Topic: Communities and society

From social engagement to civic action – how can local government engage citizens in democracy and delivery? What can communities do for themselves with the support of local public bodies?

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Connecting with Country in the built environment

In 2020, the NSW Government Architect released a ‘Draft Connecting with Country’ framework for the planning, design, and delivery of all New South Wales Government built environment projects that aim to ‘connect’ us with Country. This briefing outlines the core aims of the framework and its implications for New South Wales local governments.

Australia Briefing
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IFS-Deaton Inequality Review: Early Childhood Inequalities

In June 2022 the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) published five papers on families and early childhood development. This briefing deals with one of the longest of these papers: Early childhood inequalities.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing
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What is the role of subjective wellbeing in levelling up? Social Market Foundation research

Improving and equalising wellbeing is one of the fundamental missions of the UK Government’s levelling up agenda, but new research from the Social Market Foundation finds many economically prosperous places have low levels of wellbeing, whilst economically challenged places report higher wellbeing. This paradox has implications for policy making.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing
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People and housing – Census 2022

The recent Census of Population 2022 – Preliminary Results, which revealed that Ireland’s population had passed 5 million for the first time in over 170 years, had a considerable focus on housing. This briefing reviews the census results in conjunction with relevant housing data to consider how housing supply has measured up.

Ireland Briefing
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ONS place-based statistics and intelligence – an update

This briefing provides an overview of recent ONS place-based statistics about your area – including, most significantly, the first release of Census 2021 data. Local authorities should ensure their intelligence capabilities are fit for evidence-informed decision-making. This briefing provides a starter for that.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing
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Social infrastructure – rapid evidence review of community initiatives

There is growing interest amongst politicians and policymakers in the potential role of social/community infrastructure in promoting thriving communities. Policies introduced across several UK nations aim to grow social infrastructure. This report examines the evidence base on ‘what works’ with regard to social infrastructure and community initiatives.

Australia, England & Wales, Scotland Briefing