Publications

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Engaging Citizens in Social Innovation: A short guide to the research for policy makers and practitioners

June 2013

Anna Davies,

Public and civic engagement activities are now widely seen as critical in building trust in public institutions, developing social capital and social cohesion in local communities, and lending great legitimacy to public decision making processes. In the context of social innovation, the idea that citizen engagement is critical to the development and implementation of new... Find out more

A Steak in the Economy (Podcast)

This podcast is a recording of the seminar “A Steak in the Economy” held at The Young Foundation on Thursday, 15 August 2013.  From job creation to revitalising the high street, and even boosting British exports, Cynthia Shanmugalingam explains why the new food economy can deliver more than just a great meal. For further details,... Find out more

Citizen Engagement in Social Innovation – A case study report

June 2013

Anna Davies,

Public and civic engagement activities are widely seen as critical in building trust in public institutions, social capital and social cohesion in local communities, greater legitimacy in public decision making processes and more effective use of resources, as well as community and individual empowerment. These assumed benefits are so widely believed that government and civil... Find out more

The Value and Role of Citizen Engagement in Social Innovation

June 2013

Anna Davies,

Engagement practices have particular value for the development of effective social innovations. In particular, this report argues that some forms of engagement will enable a better understanding of needs so that appropriate solutions can be developed. Participation practices can also introduce divergent thinking from unexpected sources which can help to uncover novel solutions to complex... Find out more

Mapping social networks to improve public service delivery

This presentation captures the findings from a project between Neighbourhood Management in King’s Lynn, the Young Foundation and Insight 1st, working with Netform social network analysis software. The aim of the project was to use social network analysis (SNA) to explore relationships between residents and public agencies delivering services in Fairstead, a priority neighbourhood management... Find out more