Good Help Project: Get Involved

31st January 2018 Blog

On 6 th February 2018 we are launching the ‘Good and Bad Help’ publication with Nesta. This marks the start of … read more

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Is all help good? What makes help, unhelpful?

18th September 2017 Blog

In the wake of tragedies, we rightly point to acts of kindness offered to the victims, be it blankets, cash or … read more

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Many public services undermine self-confidence – how can we support change?

2nd May 2017 Blog, Daily

“Self-belief does not necessarily ensure success, but self-disbelief assuredly spawns failure,” wrote Albert Bandura in his 1997 magnum opus ‘Self-efficacy: The … read more

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Beyond the Self-Management Hype

7th March 2017 Blog

In case you haven’t noticed, some people have got very excited about the possibility of self-management transforming our public services. Well, … read more

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Choose Life. Choose Self-Efficacy…

10th February 2017 Blog

Why we at Osca are focussing on self-efficacy in public services in 2017 As I stepped out of the cinema last … read more

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Self-Efficacy Explained

10th February 2017 Blog

At Osca we’ve been thinking a lot about self-efficacy, but what does it mean and how is it useful? We’ve given … read more

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Self-Efficacy & Services

10th February 2017 Blog

In 2017 we are exploring the potential for public services to become engines of self-efficacy to drive significant improvements in service … read more

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The Necessity of Continuous Adaptation

9th May 2016 Blog

I’m leaving Osca at an interesting time. It looks as if we might be in a curious moment of shift in … read more

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What kids company tells us about standards of evidence

12th February 2016 Blog

Not all research is equally important to social programmes. This isn’t only a matter of the standard of evidence, but of … read more

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Setting the standard: What can social impact measurement learn from feedback?

17th November 2015 Blog

The most useful reflection for me following October’s excellent Feedback Labs Summit in Washington DC is that there is a useful … read more

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