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New blog post by Bert Provan
Stop doing things to residents of poor neighbourhoods without asking what they need

These days, few organisations can escape the clamour to assess the ‘Social Return on Investment’, or SROI, of proposed new projects. But how often are local people actually asked what they need from local investment, and how realistic are the aims of delivery? Read more in Political Quarterly here

News Posted: 05 November 2018      [Back to the Top]

Nuffield Foundation report
Can we improve the survey representation of non-resident parents, and collect robust data on reasons for separation?

CASE PhD researcher Caroline Bryson and Stephen McKay, have authored a new Nuffield Foundation report which adds to the evidence base on how to improve the data collected on family separation.

At any one time, there are more than four million children living in separated families in the UK. Improved survey data on separated families, particularly non-resident parents, has the potential to inform and improve decision making on issues such as child support, welfare benefits, and housing.

Last year Nuffield published a report, Understanding the lives of separating and separated families in the UK, which concluded that a number of the existing longitudinal surveys, including Understanding Society (the UK Household Longitudinal Study), could be enhanced to address some of the evidence gaps.

In light of this, Bryson and McKay have carried out an experimental study which tested methodologies with the potential to collect data directly from non-resident parents (rather than relying on resident parent reports) and to collect data on the reasons why families separate.

Find out more about the project on the Nuffield Foundation website and download the report in PDF.

The non-resident parent experiment is written up in more detail in a CASE Working Paper 210 (Bryson and McKay, 2018) which is available to download here.

News Posted: 26 October 2018      [Back to the Top]

CASE special event
From Input to Influence: how can the participation of people in poverty shape research and public policy?

A joint event with ATD Fourth World and Goethe University was held on Friday 16th November 2018.

Tom Croft (Member of ATD Fourth World's International Volunteer Corps) &Moraene Roberts (activist, ATD Fourth World)
Dr. Rikki Dean (Fellow in Democratic Innovations, Institute for Political Sciences, Goethe University, Frankfurt)
Introduction: Dr. Tania Burchardt (Director of CASE, The London School of Economics and Political Science)
Chair: Fran Bennett (Senior Research and Teaching Fellow, University of Oxford, and a co-author of From Input to Influence: Participatory Approaches to Research and Inquiry into Poverty with Moraene Roberts)

This seminar explored the relationship between participatory research and participation in policymaking, using the approach of ATD Fourth World as an example. Dr. Tania Burchardt opened the event with her thoughts on participatory research (click here to read Tania's opening remarks). This was follwed by Tom Croft and Moraene Roberts who described ATD’s evolution, highlighting the ways in which people with experience of poverty can participate in research and influence policy. Dr Rikki Dean then spoke about his theoretical typology of approaches to participation as well as his empirical research with those involved in participatory policy-making to examine the many purposes and values associated with participation (Click here to see Rikki's slides).

Click here to listen to podcast of the event

News Posted: 24 October 2018      [Back to the Top]

Special event held as part of the Social Exclusion seminar series
What difference does devolution make for social policies and distributional outcomes?

Social Policies and Distributional Outcomes in a Changing Britain programme series

Wednesday 4th July 2018 Listen to the audio recording of the full event here

Country level devolution: Scotland

Mark Stephens Professor of Public Policy and Director, The Urban Institute, Heriot-Watt University
Suzanne Fitzpatrick Professor of Housing and Social Policy and Director, I-SPHERE, Heriot-Watt University Presentation slides here
Devolution is an increasingly important element of the landscape for social policy making in Britain and is resulting in increased divergence in social policies with potential implications for social inequalities within and across the four countries of the UK. This seminar brought together and examined recent research findings on both country-level devolution and city/region devolution and discussed the implications of the new and emerging devolved powers for social policies and distributional outcomes. Professor Mark Stephens and Professor Suzanne Fitzpatrick draw on lessons from Scotland, where powers have been extended the furthest, with a particular focus on social security, tax, housing and homelessness.

City/region level devolution: Greater Manchester

Professor Ruth Lupton Head of Inclusive Growth Analysis Unit at the University of Manchester Presentation slides here
Ruth Lupton discussed emerging evidence from Greater Manchester in policy areas such as health and social care, employment and policing, in order to establish the nature and scope of devolution in these areas and the relationship of devolution to social policy change and addressing inequalities.

The findings are the first outputs from the new CASE research programme, Social Policies and Distributional outcomes in a Changing Britain (SPDO), which is funded by Nuffield Foundation and examines the relationship between social policy making and inequalities in 21st century Britain.


News Posted: 04 July 2018      [Back to the Top]