Category Archives: Blog

“You can’t always get what you want…” – or can you?: Engaging offenders – an alternative approach to commissioning voluntary sector criminal justice services

On Thursday 13th October, Kevin Wong (Associate Director for Criminal Justice, Policy and Evaluation Research Unit, Manchester Metropolitan University) will be the speaker at the Academy for Social Justice Commissioning evening seminar at Manchester Metropolitan University. Drawing on research evidence … Continue reading

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Drug and alcohol users deserve a ‘good death’

We’re using our knowledge and connections to focus agencies, healthcare providers and policy makers on better end of life care for this neglected, stigmatised group. By Sarah Galvani As academics, we’re familiar with the latest research and we are well-connected … Continue reading

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Young People and Democratic Life in Greater Manchester: Launching The Chancellor’s Fellowship

Following discussions with Cllr Rishi Shori, who leads on Community Cohesion and on The Greater Manchester Combined Youth Authority, and in partnership with Youth Focus North West; Janet Batsleer has launched a new stage of our work on participation and … Continue reading

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PERU team members submit evidence to the Defence Committee inquiry into Global Islamist Terrorism

Members of Manchester Metropolitan University’s Policy Evaluation and Research Unit (PERU) have submitted evidence towards the Defence Committee Inquiry into Global Islamist Terrorism. Established in 2007, PERU is a multi-disciplinary team of evaluators, economists, sociologists and criminologists. They specialise in evaluating … Continue reading

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We’re helping countries turn love affairs with foreign investment into lasting marriages

MMU research and expertise is informing UN work on how to make the most of multinationals. By Heinz Tüselmann The secret to making the most of foreign investment is more important than ever for Britain’s  highly internationalised and open economy. … Continue reading

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Homelessness from the private rented sector

Dr Chris O’Leary is a specialist in public policy and is a senior lecturer in the Policy Evaluation and Research Unit.  Much of his work before joining PERU was around modelling need and demand in terms of multiple needs, prevention and integration of services. Chris also … Continue reading

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‘You can make research heard amid the noise of policy.’

Work with a London think tank to host debate. Develop local models with positive solutions and brief policy makers clearly, says Dr Rob Ralphs, MMU’s expert on the Spice crisis. “I help integrate policy makers from the criminal justice, housing … Continue reading

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Book release of Payment by Results and Social Impact Bonds in the UK and US

New Book Documents What We Know About Innovative Financing Models Governments on both sides of the Atlantic are attracted to financing models that encourage social innovation, but challenges persist around when and how to apply these outcomes-based models, and how … Continue reading

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Liz Kendall Roundtable

Personalising public services Academics met with Liz Kendall MP this week to discuss how personalisation might improve public services. The round-table event, led by Metropolis, Manchester Met’s thinktank, offered a chance for academics to engage directly with a leading policy … Continue reading

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Alex Fox’s guest blog on the ‘Invisible Asylum’ and the challenges facing public services.

Alex Fox OBE FRSA is CEO Shared Lives Plus the UK network for Shared Lives and Homeshare as well as the Chair of Joint VCSE Review.  Alex will be launching his brand new book ‘A New Health & Care System: Escaping … Continue reading

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