reeder in a blog entry for the Stanford Social Innovation Review. Evaluation and assessment seems an unlikely topic for passionate debate. But as I found out in developing the recently published report “Strengthening Social Innovation in Europe:… → Read More

Same Goals, Lost Synergies

Date: | Posted by: Neil Reeder

Date: July 10 2012

Posted by: Neil Reeder

I recently joined an audience of policymakers, academics, and practitioners for a seminar held at the Institute of Public Policy Research in London, UK. The topic was “Social psychology and policy making: past neglect, future promise,” and it led to a lively discussion about research findings on people’s behaviour toward other individuals and groups, and… → Read More

Breaking the cycle

Date: | Posted by: Neil Reeder, Simon Tucker

Date: May 30 2012

Posted by: Neil Reeder, Simon Tucker

We all know intuitively that prevention is better than cure. Yet this does not translate easily into the way public services are prioritised or resourced, nor how we arrive at the best response to take when things go badly wrong. This has always been the case; when public spending is squeezed, questions about how to… → Read More

Character Counts

Date: | Posted by: Neil Reeder

Date: May 25 2012

Posted by: Neil Reeder

Character counts in shaping lives for the better – so what can or should public services do about this? Character matters. That is the blunt message revealed by James Heckman’s work. The ability to be open to new ideas and to meeting new people, the willingness to express yourself, the degree of conscientiousness with which… → Read More