Central and local government

Wellbeing inequality: Research shines light on council ‘happiness gap’

New research by the New Economics Foundation for the What Works Centre for Wellbeing has revealed the differences in wellbeing across council areas in the United Kingdom. Pulling together a wide range of data, the report, Measuring wellbeing inequality in Britain, the research has the opportunity to provide insight into numerous areas – as noted by the… Read more »


Establishing community-defined social KPIs for regeneration programmes

Author: Elizabeth Cox, Associate Director, NEF Consulting There has never been a greater and more urgent need for a new economy. In response to challenges around housing and rising land prices, many local authorities are moving people in social and council homes out of their communities. YourMK is refreshingly different in their approach to regeneration…. Read more »


One Ilfracombe

Theory of Change evaluation and prospective ‘Living Well’ Value for Money assessment. Ilfracombe is a small seaside town that attracts retirees and has an ageing population that makes up around a third of the town’s total population. One Ilfracombe aims to give residents increased participation in the design and delivery of local services. Its focus is on… Read more »


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. Recognising the potential benefits that a preventative approach can bring, the two councils set up… 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 broad range of social policy areas, from crime reduction to health, social care and, now,… 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 properties or speculative investments are a growing problem – a waste of resources given the… 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 fresh and participative approaches to improving the lives of their residents in difficult financial circumstances…. 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, and run by the Design Council in partnership with Southwark and Lambeth Councils. It supports… 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 contact enquiries@nefconsulting.com  NEF has also published a practical guide, Commissioning for Outcomes and Co-production aimed at local authorities. NEF’s approach to commissioning provides… Read more »