Yearly Archive:: 2013

LSE: Evaluation in government

LSE have published a report about Evaluation in government which complements the work published by the National Audit Office in 2011 on option appraisal, which assessed prospective costs and benefits of planned interventions. It examined the coverage, quality, use and …

Facebook is not dead, not buried

There has been a bit of a debate over whether Facebook is in decline or not. This started with new research as part of the Global Social Media Impact Study which suggested that rot had started to set in. However, …

Southwark and ESRO win MRS award

Congratulations to the London Borough of Southwark and ESRO (both LARIA Corporate members) who have won the Market Research Society (MRS) award for Public Policy/Social Research 2013. It’s a third win for ESRO in four years at the MRS awards …

IPPR North: Love thy neighbourhood

Part of ‘The Condition of Britain’ programme led by IPPR North, Love thy neighbourhood (published November 2013) explores the findings of their research and analysis on neighbourhoods: what they are, the pressures they face and how they are changing.

Using …

Nesta/LGA: 10 lessons for local authority innovators

This ‘Call for Action’ report (published November 2013) presents insight from the joint Nesta-LGA Creative Councils programme as a series of ten lessons about innovation in local government.

An interesting read that’s very relevant to the current context of doing …

London’s Poverty Profile

London’s Poverty Profile is an independent source of information about poverty and inequality in the capital. It uses the latest official data to reveal patterns of poverty across the capital in a series of reports and charts. The most recent …

LARIA response to ONS consultation on future of the Census

The census and future provision of population statistics in England and Wales

The answers below are in response to the ONS consultation document available here

Q1: What are your views of the different census approaches described in this document?

LARIA …

LARIA response to ONS consultation on Statistical Products

LARIA represents a range of different local researchers: in particular local government, NHS, police, fire and rescue services, private sector and individual freelance and academic researchers. We have 700 individual members and over 119 corporate member organisations. A full list …

A new conversation in Kirklees

A new conversation in Kirklees is a report published by The Commission on the Future of Local Government (September 2013) on Kirklees Council’s ‘It’s Time to Talk’ activity.

Set within the context of social productivity, it explores the approach taken …

LARIA response to LGA consultation on the future of the Knowledge Hub

I am writing to you on behalf of the Local Area Research and Intelligence Association (LARIA). This is our formal response to your consultation on the future of the Knowledge Hub. We have put together this response with a working …

Huddersfield Centre for Communication and Consultation Research (HCfCCR)

This new centre, a partnership between researchers at The University of Huddersfield and The Consultation Institute, was officially launched in June 2013. The work of HCfCCR will focus on both theory and practice, helping to bridge the gap between academia …

South West Observatory’s thoughts from the LARIA conference 2013

The below summary details some of the key points that SWO took away from the two day conference in Manchester. 

The main priorities/themes for the conference:

• sharing best practice across the local authority and public sector research industry

• …

What you can learn from local researchers

Vision Critical have posted their three research lessons from the LARIA annual conference. See more on the Vision Critical website 

So, what are the three lessons?

Focus on people rather than organisations. Many speakers emphasized the importance of focusing on…

Award Winner 2013: A Randomised Control Trial to assess the effectiveness of a new delivery model of family intervention

Best use of local area research 2013 sponsored by ORS

Manchester City Council

The RCT methodology in Manchester has given partners the confidence to support new and potentially ‘untested’ processes, where they have invested resources to support the trialling of …

Award Winner 2013: Developing Healthy Eating in Young Children

LARIA Research Impact Award 2013: Best use of health research 2013 sponsored by Centre for Health Informatics (CHI)

Food Dudes Health Social Enterprise, partnered with Public Health Walsall MBC and Bangor University

The Food-Dudes Early Years Programme effectively combats obesity …