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 The rise of ‘experimental’ government

ThExperimentalism in CSQis week David Halpern, National Adviser on What Works  makes the case for innovation to be embedded in our work and not confined to new initiatives or programmes in Civil Service Quarterly.

He calls for us all to evaluate and adapt our practice on a continual basis and shares how a more robust level of evaluation can become a transformational tool.

Our Pioneers are doing just that and we want you to be bold and deliberate in your practice .

This week’s pioneer case study showcases Think Good, Feel Good – A Whole School Approach to Emotional Health & Wellbeing across Shropshire schools.

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Our evidence programme call with our commissioning partners ESRC has now closed and our panel is at work considering the applications. Thank you for your interest, it is really inspiring to hear about so much great research in the UK.  If you want to share your work or find out about what others are doing please do use our growing online forum.

Also a reminder that Lord O’Donnell is currently recruiting the Chair and Board of the Centre closing date for applications for Chair is 2nd February and Trustees 16th February.

 

 

OECD Seminar, 27 January 2015

Measuring well-being in regions and cities: How can it help improving policy-making?

Luiz De Mello, Deputy Director of the Public Governance and Territorial Development Directorate and Monica Brezzi, Head of the Regional Analysis and Statistics Unit logooecd_en

27 January 2015, 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

The London School of Economics and Political Science, Clement House, Aldwych; room CLM 502

The seminar will overview the OECD Regional Well-Being FrameworkOECDWBtool and the main insights on the factors determining well-being in regions. It will also discuss possible extensions of this framework to provide evidence for decision making to pursue an inclusive growth agenda in regions that combines increased prosperity in different dimensions with greater equity. Abstract

The seminar is free and open to all – there is no need to register.

 

Economic wellbeing

As the World Economic Forum is holding its Annual Meeeting in Switzerland this week we look at economics and wellbeing.

There is a growing movement which argues that you should measure a country’s progress by more than GDP. The Office for National Statistics, as part of Measuring What Matters recently published economic wellbeing data  alongside the standard economic data for Q3 2014.wellbeing900_tcm77-390268

This is the first time that these figures have been released together to present a more rounded way of assessing economic wellbeing

Our Pioneer Case study examines the work of a Career Connect, a  charity supporting  adults’ and young peoples’ resilience as they move into education or the workplace.

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Ageing Better

Last week we talked about out wellbeing for children and young people, this week we’re thinking about older people.

Yesterday saw the launch of the Centre for Ageing Better, a fellow What Works Centre who have received £50million from the Big Lottery Fund. The Centre’s primary aim will be to support a good quality of life in older age and promote the benefits of an ageing society by bridging the gap between research, evidence and practice.

Our pioneer case study  this week focuses on wellbeing for older people, showcasing the Age UK project Fit for Future based in Rotherham.

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Happy New Year! Improving the wellbeing of children and young people

Happy New Year from the What Works centre for Wellbeing! 2015 will be a very exciting year and busy year!

To start off we’d like to share the recent report from the Children’s Society and NEF on improving the wellbeing of children and young people as one of our Pioneer case studies.