Piloting the use of ‘real time data’ to help decisionmakers – the Right Here, Right Now project

Lynn Naven is from the Glasgow Centre for Population Health and recently took on the role of Project Manager of the ‘Right Here, Right Now’ project. The project aimed to capture, in real time, people’s lived experiences amidst rapid social and economic change, in order to inform policymaking and enable early action. This presentation outlines the rationale behind the project, the findings from the first phase of research and the scope of phase two.

Making the connections: Joining up research and local government

Tim Allen is from the Local Government Knowledge Navigator project which aims to find ways to bring local government and the research community together so that research is useful to and used by local authorities. This presentation is from our event last week in Glasgow, Investing in Knowledge: Improving services and decision-making, and covers some of the LGKN’s work so far in exploring the supply of research from research councils and institutions and the demand from local authorities.

Improving services through collaboration: Making time for forums and networks

Sarah Jennings is Director of Digital and Community Engagement at CapacityGrid Knowledge Hub. This presentation was given at the ‘Investing in knowledge – improving services and decision-making‘ conference last week. It discusses the important role of social platforms and fora in knowledge exchange.

The Use and Application of Knowledge: A practitioner’s Guide

This presentation was given by our director, Rebecca Riley, at our recent event ‘Investing in Knowledge – improving services and decision-making‘. It explores different decision making models and how services like The Knowledge Exchange inform different stages of the decision making process. Stay tuned for the rest of the presentations from the day.

The Autumn Statement 2014

Pound coin

By Alex Thomas

Chancellor George Osborne’s 2014 Autumn Statement was delivered at 12.30 GMT today in the House of Commons. The Autumn Statement is an opportunity for the Chancellor to update MPs on the Government’s plans for the economy based on the latest forecasts from the Independent Officer for Budget Responsibility (OBR).

As many predicted the chancellor committed to further tightening public finances within the statement. He went on to say that if the Conservatives remain in government after the May General Election there will be substantial savings in public spending. Continue reading

De-mystifying social enterprise

social saturday 13 september 2014

by Alex Thomas

Tomorrow marks the first Social Saturday (#socialsaturday), a day to celebrate and buy from social enterprises in the UK. Social enterprises are a growing social and economic force with approximately 70,000 operating in the UK contributing £18.5 billion to the economy according to government data. However, despite this presence and impact less than 5 in 10 people know what a social enterprise is and less than one in ten has purchased from on in the last 12 months (according to a recent article by article by Brooks Newmark, Minister for Civil Society). Continue reading

We’re hiring! Data Scientist vacancy at The Knowledge Exchange


Alex Thomas

The Knowledge Exchange is advertising for a Data Scientist as part of a Knowledge Transfer Partnership with the School of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Salford. The role will examine the applicability of data mining techniques to big data held within Knowledge Exchange and Idox products including The Information Service.

The Information Service holds a unique collection of over 40 years of UK public sector research, strategy and policy. Such a collection offers rich and unique potential for sentiment analysis of the shifts and trends in public sector research since the 1970s. Anonymised user log-data from the Information Service could also be analysed to provide an unparalleled view of how the public sector uses and accesses research. This has far-reaching implications for academic research impact and funding. Continue reading

How much affordable housing can developers support?

Kensington street

Dorothy Laing

In a recent planning appeal decision a developer’s plans were blocked by the Planning Inspectorate because they failed to provide sufficient funding for affordable housing. This decision is significant to both developers and local authorities and highlights the need for accurate viability assessments of the amount of affordable housing which a development can support. Continue reading

A local crisis? Local authorities and the housing crisis

Miniature red and green houses against a white background.By Alex Addyman

England needs to provide between 200,000 and 250,000 homes each year to meet the current housing shortage. The role of local authorities in meeting this shortfall was recognised in the Autumn Statement and has been progressed through some recent policy initiatives. This blog considers some of these initiatives and questions whether local authorities have the capacity to deliver them. Continue reading

A new era in UK Higher Education

‘The UK has witnessed the dawn of a new era in Higher Education’
Dr Tim Vorley University of Sheffield

college graduates groupOur colleagues in Grantfinder have produced a white paper called Achieving Higher Education Growth – An Overview of International Competitiveness and Student Recruitment which provides insight into the challenges faced and strategies adopted by the UK Higher Education sector in order to grow. As well as a host of useful facts, findings and case studies, it makes the case that universities can only achieve high international rankings if they explore non-traditional funding sources and recruit and retain higher levels of students.

Download the report here.

Grantfinder is an all-encompassing funding solution, providing bespoke grants and policy information services to a wide range of organisations in the UK’s public, private and voluntary sectors. Click here for more information on our bespoke sites for local government, housing associations, colleges and universities, health organisations and emergency services…