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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

Noticing the Change: What Actually Happens When You Try to Measure Outcomes

Date: | Posted by: Mhairi Aylott

Date: March 27 2013

Posted by: Mhairi Aylott

Historically the need to monitor and evaluate youth programmes was driven by outputs: the things or services provided. Now organisations are being asked to articulate their outcomes for young people, and evidence the impact that they make. This change in emphasis is partly down to policy drivers around evidence-based practice, as well as the increasing… → Read More

Playing Chicken: Head to Head with Greg Galluzzo

Date: | Posted by: Mhairi Aylott

Date: March 21 2013

Posted by: Mhairi Aylott

In late February I attended a week long training session in leadership and community organising as part of our Building Local Activism work. Organised by Thrive Teesside, Church Action on Poverty and Wales TCC, I went to Manchester expecting a fairly interesting and standard week of training. But this was no standard week of training…. → Read More

Prioritising Prevention: A reaction to David Cameron’s speech on rehabilitation & justice

Date: | Posted by: Mhairi Aylott

Date: October 21 2012

Posted by: Mhairi Aylott

Today David Cameron has delivered his latest speech on crime, rehabilitation and the prison system, his first since Kenneth Clarke was replaced by Chris Grayling as Justice Secretary. We have now moved from a time where prison was said to “work”, and although we are no longer instructed to “hug a hoodie” we are told… → Read More

Community Activism: Making Change Happen

Date: | Posted by: Mhairi Aylott

Date: July 31 2012

Posted by: Mhairi Aylott

Our Building Local Activism programme, funded by The Big Lottery Fund, is supporting communities to develop their capability to instigate and sustain local activism, gaining power and influence over the decisions that affect them. One aspect of Building Local Activism is scaling up models of community activism that have already proven successful, to promote them across a wider scope.

Payment by Results – the future of the criminal justice system?

Date: | Posted by: Mhairi Aylott

Date: March 20 2012

Posted by: Mhairi Aylott

Payment by Results is already a hot topic – discussed everywhere from broadsheets to breakfast roundtables. Funding is being cut, services are being squeezed, yet still require delivery, possibly more now than ever. With prison costing the taxpayer over £3bn a year, and the Ministry of Justice needing to find savings of £2bn by 2014,… → Read More