Social science provides a vital critical perspective on policy – but in a service-driven economy it also has many practical applications, argues David Walker, head of policy at the Academy of Social Sciences and the Campaign for Social Science.
The public debate about how to achieve better public services has unhelpfully been dominated by opposing ideological stances which state “private sector good, public sector bad,” argues Quentin Maxwell-Jackson, author of a new report on the subject.
One in three children mainly from poorer backgrounds spend little or no time in after school clubs. If they did attend them, would they do better at school and could it help close the attainment gap between rich and poor?
Young people are increasingly disengaged with politics and politicians. Can a commitment to good quality citizenship education get them to re-engage?
There is an increasing pressure to devolve more power to the regions in the wake of the Scottish referendum. Many argue that centralised control results in a “one size fits all” approach to regional policy which is no longer relevant. A new report calls for a more targeted and tailored approach.
Poorer groups have been worst affected by changes to direct taxes, benefits and tax credits despite the Coalition’s promise that the rich would carry the burden of austerity, a group of major new reports from LSE suggests. As a result, poverty has been increasing and will get worse in the next five years.
School governors play a vital role, but recruitment difficulties are most acute in disadvantaged areas where effective governance is most needed. A new national survey looks at possible solutions.
The amount of funds raised by schools for outside charities has dropped in the past year. Schools will continue to give less if they cannot get educational value from the process, new research from the Citizenship Foundation suggest
The years since 1990 have been littered with policy failures rooted in a misunderstanding of ordinary households. So says Professor Sir Ivor Crewe of Oxford University, who believes large scale household surveys like Understanding Society could help policy makers and politicians get it right.
Supporting charities and social enterprises to help tackle social problems, while making funding more sustainable is a key priority, according to Civil Society Minister Rob Wilson. But how do we ensure we properly understand the value of Charity Street to UK households?