Research

There’s more than one way to build resilience

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By Gary Lovatt

Working intensively with partners from Health, Crime and Education it’s hard to get through a meeting these days without the mention of needing to build ‘better resilience’ in young people.

Indeed it’s refreshing that after years of apparent compartmentalisation of behaviours into different areas (alcohol, smoking, sexual activity, anti-social behaviour, self-harming etc) we’re learning that attitudes and behaviours generally start with addressing the protective factors that allow young people to make better, informed choices.

So how do you achieve and measure resilience? The answer is that you need to adopt a multi-targeted strategy, starting with examining the determinants of those behaviours in more detail. Read the rest of this entry »

Can we use Social Norms to predict the future?

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The eternal challenge when commissioning any mainstream preventative programme in health, crime or education is to measure the ‘what if’ in one, three, five or ten years’ time.

Sometimes the ‘what if’ is about defining how many smokers might have been reduced or the levels of abstention from alcohol resulting from correcting social norms.

Sometimes it is about the impacts that can be generated around protective behaviours, i.e. the improved confidence, resilience or self-esteem young people will benefit from by being involved in a particular programme.

As a socially driven, values based organisation, we are acutely aware of our responsibilities to evidence the impacts we are making with young people through our programmes.

Uni of SalfordThis is primarily the reason we embarked on a 30-month Knowledge Based Partnership (KTP) with the University of Salford. Not only did we want to be independently challenged, we wanted to apply the lessons we have learned to pioneer new territories of research.
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Exciting Graduate Opportunity

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1We currently have an exciting Graduate position to offer as part of a Knowledge Transfer Partnership with the University of Salford.

We are recruiting for a Graduate Data Scientist to join us full time on a 30 month collaborative project with the University. This is a fantastic opportunity for an ambitious graduate to apply social science and data mining skills to a huge social norms data set. They will gain invaluable ‘industry’ experience whilst broadening their knowledge from commercial and academic mentors. They will also benefit from a Personal Development budget of £5,000 and the opportunity to register (free of charge) for a postgraduate research qualification. Read the rest of this entry »