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Author: Noreen Blanluet

Measurement for Learning: A Different Approach to Improvement

john Burgoyne writes on the Centre for Public Impact website. Read the full article here. We propose a way of thinking that acknowledges that: Collecting data through measurement is useful, as it allows us to better understand problems we face and our progress The problems we face are complex in nature, however, so holding people accountable to metrics beyond their control is not helpful Measurement should not be used for top-down control, but rather to learn […]

Human. Learning. Systems.

A cross-sectoral collaborative in the UK, including Collaborate, Dr Toby Lowe, and the Centre for Public Impact, have developed a helpful approach: Human Learning Systems, an alternative approach to public management centred on learning in complexity. Human Learning Systems calls for practices such as “experimentation, gathering data, sense-making, and reflective practice” to be included in how we think about measurement. Given the complexity of the environments government operates in, learning can no longer be viewed as “a luxury”, […]

Video calls with Zoom

(March 2020) Hello everyone, At the moment everyone is using video calling loads as we’re not able to meet face to face and everyone is working from home. We have put together a few factsheets and guidelines which you may find useful. Feel free to download and share them around. Below you will find: How to set up Zoom and dial in from a computer or a phone Dos and don’ts for participants in group […]

Co-Production Guide for Northern Ireland – Connecting and Realising Value Through People

From the Department of Health in Northern Ireland: This practical Guide to support the application of a Co-Production approach across our health and social care system was developed as part of the Department’s programme of work to transform health and social care provision as envisaged in “Delivering Together 2026”. Developed using a system wide partnership approach, the Guide provides underpinning principles for Co-Production, definitions of key terms and practical guidance to a range of stakeholders […]

NLCF report: A Meeting of Minds: how co-production benefits people, professionals and organisations

From the National Lottery Community Fund: We believe that people understand better than anyone else what’s needed in their communities. Co-production, which brings people and stakeholders together to create and deliver services, is one way of doing this. Our latest report, A Meeting of Minds: How co-production benefits people, professionals and organisations, focuses on the practice of and learning about co-production, as well as the benefits for people, professionals and organisations. Why a report on co-production? […]

Co-production: an audio introduction

We recorded one of our “introduction to co-production” workshops for someone who’d missed the session, and we thought we might as well share it with everyone! We turned it into a podcast episode and you can listen in the channel of your choice, it’s available on Google podcasts, Spotify, and a few other places. You can also listen directly in Anchor in your web browser, the recording and the links to the other platforms are […]

Quotes from policy and legislation: 2011 to date

The policy and legislative move towards endorsing co-production in Wales started in the social care and health sectors, and has since widened to include all public services. It began as far back as 2011, and is still being emphasised today in all the key devolved policy documents.  Sustainable Social Services for Wales: A Framework for Action (2011) stated that a better practice of co-production across public bodies would contribute to “a stronger citizen voice and […]

Considering power relationships in co-design

Alysha Baratta writes on the InWithForward blog, about the balance of power in a co-design process: https://inwithforward.com/2019/07/panacea-for-power Power isn’t some quantifiable unit that can be split 50/50. First, our positionality means we wield power in ways beyond our control. As a trained human geographer, I think about how my fixed or culturally ascribed attributes (race, class, gender) situate me in the world and next to people I co-design with. I also think about life experiences […]

Open Government

Open government is a revolutionary concept: that citizens should have the right to access government data and documents, providing public oversight and holding government accountable. The benefits of increasing government transparency and facilitating dialogue with the public are immense; for instance, citizens are informed about how money and resources are spent; they can express their opinions and offer advice through consultations and open calls; using the openly available data, they can also develop innovative products and services.  […]

Civic Participation – A Voyage of Discovery

A blog post on the Bexley Innovation Lab website: https://bexleyinnovationlab.wordpress.com/2019/07/23/civic-participation-a-voyage-of-discovery/   This blog will make up a series of posts where we will share our methodology and the artefacts we have gathered. We hope others will learn from this enquiry and join in the conversation. This first post will share our learnings with you, from across the case studies. What’s interesting and compelling about civic participation? What new things did we learn? Learning from across the […]

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