01 April 2015

Civil servants are often criticised for forming policy within the ‘Westminster bubble’, removed from the realities on the ground. A recent event hosted by the Institute for Government and the Big Lottery Fund, revealed examples of how policymakers and practitioners have tried to burst that bubble.

15 February 2015

By profession I am an Emergency Medicine Doctor. I work for the Department of Work and Pensions advising on the medical implications of different benefits and policies. The story I’m about to tell you illustrates why I’ve become interested in Connecting Policy with Practice and what I’m learning on the programme so far.

26 November 2014

People's lives can be complicated, and their paths towards more stable, fulfilled futures can be difficult. Here Helen Ryman, Learning and Evaluation Manager at the Birmingham Voluntary Services Council, and current member of the Connecting Policy with Practice cohort, introduces her work for the programme and explores two different approaches to understanding the needs and assets of people with multiple...

28 October 2014

 I am the head of Talent Match London – a programme funded by the Big Lottery Fund that is all about working out what works in supporting young people aged 18-24 into positive, productive futures. We develop youth-led local partnerships designed to address all aspects of a young person’s life, so I am delighted to be involved in the Connecting Policy with Practice programme, which this year is...

01 May 2014

We’re very excited to be launching the second year of our partnership programme with Big Lottery Fund. Connecting Policy with Practice: People Powered Change is a programme that brings together Whitehall policymakers and frontline practitioners to understand better how policy ideas translate (or don’t) on the ground.

28 October 2013

It’s hard to believe that six months have gone by since we all first got together at the Institute to start this programme. And we have now completed the final workshop where we brought together not the initial vague thoughts, hunches and preconceptions that we had at the beginning but shared experiences, insights and greater understanding of the challenges that face every policy maker.

 

 

17 September 2013

Those of you who read my last blog may remember that I talked about the scouting movement in the UK. As an adult volunteer, I see young people involved at all levels in the organisation and know how powerful that is.

05 July 2013

On Friday, I visited the 999 Club in Deptford with Tamsyn Roberts of the Cabinet Office. We are constructing a business case for some of the services they offer – specifically those designed to reduce chaotic and repeated use of crisis health services.

05 July 2013

On Friday, I visited the 999 Club in Deptford with Tamsyn Roberts of the Cabinet Office. We are constructing a business case for some of the services they offer – specifically those designed to reduce chaotic and repeated use of crisis health services.

04 July 2013

I am on the train coming home from Hull with Andy Crossland from Humber Learning Consortium, my Connecting Policy with Practice partner. We have been spending time with members of the Talent Match Humber Core Partnership team finding out about their experience of making support for young people work on the ground. In one of those ‘silver lining’ moments, an IT system problem means that e-mails are not updating on my blackberry so I have time to reflect.

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