Am I a little bit pregnant? Why language matters in policy making

, 16 May 2013

However, before that work gets underway, I wanted to focus on one of the themes from the first meeting of Connecting Policy and Practice programme – that of policy becoming increasingly underpinned by economic and business models. Language matters My course-mate, Pat Russell correctly reminded me that there are ten* types of people •...

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Championing an innovative public sector

, 15 May 2013

Across the world, systems of government are increasingly under strain, caught in a rut towards obsolescence – that’s my claim, at least. Whenever I declare my position many are surprised. ‘But you are from Finland! Surely you are not talking about Finland too?’ Well, yes I am. Within the European context, Finland has the...

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Stepping outside the day job – the start of something different

, 14 May 2013

So why am I doing this? A life-long civil servant, I have had many roles in the Department for Work and Pensions – from frontline operations to policy delivery and strategy development. I have seen excellent service delivery – and bad! I have seen policy developed with great thought and insight and I have...

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Probation reform: doing it all?

, 9 May 2013

Chris Grayling is in parliament today explaining his complex set of probation reforms to MPs. Never one to shirk a challenge, Grayling plans to: Outsource the bulk of probation services, predominantly to private sector organisations Extend services to those who have served prison sentences of under 12 months, who previously were not monitored post-release...

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News management

, 8 May 2013

The UK has no equivalent of the US’s state of the union speech – when the President holds the Houses of Congress in awe with a tour of the world interwoven with some folksy stories and gets a standing ovation. Instead we have the odd ritual of the Queen announcing a series of legislative...

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Beyond the spreadsheets and on to the streets: what policy makers can learn from the front line

, 7 May 2013

While efforts to improve use of data and evidence in policy making are all to the good, stories and experience must also be part of the policy making toolkit. Our partnership with the Big Lottery Fund is helping policy makers connect with the real world. Going out, observing, listening, talking to the people that...

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