Case studies

Innovation in local government is about improving the lives of the people in our communities. Browse through our case studies to see the many innovative programmes councils are involved in.

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Wellbeing support for councillors - Middlesbrough Council

Being a councillor is both a privilege and a tremendous responsibility and, as high-profile members of the community, councillors may experience abuse of varying severity during their term of office.

Councillor development

Using behavioural insights to improve breastfeeding rates in Sunderland

The behavioural intervention increased the use of BFF by 3 percentage points, and increased breastfeeding rates at the new birth visit by 4 percentage points, at the  six to eight week visit by 6 percentage points and by 3 percentage points at the  three to four month visit. However, these differences were not statistically significant.   

Devon County Council and the Apricot Centre: Future of Farming – Training the next generation of Regenerative Farmers

In January 2021 the Apricot Centre carried out a study that highlighted a huge skills deficit in Regenerative Systems, holding back farmers, growers, and food systems workers from transitioning to regenerative farming methods. Devon County Council supported the Apricot Centre to deliver a pilot training programme, helping local businesses to develop the required skills and to create new jobs in the sector.

Investing in council house building - Central Bedfordshire Council

Central Bedfordshire Council has been addressing a deficit in social housing by embarking on a project to increase the number of council properties available.

Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Council's First Low-Energy Council Home

This project is the basis on which we will make the wider Lancaster West Estate carbon-neutral by 2030.

Delivering the first passivhaus homes in Mansfield

Mansfield District Council have a clear political aspiration to take action to address the climate emergency through our house building programme. Hence the driver to deliver, and learn from a pilot passivhaus scheme.

Bracknell Forest: Resurrecting an Early Years and Childcare Strategy

This case study describes the process of resurrecting the Early Years and Childcare Strategy in Bracknell Forest. The support programme engaged a total of 12 LAs in a process to support the best coordination of services, legal compliance and improved outcomes for children and families.