Innovative Social Investment: Reforming public services

Innovative Social Investment: Reforming public services

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Room 1.25, Manchester Metropolitan University Business School

All Saints Campus

Oxford Road


M15 6BH

United Kingdom

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Manchester Metropolitan University is leading a Horizon2020 project Innovative Social Investment: Strengthening Communities in Europe. This project comes to an end in October 2017. The Manchester team is convening a UK seminar to explore some of the themes that have emerged from the project and that are of particular interest to the UK. The seminar will focus on public service reform and in particular two issues: first, innovative approaches to financing and resourcing public services; and secondly, the concept of personalisation and its role in public service reform. The seminar includes speakers from the UK and Europe.


22nd June: Financial and resourcing innovation in social investment

14.00 – 14.30: Welcome and aims of the seminar – Professor Chris Fox, Director of Policy Evaluation
and Research Unit and Director of the Horizon2020 project Innovative Social Investment: Strengthening

14.30 – 15.00: Marketising public services: opportunities and risks. Professor Kevin Albertson and Dr
Chris O’Leary of the Policy Evaluation and Research Unit, MMU discuss the (mis)application of market
theory to public service reform, what behavioural economics tells us and the ethical challenges raised.

15.00 – 15.30: Beyond Social Impact Bonds. Alex Fox OBE, CEO of Shared Lives discusses the Shared
Lives Incubator, a model that might be described as a Social Investment Partnership.

15.30 – 15.45: Coffee Break.

15.45 – 16.15: Energy cooperatives. Michael Willoughby of the Universitat Politecnica de Valencia
discusses the Alginet energy cooperative - an example of delivering goals consistent with the social
investment paradigm without public funding.

16.15 – 16.45: Education co-operatives. Dr. James Duggan and Joanna Dennis
of Manchester Metropolitan University discusses an alternative model for social investment.

16.45 – 17.15: Panel discussion featuring the afternoon’s speakers, chaired by Professor Chris Fox.

18.00: Seminar Dinner – TBC – all seminar speakers are invited.

23rd June: Personalisation in the reform of public services

9.30 – 10.00: Welcome and aims of the seminar. Professor Sue Baines, Deputy Director of the Horizon2020 project Innovative Social Investment: Strengthening Communities.

10.00 – 10.30: The development of personalisation. Martin Routledge discusses the development of personalisation from a practice and policy perspective and suggests future directions. Martin provides development support to Community Circles and In Control, is a trustee at IAS, board member of Think Local Act Personal and supports the Independent Living Strategy Group.

10.30 – 11.00: Extending personalisation to different sectors. Professor Chris Fox of Manchester Metropolitan University discusses developing, implementing and evaluating a personalisation pilot in the criminal justice sector.

11.00 – 11.30: Extending personalisation to different jurisdictions. Dr Matteo Orlandini from the University of Bologna discusses implementing a model of personalisation in Sardinia.

11:30 – 11:45: Coffee Break.

11.45 – 12.15: Extending personalization to different jurisdictions and sectors. Flórián Sipos from the University of Debrecen discusses personalization-oriented elements in the Hungarian Social Land Programme and its limits.

12.15 – 12.45: Changing the culture of social care in Scotland: Has a shift to personalisation brought about transformative change? Dr. Charlotte Pearson of University of Glasgow and co-author of Self-directed Support: Personalisation, choice and control.

12.45 – 13.15: Panel discussion featuring the morning’s speakers, chaired by Professor Sue Baines.

13.15 – 14.15: Lunch

We look forward to welcoming you to Manchester Metropolitan University.


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