Are Social Impact Bonds an Innovation in Finance or Do They Help Finance Social Innovation?

Using data from the Social Finance UK Database and focusing on SIBs in the US and UK, Olson et al. evaluate whether the SIB approach aligns with the theoretical predictions of social innovation.

Can a focus on co-created, strengths-based services facilitate early-stage innovation within social impact bonds?

Co-creation and strength-based working as characteristics of social innovation bonds.

Theme: Social Innovation in Public Services – Innovating ‘Co-Creative’ Relationships Between Services, Citizens and Communities?

The authors report and analyse innovative co-creative initiatives involving marginalized and stigmatized groups (prisoners, urban racialized minorities, rural poor populations including Roma).

Book Review: Local Social Innovation to Combat Poverty and Exclusion: A Critical Appraisal

This book review by Sue Baines provides an insight into the value that Oosterlynck, Novy and Kazepov's book brings to the field of social innovation.

Social Innovation and Co-creation in Smallscale Renewable Energy: an Asset-based Approach

This paper makes a novel contribution by turning an ‘asset’ lens onto social and technical innovation in the context of the small-scale generation of renewable energy.

Co-Creating Rehabilitation: Findings From a Pilot and Implications for Wider Public Service Reform

As part of a large pan-European project on co-creating public services we supported the design of a programme in England that attempted to operationalise research on desistance, through a model of co-created, strengths-based working. We then evaluated its implementation and impact.

The gig economy: entrepreneurialism, solidarity and the myth of flexibility

Venue: On-line
26th of November, 09.00 to 10.30 GMT

‘Good stories get lost in bureaucracy!’

Cultural biases and information for co-production

Cycling Societies: Innovations, Inequalities and Governance – book launch

Venue: On-line
8th of November, 17.30 - 19.00 GMT

A New Agenda for Co-Creating Public Services

This paper draws together key findings from CoSIE with a particular focus on what these imply for new policy and practice in public services in the form of a discussion paper aimed at European, national and regional policy-makers.

Making Sense of Information and Evidence for Co-Creation

A blog for the H2020 project CoSIE, reflecting on ways to navigate tensions between differing views on good information and reliable evidence.

Cycling Societies Innovations, Inequalities and Governance

Emerging debates and questions around cycling

Social Impact Bonds 2.0? Findings from a Study of Four UK SIBs

How Social Impact Bonds can facilitate a move to strengths-based service delivery and help drive innovation in public service delivery

Policy failure or f***up: homelessness and welfare reform in England

Homelessness and welfare reform in England

In-work progression

Response to Department for Work and Pensions call for evidence and good practice on in-work progression.

Staying Close Evaluation

Publication Date: Monday 02 November 2020

Where Next for Co-creating Public Services?

Emerging lessons and new questions from CoSIE

Where next for co-creating public services? Policy Seminar

Venue: On-line
Wed 7 October 2020

Implementing Innovative Social Investment: Strategic Lessons from Europe

This edited collection brings regional and local realities to the forefront of social investment debates by showcasing successes, challenges and setbacks of Social Investment policies and services from ten European countries.

Commissioning and social determinants: evidence and opportunities

This chapter argues that local authorities can and should use their purchasing power strategically to address the social determinants of health that affect their local area.

In-work poverty: low pay, productivity and gender – Professor Ashwin Kumar’s Inaugral Lecture

Venue: Geoffrey Manton Building, Manchester Metropolitan University | Mon 15 June 2020

Kids Rule OK! Webinar: Tips and Pitfalls of engaging with children in evaluations

Venue: Zoom organised by the UK Evaluation Society | 9 July 2020

Modelling the Economic Impact of a Citizen’s Basic Income in Scotland

A report, co-authored by researchers from the Fraser of Allander Institute, Manchester Metropolitan University and IPPR Scotland, looks at the costs and benefits of implementing a basic income in Scotland and the channels through which it may impact upon the economy.

