policy formulation

Stronger collective voice for people with dementia

A growing number of people with dementia in the UK are becoming actively involved in groups to try to influence services and policies affecting people with dementia. The Dementia Engagement & Empowerment Project (DEEP) was a one-year investigation aiming to highlight groups and projects involving people with dementia. The report offers specific ways forward for organisations wishing to engage with people with dementia. Resource published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation in October 2012. Summary and full report available.

The Wise Group: Research and Policy

The Research and Policy team enables the Wise Group to influence Westminster, Holyrood and other decision makers’ policies more effectively, and to contribute to the Wise Group’s continuous development through gaining a more sophisticated understanding of the needs of its client groups.

Practitioners’ experiences of implementing national education policy at the local level: an examination of 16-19 policy

This systematic review was published by EPPI-Centre in 2008. Systematic reviews aim to find as much as possible of the research relevant to the particular research questions, and use explicit methods to identify what can reliably be said on the basis of these studies.

Youth access to information, advice and counselling (Policy briefing September 2009)

Briefing paper for policy makers and planners with an interest in the young people’s workforce; integrated youth support services (particularly information, advice and guidance); community legal services; and front-line services wanting to develop their rights-based advice services to young people.

Evidence based research (Radio 4 series: Thinking Allowed)

This episode of Radio 4's Thinking Allowed series includes a segment on evidence based research. The government has been strongly committed to evidence-based policy and practice. It wants to use evidence of what works to inform and drive ambitious and innovative social programmes. Issues surrounding how evidence-based research is used and whether policy is based on evidence or informed by it.

Standing together : principles to reduce children and young people's involvement in gun and knife crime

Report exploring how gun and knife crime affects children and young people in England. It brings together various strands of evidence and proposes ten principles to improve children and young people's safety and reduce their risk of offending.

Re:action : the Consultation Toolkit

This is a practical guide about how to consult with children and young people on policy related issues. It is written for community workers, youth workers, teachers, local authority workers, facilitators and other organisations and individuals working with children and young people. It is also for children and young people themselves who may be involved or interested in organising a consultation exercise.[Feb 2008 - no longer available from Save the Children]

Towards a popular, preventative youth justice system

In 1998 Labour made significant reforms to the youth justice system. A decade later these have failed to reduce offending. This report proposes ways in which the youth justice system could reduce offending, as well as ways of creating public confidence in the system. Contents include: why we need a new approach to youth justice; a tale of two targets - why a new approach is needed; objectives, barriers to, and new principles of youth justice; can a new direction be preventative?; will the public support popular preventionism?

Missing out: young runaways in Scotland

Summary of a report into the problem of runaway young people outlining the research methods used and the conclusions reached.

Policy into practice : a guide to workplace drug and alcohol policies

Leaflet providing guidance for employers on drawing up policies on drugs and alcohol in the workplace.