February 2019

The Refined ‘Duty of Care’ Proposal 2019Tackling Online Harm – A Duty of Care

Over the past year the Trust has been active in exploring how to reduce harm online through a statutory duty of care model. Led by Professor Lorna Woods, William Perrin (Trustee) and Carnegie Associate Maeve Walsh we have now published our updated proposals. These proposals are based on our engagement with a range of stakeholders to refine our thinking on a number of aspects of the model, including: the scope of services subject to regulation, the nature of harms included, penalties and the interaction of the proposal with criminal law. To find out more or to let us know your views get in touch at

Switched OnSwitched On

This week we published a new report Switched On, which brings together research and evidence about key issues related to digital inclusion with a particular focus on children and young people.
Digital access remains a challenge for many people in the UK, with a significant number of young people still without adequate access to devices, connectivity or skills. The report unpacks the elements required for ‘adequate digital access’ which include having the confidence and motivation to get online and having an understanding of privacy and security issues. The report also highlights that it is often the most vulnerable groups of children and young people who are digitally excluded.
Our Switched On report provides a backdrop for the new Digital Access for All programme which also launched last month. Carnegie UK Trust are partnering with founders The Learning Foundation and Nominet, alongside a range of leading organisations from the tech sector, third sector and government on this new initiative.

The many shades of co-produced evidenceThe Many Shades of Co-production

We have published a pamphlet that explores the co-production of policy evidence. The paper tease outs challenges and opportunities around co-producing evidence appropriate to participatory social policy and practice, and increasing people’s control within communities and services. The paper lays out a possible process for co-producing evidence, and makes suggestions for how academics and non-academics can that forward.

It follows on from, and contributes to, discussions we are involved in with co-production networks, academics and the social sector; and includes a rich list of resources.

Exploring the practicalities of a basic income pilotNew report sets out lessons for a Scottish Basic Income Pilot

In January we published a new report exploring the practicalities of a basic income pilot. Written by the Scottish Basic Income Steering Group, the report case studies pilots that have taken place in Finland, Ontario, and the Netherlands, setting out the key questions to be addressed to introduce a basic income pilot in Scotland. Compiled from discussions at the Basic Income Earth Network 2018 World Congress, the report is one component of a two-year basic income pilot feasibility study underway in Scotland.

Measuring Good WorkUK Government commends Measuring Good Work

The UK Government’s Good Work Plan, released in December 2018, commends the Carnegie UK Trust’s Measuring Good Work report. This report from the Measuring Job Quality Working group, convened by the Trust and the RSA, presents a framework for measuring job quality in the UK. The UK Government has committed to measuring and being accountable for work quality and have asked their industrial strategy council to examine how our proposed metrics can be taken forward within the industrial strategy.

Involving the public in robust and trustworthy data sharingInvolving the Public in Robust and Trustworthy Data Sharing

On 14 February the Trust and Involve published ‘Involving the Public in Robust and Trustworthy Data Sharing’. This short report builds on the work undertaken over the past 18 months through the Data for Public Benefit project and further explores the value of a data sharing framework and how to ensure the public voice remains the central driving force within data-sharing arrangements.

NotWithoutMe#NotWithoutMe Accelerator Full Funding Announced

Last year the Trust delivered the #NotWithoutMe Digital Inclusion Accelerator and in January, were delighted to announce Your Own Place had secured the final full funding to deliver their digital inclusion initiative. Your Own Place is a Norwich-based social enterprise and will use the funds to help to develop the digital skills, knowledge and confidence of vulnerable young people at risk of homelessness, through development of their existing Tenancy & Independent Living Skills (TILS) modules.
Martyn Evans, Chief Executive at the Carnegie UK Trust said: “The #NotWithoutMe Accelerator provided the Trust with an excellent opportunity to work with a number of organisations from around the UK to support different digital inclusion initiatives and better understand the needs of young people. We were incredibly impressed with the quality of organisations involved and are delighted to continue to support Your Own Place and enable more young people to improve their digital abilities.” 

Martyn Evans

Martyn Evans to leave Carnegie UK Trust
after 10 years

Martyn Evans, the Chief Executive of the Carnegie UK Trust, is stepping down from his role after 10 years at the helm. Martyn has accepted an invitation to become the Executive Chair of the Alex Ferry Foundation, a new grant making philanthropic charity which aims to improve the lives of people who work or have worked in the UK shipbuilding, engineering and related manufacturing industries, as well as their families and dependants.
Over the last decade, Martyn has led the Carnegie UK Trust to fulfil its mission from Andrew Carnegie to “improve the wellbeing of people across all the jurisdictions of the UK and Ireland” through influential policy and innovative practice work. Under his management the Carnegie UK Trust has developed into a highly respected influential voice and practitioner across a range of major public policy issues. He has ensured the Trust developed a strong and effective ‘five-nations’ outlook, working across England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Ireland.

Wellbeing and Devolution
Wellbeing and Devolution: Reframing the Role of Government in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

This new book, written by our Head of Policy Jennifer Wallace explores why and how each of the three devolved governments in the UK have set their goal as improving wellbeing. It examines how they balance the core components of economic, social and environmental wellbeing and asks whether the frameworks represent a genuine attempt to think differently about how governments can plan and deliver public services. Jennifer’s book Wellbeing and Devolution: Reframing the role of government in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland is available via open access through Springer Online.

Embedding WellbeingEmbedding Wellbeing in Northern Ireland

After a successful first peer to peer learning event on the challenges of using data in Community Planning, our Embedding Wellbeing in Northern Ireland Advisory Group met to discuss the support requested by our project participants. The international advocacy of our project also continued, as after New Zealand and New York, our project Advisory Group Chair took part in a seminar on wellbeing as an enabler to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals at the World Government Summit in Dubai. Watch this space for the announcement of what our project participants will work on and for blogs on international learning on improving wellbeing!

Blog round up

Issy Petrie provides an insight into the OECD conference on Culture and Local Development which took place in December in her reflective blog.

Douglas White shares 7 key points on the future of digital technology and the gig economy.

Hugh Ellis (TCPA) explores how we can create a network of support for towns that have too often been seen as peripheral in our latest guest blog.

Pippa Coutts explains why mini-publics are for policy, not just for Brexit in her blog with Stephen Elstub (Newcastle University) forAlliance for Useful Evidence.
From Dubai to Derry - our Embedding Wellbeing in Northern Ireland Advisory Group Chair Aideen McGinley reflects on her experience at the World Government Summit earlier this month.
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