Radical Home Care: How self-managing teams could save social care

Venue: Geoffrey Manton Building, Manchester Metropolitan University
Tue 10 March 2020

Towards a Theoretical Framework for Social Impact Bonds

Governments in some of the world’s richest nations appear to be caught in a double challenge of declining social budgets even as social needs are increasing.

Working towards social inclusion: Supporting offenders and marginalised groups into sustainable employment

Venue: Geoffrey Manton Building, Manchester Metropolitan University
Tue 11 February 2020

Innovation and the Evidence Base

This report explores the concept of innovation and its application to the delivery of probation services.

PERU participates in the General Assembly of the European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research

PERU's Chris Fox and Ashwin Kumar too part in the General Assembly of the UN affiliated European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research.

Successful US launch of our partnership with Sol Price Center for Social Innovation at University of Southern California

PERU's Chris Fox was at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles last week for the launch of our partnership with the Price Center for Social Innovation.

Are Social Impact Bonds an Innovation in Finance or Do They Help Finance Social Innovation?

Venue: University of Southern California
Tue 1 October 2019

In-work poverty: low pay, productivity and gender

Venue: Geoffrey Manton Building, Manchester Metropolitan University
Mon 9 September 2019

Professor Susan Baines Inaugural Lecture: Reinventing the past – investing in the future

Venue: LT1 Geoffrey Manton, Manchester Metropolitan University
Mon 25 March 2019

Implementing Innovative Social Investment

Available Open Access under CC-BY-NC licence. The turn towards a Social Investment approach to welfare implies deploying resources to enhance human capital and mobilise the productive potential of citizens, starting in early childhood.

Evaluating outcome-based payment programmes: challenges for evidence-based policy

We review the state of evaluation within outcome-based commissioning in the United Kingdom.

Social Impact Bonds: More Than One Approach

A look at how social impact bonds differ between projects and geographies, and how those differences impact practical implementation.

Offender to Entrepreneur: Sharing best practice from the USA in enabling individuals to develop a crime free future

Venue: Manchester Metropolitan University
Wed 9 January 2019

Homelessness and the Private Rented Sector

Homelessness has a devastating effect on those who experience it and is costly to the public purse.

Complex commissioning for complex needs using partnerships, individuals assets and lived experience

Venue: Manchester Metropolitan University
Tue 6 November 2018

Innovation and Social Investment Programs in Europe

There is a lack of empirical research around sub‐national Social Investment programs, and a lack of connectivity with social innovation.

Engaging Offenders – exploring alternative approaches to commissioning voluntary sector services

Venue: Manchester Metropolitan University
Thu 13 September 2018

How Could Brexit Affect Poverty in the UK?

This briefing analyses Brexit’s potential impact on families in poverty, along with other forces that could help or hinder efforts to solve UK poverty.

Book Launch of Payment by Results and Social Impact Bonds: Outcome-based Payment Systems

Venue: Geoffrey Manton Building, Manchester Metropolitan University
Tue 12 June 2018

Co-Creation and Co-Production in the United Kingdom – A Rapid Evidence Assessment – March 2018

This Rapid Evidence Assessment sought to arrive at an updated synthesis of the co-creation and co-production evidence base in the United Kingdom.

Payment by results and social impact bonds

Outcome-based payment systems in the UK and US

Supported Housing Symposium

Venue: Manchester, UK
Thu 15 March 2018

Piloting different approaches to personalised offender management in the English CJS

Various approaches to personalisation are well-established in the UK social care sector and are now starting to ‘travel’ to other sectors.

Cooperating Out of Crime? What can cooperatives bring to prisoner rehabilitation?

