Tag Archives: evaluation

Nudging behaviour change with reward and recognition

A few weeks ago I spoke at CIWM‘s London & Southern Counties Centre Open Meeting on Reward & Recognition – Encouraging personal resource management. The line-up of speakers was quite impressive, including several local authorities piloting different schemes (under Defra’s Reward and Recognition Fund which we are evaluating) as well as Nectar, London Green Points [...]

SDRN presentation: evaluating community funds

On 24 March, I spoke at an SDRN event on collaborative research. You can view the presentation I gave below. If you’re using a mobile phone and can’t see the video below, you can watch it using this link.

A slow boat to Shetland

The ferry which waits in Aberdeen is huge and satisfyingly industrial. We enter through a carpeted lobby with a split staircase, then walk out to the stern deck and stand looking out over the greyscale buildings of Aberdeen and the murky waters of the dock. As we pull out of the harbour the seascape broadens [...]

Key questions for a ‘Big Society Bank’

On the face of it, the Cabinet Office plans for a ‘Big Society Bank’ make a lot of sense – particularly in seeking to foster community activism and engagement in deprived areas. Though there have been some notable exceptions, one of the issues with community initiatives to date has been their tendency to be white, [...]

The Daily Mail and the value of evaluation

We generally don’t bother commenting on misleading reporting of environmental issues. Journalists (and I speak as someone who used to be one) have been putting a sensationalist spin on stories (and non-stories) since newspapers began. Moreover, anecdotal evidence from discussion groups we’ve run suggests that much of the sceptical coverage on environmental issues has very [...]