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Welfare and public services

In an age of austerity, budgets are shrinking yet demand for services like education, health and social care is rising. Policymakers must establish what people’s real priorities are – and learn to do more with less. Led by Claudia Wood, this programme investigates those priorities through research on public attitudes to key areas of the welfare state.

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Life to the full

Ally Paget, Charlie Cadywould

Demos is reviewing the current landscape of organisations supporting children with complex disabilities and palliative care needs and their families, in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

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Residential care for ex-service people

Claudia Wood, Ally Paget, Louis Reynolds, Ralph Scott

This research will explore potential recommendations to policymakers and the sector, to ensure the UK can offer ex-Service people residential care that is fit for purpose.

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Rethinking incapacity

Claudia Wood

This project seeks to create a better system of incapacity assessment, in collaboration with Ben Baumberg of the University of Kent.

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The rise of the community supermarket

Ally Paget

This project will gather together the various existing approaches to tackling food poverty, both internationally and in the UK.

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Pupil power

Ian Wybron, Ally Paget, Claudia Wood

Using a precedent from social care, this report sees Demos pioneer a user-led approach to the problem of educational goal-setting, empowering pupils to become stakeholders in their development. 

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Uncharted territory

Ally Paget, Claudia Wood

Demos is currently evaluating a two-year pilot from the Motor Neurone Disease Association which addressed the state and requirements of the support network for MND sufferers. 

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Good Business

The financial crisis revealed a series of underlying weaknesses in the economy, from an over-reliance on low-paid, low-skilled jobs to an underinvestment in productive enterprise. Led by Duncan O'Leary, this programme explores how companies can do ‘good business’, aiming for solutions that lead to the decentralisation of power – to employees, consumers and communities.

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The Commission on Apprenticeships

Duncan O'Leary, Ian Wybron, Alice Meaning

Demos is hosting a new cross-party Commission on apprenticeships in the construction sector.

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Community Chest

Duncan O'Leary, Ally Paget

This project will explore the evidence base on the different models of local banking in the UK.

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Good jobs

Duncan O'Leary

This project explores how jobs can become more rewarding in all senses, from improved productivity and pay, to enhanced job satisfaction and opportunities for progression.

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Going it alone

Duncan O'Leary, Duncan O'Leary, Ian Wybron, Chris Waller, Duncan O'Leary, Lucy James

This project discusses the social, economic and political implications of a growth in the number of freelance jobs in the UK.

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Citizenship and political participation

Britain continues to experience declining public trust and participation in formal politics, in addition to rising loneliness and social isolation. Led by Jonathan Birdwell, this programme explores the ideas and institutions that can help bring together a more fragmented society.

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The Digital Democracy Series

Jamie Bartlett, Jonathan Birdwell, Louis Reynolds, Charlie Cadywould, Alex Krasodomski-Jones, Carl Miller

Demos’ Centre for the Analysis of Social Media (CASM) and the Citizenship and Political Participation Programme are launching a new series of projects on Digital Democracy.

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Review of Social and Emotional Skills: Call for Evidence

Jonathan Birdwell

Demos is issuing a Call for Evidence in support of the Early Intervention Foundation and Cabinet Office's Review of Social and Emotional skills.

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UpRising: Building a Monitoring and Evaluation Framework

Jonathan Birdwell, Louis Reynolds, Ian Wybron

Demos is building an evaluative framework for the leadership organisation UpRising.

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Having Their Say

Jonathan Birdwell, Louis Reynolds, Ian Wybron

This project aims to pinpoint the key political and social issues that young people care about ahead of the 2015 General Election

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Getting out the vote

Jamie Bartlett, Carl Miller, Jonathan Birdwell, Louis Reynolds

This project will map voter sentiment ahead of the EU elections and advise voter mobilisation campaigners on how best to ‘get out the vote’.

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Be prepared: Scouts and employability

Jonathan Birdwell

This research will seek to explore the extent to which the Scouting movement helps impart employability skills such as team work, confidence, interpersonal skills and leadership

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Integration and national identity

Questions of national identity are all around us, on Englishness and the future of the Union, to appropriate responses to historically high levels of immigration into the UK. This programme aims to close the gap between the ordinary voter and the political class to develop a sense of how we live together.

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Next steps: young Muslims and the professions

David Goodhart, Jonathan Birdwell, Louis Reynolds, Ian Wybron

This project will examine the potential causes of underrepresentation of British Muslims in the higher professions.

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Mapping Integration

David Goodhart, Alice Crawford, Trevor Phillips

This project aims to draw on government and academic data to develop a picture of ethno-cultural integration and segregation in Britain.

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The Centre for the Analysis of Social Media (CASM)

A collaboration between Demos and the Text Analytics Group at the University of Sussex, CASM combines computer science with social science to analyse social media. Led by Jamie Bartlett, its work will develop social media analysis as a valid instrument of research that meets the needs of policy and decision-makers.

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CASM and Sunday Times: The Twitter election

Carl Miller, Jamie Bartlett, Alex Krasodomski-Jones, Simon Wibberley

Demos CASM introduces a partnership with the Sunday Times, monitoring the election campaign on Twitter.

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The Digital Democracy Series

Jamie Bartlett, Jonathan Birdwell, Louis Reynolds, Charlie Cadywould, Alex Krasodomski-Jones, Carl Miller

Demos’ Centre for the Analysis of Social Media (CASM) and the Citizenship and Political Participation Programme are launching a new series of projects on Digital Democracy.

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Wisdom of the Crowd

Carl Miller

Four of the country’s leading technology and social research organisations have teamed up to change the way that social media information is used.

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Getting out the vote

Jamie Bartlett, Carl Miller, Jonathan Birdwell, Louis Reynolds

This project will map voter sentiment ahead of the EU elections and advise voter mobilisation campaigners on how best to ‘get out the vote’.

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Below the radar

Carl Miller, Jamie Bartlett

This project aims to systematically find, analyse and map social media conversations that indicate ‘below the radar’ third sector activity.

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Heads up: Bitcoin

Jamie Bartlett, Carl Miller

This project uses Bitcoin as a starting point to examine the long-term impact of crypto-currencies on a range of political, economic and social institutions.

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Demos Finance

Demos Finance is a new financial services research unit, providing industry leaders, policymakers and the public with a reliable source of objective and easily comprehensible analysis of the sector. Led by Andrew Freeman, it will generate new ideas and public policy solutions, will help to explain and ‘translate’ complex arguments to a non-specialist public.

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Demos Finance

Andrew Freeman, Jodie Ginsberg

Demos Finance is a new financial services research unit, providing industry leaders, policymakers and the public with reliable, objective and easy to understand analysis of the sector.

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The hidden risk

Jodie Ginsberg

This project looks into the state of banking technology in the UK. It will assess the banks' readiness to deal with increasing strains on their IT systems, and review the methods they are employing to cope with an increasingly demanding technological environment. 

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Political Ideas

Alongside and connected with our research programes, Demos has political projects focused on the burning issues in current political thinking.

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Squaring the Circle

Max Wind-Cowie

This project investigates how we can promote financial security and wellbeing at a time of declining living standards and constrained public spending.

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