A Monumental Error in the Making – The curious case of the expansion of the National Citizen Service

Something very odd indeed is going on. In the middle of the most severe cuts in living memory where youth service budgets are being decimated, the government has announced a massive, and very costly, expansion of an unevaluated programme that has yet to demonstrate that it works at all. And to make matters even more(…)

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There are no single causes of complex events

There are no single causes of complex events

The recent riots have quite correctly occasioned an outpouring of emotion, debate and commentary. Much of it now is focussed on the question of what “caused” the riots to happen with debate raging and all sides using the situation to back up and trumpet their own pre-existing beliefs. There has sadly been a tremendous amount(…)

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Where is Justice?

Everyone agrees that the rioters must be punished; but what will be the best ways to serve justice – for victims, for our communities and for perpetrators? I was delighted to see today reported in the Guardian the news that the government will be initiating a community based “riot payback scheme”, though it remains to(…)

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A Tool to Aid Implementation of Co-production

A Tool to Aid Implementation of Co-production

There is no “one size fits all” approach to co-production. Local circumstances, history, culture, community cohesion and engagement, needs and professional capacity will all have an impact. Different localities will be seeking different outcomes: for some it’s ensuring strategic commissioning approaches deliver real value across the board, for others it might be a particular service(…)

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The Role of the Honest Broker

The vision of co-production and genuine partnership working rests on the ability to bridge between divergent perceptions, priorities and perspectives. An ‘honest broker’ can play a critical part in achieving this. There is nothing new in the idea of seeking an outside mediator to facilitate compromise and common understanding. It is standard practice in situations(…)

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