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... Find out more
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The Monument to the Heroic Defenders of Leningrad, which commemorates the victims and survivors of Leningrad greeted my arrival to the Park Inn Hotel, the venue for the World Health Organisation (WHO) Annual Healthy Cities Conference. The view of the memorial lent a sense of drama and grandeur to proceedings. Inside the hotel, delegates from... Find out more
Usually we’re not encouraged to go trawling property websites during working hours, yet last Friday three Citizens Advice volunteers, one Young Foundation intern and I were doing just this and hunting for flats in Hackney. We were each in receipt of a hypothetical Local Housing Allowance (LHA) and aiming to better understand the private rental... Find out more
That is the estimated amount going into economic development and regeneration in north Tottenham from the Haringey Council, GLA, and Spurs in the coming years. The role of the local community in these regeneration plans is very much in the spotlight, more so now post-riots. Research carried out by the Young Foundation, Joseph Rowntree Foundation... Find out more
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... Find out more
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... Find out more
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,... Find out more
Do a Google search on “Tottenham” and you get 56 pages dominated by the football club interspersed with news and images from the recent riots. Hardly surprising that when we talked to Tottenham residents last autumn – in the wake of the riots – something that came up repeatedly was concern about the negative perception... Find out more
The long awaited release of the first analysis of the ONS’s wellbeing data has confirmed what we have regularly highlighted – that ‘the amount and quality of social connections with people around us are an essential part of our wellbeing. The importance of relationships for an individual’s wellbeing as well as for society more generally... Find out more
When faced with a ‘grey tsunami’ should we try to run, or get out our Malibu boards? Looking round the room on our first day of Full of Life volunteer training in Lambeth, it isn’t clear how the day will go. Everyone seems to have come from very different walks of life and I worry... Find out more