Networks and charitable organisations that help to inform my work
I keep myself informed by regularly reading research reports, blogs, comment and articles in the following:
UK and Wales based not-for-profit organisations
Bevan Foundation: http://www.bevanfoundation.org/
This is one of my favourite sources of information about social justice issues. The Bevan Foundation has a very small team but manages to undertake quality research into the causes of injustice and are very pro-active in supporting those seeking solutions. Their website is a good source of information for Wales related issues and broader UK issues. Members get regular newsletters.
Joseph Rowntree Foundation: http://www.jrf.org.uk/
The output of JRF is prodigious and their research is wide-ranging across poverty in its broadest sense, community resilience and issues of old age. Like the Bevan Foundation they undertake research, suggest solutions and seek to influence policymakers.
The People and Work Unit: http://www.peopleandworkunit.org.uk/index.html
The People and Work Unit undertakes good quality research and evaluation work and it specialises also in innovative action-research projects. These action-research projects are usually undertaken in partnership with community groups and some very positive sustainable outcomes have been reported.
Children In Wales: http://www.childreninwales.org.uk
Children In Wales collects and disseminates information about issues affecting children and young people and promote good practice through publications, conferences, seminars and training.
Save the Children: http://www.savethechildren.org.uk/where-we-work/united-kingdom/wales
Information on international and national anti-poverty programmes.
Children’s Rights in Wales: online resources http://www.childrensrightswales.org.uk/
This website has been designed to help local practitioners, policy makers, managers and strategists develop their understanding of children’s rights and how to adopt a children’s rights perspective to their work. It is not being staffed at present but resources are still available.
The European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN) http://www.eapn.eu/en
EAPN is the largest European network of national, regional and local networks, involving anti-poverty NGOs and grassroots groups as well as European Organisations, active in the fight against poverty and social exclusion. It was established in 1990.
The membership of EAPN is involved in a variety of activities aimed at combating poverty and social exclusion including, education and training activities, service provision and activities aimed at the participation and empowerment of people experiencing poverty and social exclusion.
See their latest magazine http://www.eapn.eu/images/stories/docs/MAG/MAG-139-EN.pdf for some thought provoking reviews of what’s happening to welfare systems in European countries and views on how we need to restructure our economies to ensure wellbeing of all, not just a few.
Barbara Helfferich, Director of EAPN, states…
“Welfare states emerged with the belief and knowledge that more equal societies do better. Political leaders decided to ignore that reality when answering to the crisis, by a “there is no other choice” and growth-driven austerity measures. At the expense of people, societies and even economies.”
I also like the article in the EAPN Mag by Francine Mestrum of Global Social Justice. She sets out some inspiring thinking about ‘Social commons’ at the heart of sustainable alternatives to previous growth-based anti-poverty strategies. www.globalsocialjustice.eu
Universities’ Sites & Blogs – sharing of research knowledge
Cardiff University – research at School of Social Sciences: http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/socsi/research/fundedresearch/1213/index.html
This is an interesting piece of research – Representing communities: Developing the creative power of people to improve health and well-being. http://sites.cardiff.ac.uk/representingcommunities/
Bristol University’s Policy and Politics journal offers free articles that are very topical http://www.policypress.co.uk/journals_pap.asp
London School of Economics (LSE) http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/politicsandpolicy/
The aim of British Politics and Policy blogs at LSE is to:
- increase the public understanding of the social sciences in the context of UK government
- facilitate the sharing and exchange of knowledge between experts within and outside universities
- open up academic research to increase its impact
Results Based Accountability
My favourite way to keep up with good news and case studies of use of RBA/OBATM from around the world is on the RBA Facebook page.
Leeds Obsession – David Burnby has recently posted a case study on the Facebook page of work led by Nigel Richardson, Director of Children and Young People’s Services for the City of Leeds, UK -
“This case study shows how clear leadership, and a focus on improving the things that matter, is impacting on the well-being of Children and Young People in Leeds. ‘Nigel’s Obsessions’ are the three indicators he feels are the ‘herd leaders’ for Leeds.”
David Burnby’s own site offers free resources and reflections in his blog about challenges and good practice: http://davidburnby.co.uk/
Mark Freidman’s own website: http://www.resultsaccountability.com/ offers a range of resources and news about practice. You’ll also get to know more about the man himself.
A 2006 Guardian interview with Mark Freidman http://www.theguardian.com/society/2006/nov/01/childrensservices.guardiansocietysupplement
The article refers to problems identified in the Every Child Matters programme in England, mostly due to organisations’ reticence in working collaboratively. In 2014 silo working is still prevalent.