LARIA Research Impact Awards Shortlist 2017

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The LARIA Research Impact Awards recognise the impact of research as a local level and showcase the very best work of our members. The winners will be announced on the first day of the LARIA Conference at our awards dinner on 23rd May 2017.

Best use of local area research – Sponsored by the Local Government Association (LGA)

To win this award the successful entrant will show how their research has led to a greater understanding of a local area or an issue that is locally important. This could be based on primary or secondary data analysis. Not only that, but they must also show that this has led to evidence-based decision-making within at least one public sector body. Judges will be looking for submissions that show a well-argued methodology, clear reporting of the findings and impact. Ideally the winner will also show strong partnership working, citizen/user involvement/engagement, innovation, and the outcomes that have been achieved locally.

Shortlisted:

  • Britain Thinks and Islington Council – Islington Youth: Better Futures
  • Manchester City Council – Troubled Families Evaluation 2017
  • Manchester City Council – Securing a ward boundary review using a local forecasting model
  • Powys County Council – Older People Accommodation, Our Vision for the future

Best use of social care or health research

To win this award the successful entrant will show how their research has led to a greater understanding of a social care or health issue. This could be based on primary or secondary data analysis. Not only that, but they must also show that this has led to evidence-based decision-making within the social care or health sectors. Our definition of social care and health sectors is in the broadest sense and includes public health. We would welcome entries that cover more than one sector. Judges will be looking for submissions that show a well-argued methodology, clear reporting of the findings and impact. Ideally the winner will also show strong partnership working, citizen/user involvement/engagement, innovation, and the outcomes that have been achieved locally.

Shortlisted:

  • Britain Thinks and Healthy London Partnership – The Great Weight Debate
  • Essex County Council – Self-Narrative Recovery – Owning the Journey through the Mental Health Accommodation pathway
  • Powys County Council – Older People Accommodation, Our Vision for the future

Best use of community safety or policing research

To win this award the successful entrant will show how their research has led to a greater understanding of a community safety or policing issue. This could be based on primary or secondary data analysis. Not only that, but they must also show that this has led to evidence-based decision-making within the community safety and policing sectors. Judges will be looking for submissions that show a well-argued methodology, clear reporting of the findings and impact. Ideally the winner will also show strong partnership working, citizen/user involvement/engagement, innovation, and the outcomes that have been achieved locally.

Shortlisted:

  • Lancashire County Council – Understanding of complex anti-social behaviour cases including cases presented at partner risk assessment conference (ASBRAC)
  • Essex County Council – Essex Data Programme: Tackling issues earlier through smarter use of data

Most engaging presentation of local area research

To win this award the successful entrant will show how they have successfully presented local area research to aid understanding of a local area, community or health issue. The audience for this presentation could include senior decision-makers, staff, the media and the public. The format of the presentation could include (but is not limited to) a written report, conference presentation, event/seminar, videos, infographics, an online portal/website or use of media. Judges will be looking for submissions that show a creative approach that understands the needs of the audience receiving the information. There should be evidence that research findings have been reported clearly and are fairly represented by the presentation of it. Ideally the winner will also show strong partnership working, citizen/user involvement/engagement, innovation and the outcomes that have been achieved locally.

Shortlisted:

  • Essex County Council – From monster mother to local leader
  • Kirklees Council – Online and redefined: Refreshing our approach to the JSNA

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