Beyond Systems

August 2016 – December 2018

A two-year project to better understand how statutory systems in the UK fail those most in need

I, together with seven others, sought to truly understand why systems in the UK fail to understand or respond to those most in need. Through our work, including interviews of 34 community-oriented practitioners, we learnt of the need for greater parity between systems and citizens. Our analysis told us that some practitioners were already working this way, and would value being part of a community of practice. However, we found few funders willing to nurture such a community.

Report

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Our Vision

Elizabeth Slade, Gail Findlay,
James Murray, Jess Cordingly,
Jonathan Stead, Mike Wilson,
Nick Gardham & Pritpal S Tamber

December 2018

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