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Social innovation never stops

13 Oct 2017 Ryan MillerSector Issues; Social Policy

Deirdre Mortell

Northern Ireland needs greater focus on innovative solutions. Substantial and dedicated funding would help – but good ideas are just as necessary.

Lifeline: the fall out

13 Oct 2017 Nick GarbuttMental Health, Sector Issues

It has often been claimed that charities fail to speak out on important policy issues for fear of losing funding

The Funding Revolution that gives power to the people

6 Oct 2017 Nick GarbuttSector Issues

Participatory Budgeting gives communities more power over spending.

Participatory Budgeting (PB) is an idea whose time has come. Scope examines the model giving communities more power over spending.

The robots are coming and taking our jobs

6 Oct 2017 Nick GarbuttSector Issues; 4th Industrial Revolution

The Bank of England estimates that two thirds of all jobs are capable of being automated within 20 years. Scope examines the implications for the Third Sector. 

Ending paramilitarism: the blueprint

29 Sep 2017 Nick GarbuttPolicy

Bringing paramilitarism to an end is the biggest single task facing Northern Ireland society. Scope explores what is being done about it. 

The writing class that transforms lives

29 Sep 2017 Nick GarbuttSector Issues, Education

Young people who leave school with no qualifications are often written off by the rest of society. Scope explores a project that reveals amazing untapped potential. 

Omens are grim as Universal Credit arrives

22 Sep 2017 Nick GarbuttWelfare Reform

Next week sees the beginning of the roll out of Universal Credit in Northern Ireland. 

Punchy copy

21 Sep 2017 Ryan MillerSocial Policy

X Chromosomes (per Wikipedia)

The media struggles to report on battling ideas unless there is a real battle involved. Covering concepts is inherently difficult but it could still be done better – whether you are talking health reform, or identity politics.

Strategy need to support attainment

15 Sep 2017 Ryan MillerSocial Policy; Education

Never mind academic selection, the ILiAD report identifies several wider issues that affect academic attainment. These need to be dealt with together.

Is music the answer to culture wars?

14 Sep 2017 Nick GarbuttThe Arts

Brendan McAleer, Regional Director of Ulster Comhaltas explains how he is trying to turn the cultural war on its head.

Education needs to be smarter

8 Sep 2017 Ryan MillerEducation

Last week’s NICCY report looked at the alarming costs paid by parents towards their children’s education. A closer look at the paper reveals deeper problems – and possible solutions.

Charities and cyber crime - what needs to be done

7 Sep 2017 Nick GarbuttSector Matters

A survey has just been published that demonstrates the vulnerability of charities to cyber crime, Scope assesses the risks.

Gambling on the DUP

1 Sep 2017 Nick GarbuttPolicy

When Parliament reassembles on Tuesday 5 September the DUP will have its first opportunity to flex its muscles by forcing through an important measure to help combat the scourge of gambling addiction.  

Growing a good idea in the voluntary sector

1 Sep 2017 Ryan MillerHealth; Social Policy; Sector Issues

The Lord Mayor of Belfast visited CLARE last month

Community and voluntary work is done best at a local level. This makes scaling up a tricky prospect – but it is not impossible.

Floods: the real scandal we should all be talking about

25 Aug 2017 Nick GarbuttEnvironment

The reaction to the floods that devastated swathes of Northern Ireland this week failed to address a catastrophic failure of public policy. 

Entrusting health cuts to the public

24 Aug 2017 Ryan MillerHealth

The apparent need for £70m cuts in health is bad news - but finding extra cash won't fix the underlying problems, while our trusts have missed a chance to push for reform, and instead have washed their hands of the burden of leadership.

Ex offenders - an untapped resource?

18 Aug 2017 Nick GarbuttJustice; Social Policy; Sector Issues

There are proven ways to rehabilitate offenders. But is Northern Ireland up for it? 

Realistic expectations make Social Impact Bonds look worthwhile

17 Aug 2017 Ryan MillerSector Issues; Funding

Social Impact Bonds, from gov.uk

Social Impact Bonds have yet to come to Northern Ireland. Scope looks at this new funding model and decides their use is probably narrow – but they still have a use.

The biggest missed opportunity for NI's 3rd Sector

11 Aug 2017 Nick GarbuttSector Issues, Public Procurement

There has been much coverage of the impact of no government on the sector. To date it has not featured what is surely the biggest lost opportunity of all. 

Brexit means what we make of it

11 Aug 2017 Ryan MillerSector Issues; Social Policy; Health; Education; Equality; Economy

A lack of specifics on plans for Brexit negotiations, and what is planned for afterwards, is worrying - but it provides opportunities for shaping the future. NICVA recently published its position paper on Brexit. Scope takes a look.

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