September 2018


Measuring Good WorkMeasuring Good Work Matters

On 7 September, the Carnegie UK Trust launched Measuring Good Work, a report which presents a new framework for how quality of work should be measured in the UK. The CUKT-RSA publication is the output of an independent working group comprised of senior representatives from across industry, trade unions, charities and academia, and chaired by Martyn Evans, Chief Executive of the Carnegie UK Trust, and Matthew Taylor, Chief Executive of the RSA and author of the Taylor Review.

The report proposes a series of new job quality questions – from work-life balance to mental health, and from opportunities for progression to feelings of purpose, involvement and control at work – to be added to the annual official Labour Force Survey, the largest and most comprehensive annual labour market study in the UK.
The report has been welcomed by UK Government, who are expected to publish a formal response in the autumn.

Embedding WellbeingEmbedding Wellbeing in Northern Ireland – project participants announced

In June we announced the successful participants of our Embedding Wellbeing in Northern Irelandproject as the Community Planning Partnerships working in Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council; Derry City and Strabane District Council; and Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council. We’re now visiting all three local authority areas to learn a bit more about their experiences with Community Planning to date, and to consider what we can work on together to help them improve local wellbeing outcomes. The participants will then be given the opportunity to learn from international best practice on implementing a local wellbeing framework – watch this space for blogs on their experiences when they return!

Making Data Sharing Work

The question of how we can make better use of data to improve our public services has long been a challenge for policymakers and practitioners. Collecting, using and sharing data better could help deliver public services more effectively. But the use of data also brings risks. We were very pleased to launch ‘Data for Public Benefit’ earlier this year, in partnership with Involve and Understanding Patient Data, to highlight how different public services currently define benefit and risk with regards to data sharing. Our work includes a new a framework to help providers weigh up the potential benefits of sharing data against the potential for harm, and help have conversations with the public to ensure data sharing works for all. Click here to find out more.

NotWithoutMeLaunching the #NotWithoutMe Accelerator

In July, we kicked off our ‘#NotWithoutMe’ digital inclusion Accelerator, a six-month programme of support providing six organisations with the opportunity to access expert knowledge and resources, to develop a digital inclusion initiative with vulnerable young people. Each month we focus on a different topic, from developing genuine user-centred design to more effective evaluation methods. To keep up to date with learnings follow our monthly blog series or #NotWithoutMe.

Co-creating evidenceCo-creating Evidence

The Trust is working with the Newcastle University on a guide for academics co-creating knowledge with evidence users. The guide will focus on the evidence needs of businesses and industry; social and the public sectors. We intend the guide to be a practical tool, of interest to people that want to draw on the knowledge and resources of UK higher education research teams or individuals. The guide will build on what is already known about co-creation of evidence, and will complement Carnegie Trust UK and Mark Shucksmith’s ‘InterAction’ report.
To develop the guide we are asking for your experiences of co-creating knowledge, and would be grateful if you could answer six short questions, here. Also, we are holding a round table discussion on October 31st (2-4.30pm) at Andrew Carnegie House, Dunfermline, with interested stakeholders. If you are interested in hearing more, and potentially attending the event, please contact Pippa Coutts:

A Better WayInsights for a Better Way

In July the Better Way Network launched Insights For A Better Way: Improving Services and Building Strong Communities: a compendium of essays, personal stories and case studies that explore how we can bring about a radical shift in favour of the common good in services and our communities. The Trust is supporting the Better Way Network to build a movement of change-makers, from the voluntary sector and beyond, that shares ideas, knowledge and inspiration about how to improve services and build stronger communities. You can find out more about the network and the 8 propositions that constitute a Better Way here.

Searching for SpaceSearching for Space – the place of towns in Welsh public policy

Back in April we hosted a Parliamentary reception to support Assembly Members and key stakeholders to maximise the opportunities and address the challenges faced by towns across Wales.
The event, sponsored and chaired by Vikki Howells AM, featured a keynote address from the Minister for Housing and Regeneration, Rebecca Evans AM, and presentations from our Chief Executive Martyn Evans, and Peter Davies, Chair of WCVA. All speakers recognised the importance of a positive story, and active, engaged leadership across the sectors to the future of towns in Wales.
The posters from the event covering key issues facing towns in Wales are available on our website, along with a blog from the Minister for Housing and Regeneration on our partnership project with the Welsh Government to develop a new data tool for Welsh towns.

Online Data Privacy
What Do We Really Think About Our Data Privacy

Data privacy has hit the headlines a lot in recent years, so we wanted to know what existing research actually says about what the UK public think about data privacy, and the behaviours we undertake to protect our privacy. Online Data Privacy from Attitudes to Action is a comprehensive evidence review produced with Ipsos MORI Scotland exploring these questions. The report and its 13 concluding themes aims to provide a robust, neutral evidence base from which to draw informed opinions about data privacy attitudes and actions.


Wellbeing: What’s in a name?

In June we published our answer to the question, ‘What is wellbeing?’. The leaflet sets out our understanding of wellbeing, a concept which has been at the heart of our work for over 100 years.
For us, wellbeing means that everyone in society has what they need to live well, now and in the future. To live well we need more than health and wealth, we also need the ability to contribute to society and to make choices for ourselves. The leaflet is available here.

Library Lab

New Carnegie Library Lab Partners announced

Six public library staff have been selected from a UK and Ireland competition to participate of the third round of Carnegie Library Lab, our innovation and leadership programme for the public library sector. Library staff in Oldham, West Lothian, Powys, Redbridge, Bexley and Wakefield will run projects ranging from delivering cultural programmes at night in the library to creating eco-aware recycled robots. Programme participants will also have access to learning materials and mentors as well as networking opportunities. For more information please click here.

KindnessTaking action on kindness

On 28th June the Kindness Innovation Network (KIN) came together in Glasgow to continue a conversation about kindness and further develop ideas to embed kindness in organisations, services and communities. Over the summer, the network’s eight subgroups have been gathering evidence and testing ideas across a wide range of themes – from food sharing and activating spaces to using kindness to influence public policy and procurement processes – and we look forward to bringing KIN together again in September to discuss findings and develop a set of actions to encourage kindness across an array of professions, regions and communities in Scotland.
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