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Article that asks why bureaucracy is derailing personalisation and what can be done to rescue the policy.

Resource allocation systems based upon measures of need are one widely adopted approach to estimating the cost of the individual service user’s care package in a manner directly proportionate to individual need. 

However, some recent studies have questioned the feasibility and utility of such systems, arguing that the relationship between needs and costs cannot be modelled with sufficient accuracy to provide a useful guide to individual allocation. In contrast, this paper presents three studies demonstrating that this is possible.

Discussion paper on why the underpinning notion of self directed support seems to have failed in its ambitions. It also looks at how the concepts of personalisation and personal budgets associated with self-directed support may retain value if interpreted in an appropriate way, delivered through an appropriate strategy.

Social enterprise, characterised by organisations enacting a hybrid mix of non-profit and for-profit characteristics, is increasingly regarded as an important component in the regeneration of areas affected by social and economic deprivation. In parallel there has been growing academic, practitioner and policy interest in 'social value' and 'social impact' within the broader 'social economy'.

This is an article from the New Yorker that looks at innovation and creativity in the context of the development of computers and printers.  

Weiss suggests 7 ways in which social science research is used in policy making.

This article covers some of the different approaches to policy evaluation. It considers some of the barriers to policy evaluation, the role of pilot studies, and what kinds of methods and evaluations may be most useful in a social policy context.  

Shonkoff argues that Science, Policy and Practice are distinct cultures with their own approaches to research and evidence.  However, since they have a common goal (in this case, improving interventions for children) we need to find creative ways of blending these cultures.  He introduces the reader to the main differences between these cultures, and some of the challenges facing evidence-based approaches in this context.

This article provides a useful histoy, and discussion of the key debates surrounding, evidence-based approaches in a social service context.