Central and local government

Local early action: how to make it happen

A new report on local early action was recently published by the New Economics Foundation for the Southwark and Lambeth Early Action Commission. This report is the product of an 18-month programme of work funded through Southwark and Lambeth councils…. Read more »


What Works Centre for Wellbeing

The New Economics Foundation (NEF) is now part of the newly established What Works Centre for Wellbeing. What Works is a UK government-funded initiative to enable a range of stakeholders to access independent, high quality, accessible evidence syntheses across a… Read more »


Leading the fight for fairness

By Sarah Lyall, Researcher, Social Policy, New Economics Foundation. The most intriguing developments in reducing inequality and poverty are happening in local, not national, government. In Plymouth, as in much of the rest of UK, empty homes purchased as second… Read more »


A new report on Fairness Commissions

The New Economics Foundation has published a new report by Sarah Lyall. The following is a summary of the findings. In the face of severe spending cuts, many local authorities are struggling to tackle growing levels of inequality and poverty. Others are exploring… Read more »


The Knee High Design Challenge

NEF Consulting has been appointed to evaluate the social and economic impact of new services and products for children under five years old. The Knee High Design Challenge is an open innovation programme funded by Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity,… Read more »


Local authorities: Commissioning for outcomes

We have recently, with NEF, launched a training course for local authorities on commissioning for outcomes and co-production. The first course was in November, held in London. Click here for more details. Anyone interested in registering for more information about the course should… Read more »


Visionary public services: a how-to commissioning guide

Photo credit Nick Page. NEF has published a practical guide, Commissioning for Outcomes and Co-production aimed at local authorities. NEF’s approach to commissioning provides a framework, a set of principles and practical guidance to re-assess how services are currently provided. It can… Read more »


How a city-wide approach to employment support works

AUTHORS: Rosemary Maguire and Natalie Nicholles. Statistics on unemployment are never far from newspaper headlines; the number of people out of work, the number of people on benefits, the success (or otherwise) of government programmes, the type of people on… Read more »