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LARIA Y&H – Sept 2015 event summary

A sunny Autumn day in Yorkshire saw another good turnout to our third LARIA Yorkshire & the Humber network event, held at Kirklees College in Huddersfield on Wednesday 23rd September.

Inspired by 2015 being the ‘international year of evaluation’, we …

Demystifying data: the data revolution and what it means for local government

This new paper from the think tank NLGN (New Local Government Network) warns that if councils fail to understand and harness the power of data they risk making themselves irrelevant to their citizens.

Demystifying data: the data revolution and what …

GIS and Public Health – Mapping Public Health Service Provision

By Andrew Fitzpatrick, Geographic Research and Information Officer, Kirklees Council

From April 2013, Local Authorities gained responsibility for commissioning key public health services through primary care providers (GPs and pharmacies).  Such services include smoking cessation, alcohol identification and brief advice …

A new approach to policy and strategy in Kirklees

Sharing stories as part of Local Area Research Fortnight 2015…

By John Heneghan – Head of Policy & Strategy, Kirklees Council.

We’ve started a major transformation programme in Kirklees, with the aim of creating our ‘New Council’…

We want to …

The Involve planning tool – how we share engagement in Kirklees

Sharing stories as part of Local Area Research Fortnight 2015…

By Nicki Boothman, Corporate Research and Consultation Officer at Kirklees Council

“Early February I spotted a project on Involve called Nurturing Parents Programme, around bonding and attachment. A couple of …

Why quality local area research is key to the future of communities

As Local Area Research Fortnight gets underway, Michael Fountain, Research Director at Qa Research, says there has never been a greater need to know what service users think…

We all know that councils face huge pressures to make savings. As …

Understanding community relations in Kirklees

Sharing stories as part of Local Area Research Fortnight 2015…

Kirklees Council and the University of Huddersfield have been working together on two complementary strands of research to help us better understand cohesion issues and support our developing work on …

BSPS conference – call for papers

BSPS (British Society for Population Studies) Annual Conference  Leeds University, 7th-9th September 2015

The BSPS Annual conference is in Leeds this year, September 7th – 9th. We are seeking offers of 15 – 20 minute presentations on the following aspects …

Centre for Cities – Cities Outlook 2015

Cities make up just 9% of the UK’s landmass …but make a much bigger contribution to the national economy

The latest Cities Outlook (January 2015) explores how cities have grown over the last 10 years and how policy has sought …

LARIA Y&H – Feb 2015 event summary

Following on from last year’s launch in Huddersfield, we saw another great turnout for our second Y&H networking event in Leeds on 2nd February 2015. The morning began with Stuart Cameron-Strickland (Leeds City Council) and Will Ridge (Leeds Intelligence Hub) …

The state of the North: setting a baseline for the devolution decade

The state of the North: Setting a baseline for the devolution decade

This new report from IPPR North, marking 10 years since their launch, highlights the most important trends in the north of England over the last decade.

Looking at …

LARIA Yorkshire and the Humber event summary

It was fantastic to welcome so many people to the Researcher Hub at the University of Huddersfield on Thursday 25th September for what I hope was the first of many regional events for Yorkshire & the Humber.

As well as …

National Citizen Service programme evaluation

Ipsos-MORI Social Research Institute have just published their first stage of evaluation of the 2013 National Citizen Service (NCS) programme. This work, commissioned by the Cabinet Office, looks at young people’s experiences of NCS, the short term impacts of the …

JRF guest blog: neighbourhood approaches to loneliness

Can a neighbourhood approach to loneliness contribute to people’s well-being?

If you attended the 2014 LARIA conference you might have been at the workshop session run by Tracey Robbins (Joseph Rowntree Foundation) and Angela Browne (Qa Research) on neighbourhood approaches …

Learning from LARIA 2014

Two days, 159 delegates, 15 speakers, 4 workshops, 6 award winners, and lots of learning…

This year’s conference celebrated LARIA’s 40th year, and despite the challenges we undoubtedly face as local researchers there was a strong sense that we have …