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Evidence for change

January 29, 2015 by Ingrid Koehler

Local government needs radical change - but too often innovation stalls at the demand for evidence. How can we build evidence into the innovation cycle?


Behaviour change: policy in practice briefing

December 1, 2014

This briefing reviews the development of behavioural science and behaviour change in public policy. It highlights the work of the Cabinet Office ‘Nudge Unit’ and the Government’s continued commitment to the approach. The briefing aims to stimulate debate within individual councils and departments around the potential for behavioural science-inspired techniques…


The value of community sport

May 7, 2014 by Ingrid Koehler

Some of the key policy concerns of the last decade have been about increasing activity, promoting community spirit, increasing connectedness and volunteerism, skills promotion and more recently combatting loneliness. For me, community sport has helped with all of these.  I play myself and support my son’s age group at my…


Policy works: does form follow function?

March 4, 2014 by Ingrid Koehler

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about form and function in local government. For communications, for engagement, for policy. Hopefully you’ve seen news of our new policy network.  We want to know what makes a great policy team tick.  Where do good policy teams sit inside the organisation? What functions…


The power of the network

January 31, 2014 by Ingrid Koehler

Individuals act, but networks influence and inform. I’m a big believer in the power of networks to share information and to get stuff done. That’s why I’m very excited that LGiU is supporting a new network of policy leads in our member organisations to share their experience and thinking, to work…


The Coalition’s housing and planning reform package

September 7, 2012 by LGiU

Why is planning in the news again? In March 2012 the government launched its National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) with a clear, if ambitious, timetable for LPAs to work to, and a sense that the dust had settled after months of bitter wrangling. Against that backdrop, the Prime Minister’s exhortation…


So, does nudging make a difference?

July 20, 2011 by Janet Sillett

Can the government, change not just me but the whole population’s behaviour to make us all healthier and happier?