Blog posts February 2017

From Finland to Italy and... Torbay  -  3 Inspirational Mental Health Innovations

Nick Webb
Wednesday, 15 February 2017 - 4:51pm

In my last blog I looked at some of the most common explanations for our worsening mental health. In this one I'm sharing three examples of great mental health innovations that I find personally inspiring. The examples are my own choices but they also hint at the kinds of new solutions that Innovation Unit believes can make a real difference to mental health outcomes for everyone.

INNOVATION 1: Starting with sincerity and humanity — citizens as leaders and innovators in the...

Named social worker  -  what we’re learning from local authorities

Lizzie Insall
Wednesday, 15 February 2017 - 4:39pm

Why a named social worker?

Adults with learning disabilities, and their families, need much better support to help them live happy and fulfilling lives. Despite national reform initiatives, such as Transforming Care and ongoing local improvement programmes, and a mountain of good intention from front line staff, there is more to do to develop the right kinds of relationships with adults with learning disabilities — relationships that enable them to thrive.

What is a named social worker?

A named social worker means my social worker; a...

Trapped on site: the problems of scaling powerful new practices in Australian schools and beyond

Emma Scott
Monday, 6 February 2017 - 3:22pm

The challenge of scaling innovation

Several education systems and sectors in Australia recognise the challenge of scaling across their schools. They see bright spots of innovation catalysed in a classroom here and a school there, but no viral outbreak of these practices locally or nationally.

The challenge of how to scale innovation is not unique to education, but despite over 50 years of research (sparked by Everett Rogers' seminal book Diffusion of Innovations in 1962), powerful new practices often become 'trapped on site'; unable to escape from the...