Publications

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Building Bridges, Building Health Report

In 2017, we were commissioned by SPEAR, a charity supporting people experiencing homelessness in South & West London to evaluate their Homeless Health Link Service (HHLS) which is funded by Big Lottery Fund. In this evaluation we provide an independent review and report on how well the service achieved its aims and met its outcomes by:... Find out more

Commissioning Futures: A Guide for Schools

We have launched a good-practice guide to support schools to more effectively commission innovative services, especially those which aim to tackle educational inequality. Commissioning Futures: A Guide for Schools aims to provide guidance to school leaders who have increasing autonomy to commission external services to help improve student outcomes. Previously, minimal guidance had been available... Find out more

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Uttlesford Community Action Zones Report

April 2018

Isabel Young

As part of our work in Essex The Uttlesford Community Action Research; Community Action Zones project took a strengths-based approach to understanding social isolation and loneliness; focusing on people’s social connections and networks, rather than assuming social deficit.

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Disrupting Cultures for Health and Social Care Innovation

January 2018

Dr Charlotte Heales

Despite the institutionalised nature of the health and social care sector, which may be a challenge to innovation, social innovation is seen to be growing. This impact can be further increased through relationships and partnerships which challenge the conventional cultures and values of the sector. One of the 62 articles featured in the Atlas of Social... Find out more

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Social Innovation in Western Europe: Networks and Programmes as Drivers

Networks and cooperation are vital for social innovation (SI). Policy which stimulates the development of SI ecosystems is likely to encourage the sustainability of social innovations. This chapter from the Atlas of Social Innovation, complied of 62 articles by 25 international partners as part of the EU-funded SI-DRIVE project, focuses on Western Europe, detailing how... Find out more

Unravelling the Spiral of Debt

Access to credit can be a major challenge for many households and lead them to turn to unaffordable alternatives that trap them in a spiral of deepening debt. Read about the findings from our year-long mixed-methods study carried out in Wales on ‘high cost credit’ and investigated what might make a viable alternative.

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