Venue: Manchester Metropolitan University
Tue 21 November 2017

Innovative Social Investment: Finding New Routes to Make Social Rights Real

Venue: Louvain (Brussels)
Fri 13 October 2017

Innovative technology to deliver outcomes for people with disabilities & long-term health conditions

Venue: Manchester Metropolitan University
Tue 11 July 2017

Innovative Social Investment: Reforming public services

Venue: Manchester Metropolitan University
Thu 22 June 2017 — Fri 23 June 2017

The Economic Inefficiency of Student Fees and Loans

In this report, published by the Intergenerational Foundation, Kevin argues that the benefits of a young person getting a higher education qualification in England accrue in the ratio 58% to the nation and 42% to the graduate.

‘Personalisation’: Is social innovation possible under Transforming Rehabilitation?

When the Coalition government’s ‘rehabilitation revolution’ was first articulated, innovation was an important theme, encompassing innovation by frontline staff, by organisations working within a mixed economy and even social entrepreneurs.

Hello . . . is it me you’re commissioning for?

Venue: Geoffrey Manton Building, Manchester Metropolitan University | Thu 16 June 2016

Personalisation, Innovation and Transforming Rehabilitation

Venue: Geoffrey Manton Building, Manchester Metropolitan University | Thu 19 May 2016

Personalisation: operationalizing ‘desistance’ and commissioning for justice reinvestment

Slides from Clinks 'Just and Affordable Rehabilitation' Conference, London, 1st December 2015

Wellbeing beyond GDP

Venue: Manchester Metropolitan University | Wed 4 November 2015

Effective de-commissioning: the flip-side of effective commissioning

Venue: Geoffrey Manton Building, Manchester Metropolitan University Location: Manchester, Uk | Wed 21 October 2015

Rethinking the Economics of Crime and Justice

Venue: Geoffrey Manton Building, Manchester Metropolitan University | Thu 24 September 2015

The next five years of criminal justice for England and Wales

Venue: Manchester Metropolitan University. Location: Geoffrey Manton Building, Rosamund Street West, Manchester M15 6LL. | Mon 20 July 2015

Evaluation webinar: economic evaluation

Venue: Online: | Mon 1 June 2015

How to Run the Country Manual – Election Special Discussion

Venue: Manchester Metropolitan University Business School | Tue 21 April 2015

Webinar 1: Getting Started and Theory of Change

Venue: Webinar. Location Manchester Metropolitan University | Mon 30 March 2015
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The role of social innovation in criminal justice reform and the risk posed by proposed reforms

The UK government has called for a rehabilitation revolution in England and Wales and put its faith in market testing.

Alcohol Interventions in Prison – Brief Interventions, Screening, Recovery

Venue: Manchester Evening Seminar | Thu 5 February 2015

Pay Progression: Understanding the Barriers for the Lowest Paid

This report, produced in a collaboration between the CIPD and John Lewis Partnership, aims to uncover the experiences of employees on the lowest rates of pay and understand the contributing factors for an individual becoming ‘stuck’ on low pay.

Wealth of Our Nation: Rethinking Policies for Wealth Distribution

This paper explores the implications for public policy from the new Office of National Statistics (ONS) data source on wealth distribution in Britain, and what we know about future trends in savings, longevity, property prices and inheritance.

Justice Reinvestment in an “Age of Austerity”: Developments in the United Kingdom

In the UK, national and local governments are struggling to cope with the economic crisis which ensued in 2008.

Social innovation, an answer to contemporary societal challenges?

Social innovation discourses see in social challenges opportunities to make societies more sustainable and cohesive through inclusive practices, coproduction and pro-active grassroots initiatives.

PERU Briefing 13/01 : Justice Reinvestment Thinking outside the cell

In Crime and Punishment in America, Currie notes that, short of major wars, mass imprisonment has been the most thoroughly implemented USA government social programme of recent times.

Could Personalisation Reduce Reoffending?

Rising prison numbers and high rates of re-offending illustrate the need for criminal justice reform.

Estimating the costs and benefits of an alcohol treatment requirement

Purpose – This paper seeks to report on a project to estimate the costs and benefits of implementing an Alcohol Treatment Requirement (ATR) in Stockport.