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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Councils are doing remarkable work to address the challenges brought by coronavirus. Good council practice related to the COVID-19 outbreak can be found on our dedicated web hub.

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Face Up Emotional Resilience Programme, Harrow, London

Delivery organisation The Young Foundation in partnership with Harrow Metropolitan Police, Wealdstone Ant-Social Partnership team, Harrow Children's Services, Youth Offending Team, Ignite, and University of East London Funding Harrow Metropolitan Police, programme value £50,000

Unabridged version: Good Gym

Good Gym, Tower Hamlets, London Delivery organisation The Good Gym Funding Tower Hamlets Primary Care Trust (PCT), less than £10,000

Unabridged version: Teapot Course

The Teapot Course, Norwich Delivery organisation Norwich Community Workshop and Norwich Castle Museum, as part of the Skills for Life course.

Unabridged version: Families Fit for Life, Knowsley

Families Fit for Life, Knowsley Delivery organisation Homestart Knowsley and Knowsley Council Funding Big Lottery Fund (BIG) funding, programme value unknown

The Breathing Spaces Project - Be active, Keep Learning, Give

This project, developed by Prism Youth Project, based at Prism City Farm, aims to provide 12 to 21-year-olds with opportunities to engage in horticultural and other farm and animal-based activities. By facilitating these types of activities (or what is known as ‘ecotherapy' - green exercise and other learning activities) improvements are made around the young people's wellbeing and mental health.

People in Public Health Lay Summary

The Centre for Health Promotion Research at Leeds Metropolitan University, have produced a lay summary for the dissemination of accessible research-based information from the People in Public Health study which will support better engagement with citizens to co-produce better health and well-being outcomes. See summary document below:

Bristol City Council: Bringing open data to life

The city has a thriving digital economy and large-scale ambitions to grow this further. The council has been prepared to invest, take risks around the digital agenda and be an early adopter of new technologies.

Data and transparency

Making council data and spending public

The ‘open data’ agenda places a duty on councils to make as much data available to the public as possible, including information on spending, accountability and performance. The London Borough of Redbridge was one of the first councils to adopt this policy.

Data and transparency

Open data: Leeds Data Mill

A look at how the Leeds Data Mill (LDM) has developed and how it links to and supports the strategic development of the council in terms of using data to address the challenges and issues the city is facing.

Data and transparency