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News from Carnegie UK Trust
January 2020
New report asks Can Good Work Solve the Productivity Puzzle?
In January, the Carnegie UK Trust and the RSA launched new collected essays setting out how a focus on good work can improve wellbeing by boosting good jobs and improving workplace productivity. The essays draw together new research and insights from nearly 20 representatives of business, policy, trade unions and civil society from across the UK.
‘Good Work’ Launch event
Can Good Work Solve the Productivity Puzzle? was launched an event at the RSA where the Trust’s CEO Sarah Davidson and RSA CEO Matthew Taylor invited speakers Andy Haldane, Chair of the UK Industrial Strategy Council; Tera Allas of McKinsey; Kate Bell of the TUC, and an audience of 180 to debate the role of good work in wellbeing and productivity.
Guide to Better Work Procurement 
In December, the Trust launched a Guide to Better Work Procurement, intended to support public sector organisations looking to use their powers of procurement to promote better job quality in their region. Based on learning from the North East of England and nationally, you can read a tailored North East Guide or UK Guide here.
New essays on Good Future Jobs in Ireland
Highlighting the job quality challenges facing workers in Ireland, this collection sets out policies and practical changes to ensure good future jobs. Published with TASC, the essays were launched at November Dublin event where we were joined by many of the essayists from business, academia, trade unions and civil society.

New resources for Co-creation

We have been working with colleagues at the University of Newcastle to identify the key principles for effective co-creation of evidence. These principles are outlined in a new guide, Working together to co-create knowledge, and you can watch the principles-in-action in our new film above.
Embedding Wellbeing in Northern Ireland: Learning from peers
 The Trust’s Embedding Wellbeing in Northern Ireland project provides financial and in-kind support to three Community Planning Partnerships: Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon, Derry and Strabane and Lisburn and Castlereagh. In December, our project peer-to-peer learning event focused on collective resourcing, giving participants the opportunity to hear from best practice in New Zealand, Scotland and Wales. The event also provided an opportunity to celebrate the recent publication of the Community Planning Partnerships’ Statements of Progress. Learn more in our post-event report and blog, Making a Statement: In praise of local government in Northern Ireland.
Moving kindness off the page
Last October, we hosted a reception at the Scottish Parliament, sponsored by Claudia Beamish MSP, to celebrate the work of the Kindness Innovation Network, and launch our next steps for moving kindness “off the page” and into practice.

The same event also showcased a new report by researchers at the University of Edinburgh, Public policy and the infrastructure of kindness in Scotland, which helps to think through some of the challenges and implications for achieving this.
Online Harm Reduction project update
The end of 2019 was a busy period for our online harm reduction work including; the publication of our draft Bill demonstrating how our proposed regulatory scheme involving a duty of care might operate; writing to the DCMS Secretary of State setting out the need for urgency in bringing forward legislation in this area and supporting Lord McNally to develop a paving Billintroduced into the Lords on 14 January 2020.
Engage. Respond. Innovate: The Value of Hackathons in Public Libraries
The new report is intended to share experiences of library services delivering hackathons within the UK and internationally, spark inspiration for alternative ways of working, grow confidence of library staff and deliver practical guidance on how to run or support a hackathon for both libraries and broader services.
Libraries leading the way in exploring challenging issues
16 library services across the UK - from the Western Isles to Cornwall - have been selected to take part in the second phase of the Engaging Libraries programme – run by CUKT, Wellcome and the Wolfson Foundation. Public libraries will partner with universities to engage their local communities with research on a range of topics from air quality to the menopause. To find out more visit our website.
New report: Turnaround Towns UK
In November we launched Turnaround Towns UK – a report which celebrates nine towns in the UK who are working to improve their community wellbeing. As well as telling the story of each town, the report pulls out the common factors in each place’s success: the full report is available here.
New platform launched: Understanding Welsh Places
Understanding Welsh Places is a website that presents accurate and accessible data about every town in Wales. It helps people to learn about their town, explore relationships between different places, and upload their own information to the website. Explore the site here.
Treorchy and Scarborough are Talk of the Town

In October, we announced that Treorchy and Scarborough are our new Talk of the Town project participants. The two towns will receive practical support and training, enabling them to develop a story of their town, in their own words, and to present it to local stakeholders. Find out more in our blog and press release.
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