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Reflections on remote design sprints

Nicola Pritchard

Cara Leavey, Policy and Programme Officer, at the Health Foundation, shares her reflections on participating in the the My Best Life remote design sprints. When I found out about My Best Life back in January, I was excited to learn how similar it is to the Young people’s future health inquiry that we run at the Health Foundation. As Kathryn has already explained, our research agreed that in order to get the best start in life, young people need: a place to call home: secure and rewarding work; and good connections with their friends, family and community. The design sprints… Read more “Reflections on remote design sprints”

Testing the feasibility of a programme of strategy support

Nicola Pritchard

As part of our work for the Childhood Trust we’ve been exploring the challenges and opportunities for supporting children’s charities with their individual and shared strategy development. So far we’ve published our aims for the work, the key challenges uncovered and some of the areas our research has shown to need to more support. We’ve since been reflecting on what all of this might mean for a strategic programme of support for the sector. What shape might it take and who might be involved? Before working through ideas for the design of the programme we first decided to come to … Read more “Testing the feasibility of a programme of strategy support”

Updates to the MBL team!

Nicola Pritchard

A quick hello from me, the latest new recruit to the My Best Life team at NPC (bottom left – brown hair, awkward wave). I can’t wait to get stuck in alongside Kathryn, Tris and Charlotte, as we plan for Phase 3 of the programme. This is of course not the full team – we’ll be continuing to work closely with young people, youth practitioners, and charities, including our partners at The Mix, UK Youth, Founders and Coders and Leap Confronting Conflict, as we design and execute the next iteration of solutions to the challenges we set out at the… Read more “Updates to the MBL team!”

8 barriers to effective shared strategy

Nicola Pritchard

My colleague Charlotte recently shared news about an exciting new project we’ve kicked off with The Childhood Trust, exploring how best to support organisations in the children’s sector to strengthen their strategies, individually and collectively, to make positive transitions through this crisis and beyond. We’ve been speaking to lots of leaders in the children’s sector to explore the common issues and barriers they face when it comes to shared strategy. Below we take a look at 8 common barriers, and reflect on what sort of support might help shift the dial in future. 1 Profound ideological differences that are often… Read more “8 barriers to effective shared strategy”