17 May 2021

Innovating for a fairer start

Innovating for a fairer start image

With the launch of Nesta’s new 10-year strategy earlier this year, early years and education forms one of three focus areas – our ambition being to increase the number of children from disadvantaged backgrounds who reach a good level of development at age five. Putting our strategy into action, we have started by working as an innovation partner to three local authorities to improve school readiness levels – a new way of working for us which involves using innovation approaches in a more applied way to create social impact.

When developing our strategy, one of the challenges councils told us they faced was a lack of internal capacity to do the discovery work, solution building and evaluation which turns innovation into impact. As an innovation partner to councils or other delivery organisations in the early years, we provide a dedicated team to enable our partners to find new solutions which ultimately contribute to better child development outcomes. Our multidisciplinary team includes data scientists, designers, experimental researchers, alongside behavioural science and collective intelligence experts, using this expertise to help organisations working on the ground who have the local and contextual knowledge to make the partnerships a success.

To continue reading visit The MJ (£)

Skate parks are not the only fruit image

Skate parks are not the only fruit

On Go Skateboarding Day, Susannah Walker asks councils and their leisure and park departments to think differently about what facilities they provide for teenagers.
SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Interim Head of Fostering

Tile Hill
Negotiable day rate
We are working with a local authority client in London who is looking for an Interim Head of Fostering, the local authority was last inspected as “... London (Central), London (Greater)
Recuriter: Tile Hill

Interim Head of Children in Care and Care Leavers

Tile Hill
Negotiable day rate
We are working with a local authority client in London who is looking for an Interim Head of Children in Care and Care Leavers, the local authority... London (Central), London (Greater)
Recuriter: Tile Hill

Head of Regeneration and Economy

City of York Council
£59,593 - £68,094
York is a wonderful place to live and work and it is quite rightly famous across the globe. York, North Yorkshire / Hybrid
Recuriter: City of York Council

Clinical Lead, North Essex

Essex County Council
Negotiable
Clinical Lead, North EssexPermanent, Full TimeUp to £57,869 per annumLocation
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Assistant Director Legal,&Governance/Monitoring Officer

Rochdale BC
£70,340 - £81,589
The Assistant Director role has breadth of responsibility beyond legal services incorporating Constitutional and Democratic Services Rochdale, Greater Manchester
Recuriter: Rochdale BC

Partner Content

Circular highways is a necessity not an aspiration – and it’s within our grasp

Shell is helping power the journey towards a circular paving industry with Shell Bitumen LT R, a new product for roads that uses plastics destined for landfill as part of the additives to make the bitumen.

Support from Effective Energy Group for Local Authorities to Deliver £430m Sustainable Warmth Funded Energy Efficiency Projects

Effective Energy Group is now offering its support to the 40 Local Authorities who have received a share of the £430m to deliver their projects on the ground by surveying properties and installing measures.

Pay.UK – the next step in Bacs’ evolution

Dougie Belmore explains how one of the main interfaces between you and Bacs is about to change.