Current Projects

Community and Public services

Project Status Description
Independent review of the Police Federation
Completed
An expert panel-led process to promote the effectiveness of this staff association, which represents all constables, sergeants, inspectors and chief inspectors in England and Wales
Arts & Social Change
Completed Exploring the role of arts and imagination in creating new connections between people and where they live
The Post Office & Social Value

Completed

Project to identify and articulate how entrepreneurial SPOs create community and commercial value and encourage community entrepreneurship throughout the Post Office Network.
Capital Ambition
Completed Providing support and evaluation for London local authorities considering social enterprise spin-offs
Demand management in local government
Completed
Research project on demand management
Equality, equity & public services
Active
A short chapter on quality & public service which is part of a collection of essays commissioned by The British Council.
Oldham: strong local leadership & devolution
Completed
Ongoing policy development in support of the Council's co-operative vision
Productivity & public service reform
Completed
Policy analysis of public service review options in light of government finances and future demand pressures
Shared Lives Partnership
Completed
Working with Shared Lives to explore how to expand new models of social care for vulnerable adults, particularly family hosting and support.
Social enterprise & public service strategies
Completed 
Helping to inform the future strategy of Northampton University
Social enterprise spin-offs
Completed 
Evaluation & support of public services in London planning to change their ownership model.
Social productivity & environmental protection
Active
Collaborative approaches to improving environmental outcomes through enhanced citizen stewardship
Sunderland consultancy
Completed 
Extending the learning from Sunderland City Council's Community Leadership programme to wider strategic priorities and the City Deal
2020 Retail
Active
Research project to assess the future of retail and its role in the social economy of place
The concept of old age
Completed 
Exploring the concept of old age, and the language used to talk about it
Best Practice Commissioning
Active
Encouraging best practice in the commissioning of public services for 'recovery' from substance misuse, and creating a toolkit and network for practitioners
Community Organisers
Active
Working with community organisers  in Arun, West Sussex, using social network analysis to build more inclusive, empowered communities that help foster mental well-being
Connected Communities for Social Inclusion and Mental Wellbeing
Active
Co-producing social network approaches for greater social inclusion and mental wellbeing in seven neighbourhoods across England
Disapora Changemakers
Active
Identifying and supporting UK based Diaspora Changemakers.
Social Mirror
Active
A tablet app to help people and health practitioners understand their social connections, and issue 'social prescriptions' for community groups and activities
Social Trust in an ageing society
Completed 
Examining the consequences of an ageing society for housing, social care and social policy
Transitions
Active
Undertaking a feasibility study for a social enterprise prison in partnership with HMP Everthorpe to aid offenders' transition back into social and economic inclusion
Whole Person Recovery West Kent
Active
Delivering the RSA's Whole Person Recovery model to help people in West Kent recover from substance misuse problems
Wiltshire (Corsham) Community Campus
Active
Support and challenge for Wiltshire Council in developing local, co-located public service hubs that enable greater citizen control
The City Growth Commission
Active
A 12 month standalone Commission investigating what is needed to enable UK cities to thrive. The enquiry will ask what  how other UK cities can complement London’s economic success; what political powers and governance arrangements are needed to deliver this; and how public service reform can enable other cities become fiscally sustainable
Pakistan Calling
Active
Building on the existing Pakistan Calling film portal this work promotes positive narratives about Pakistan by engaging the British Pakistani diaspora with civic activity in both the UK and Pakistan using the medium of film
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Design and Enterprise

Project Status Description
Disruptive Entrepreneurship Completed Exploring the new and unconventional ways in which young people are now starting and running businesses, from how they identify their business idea, to how they use and access finance, to what drives them to get started in the first place.
Future of Manufacturing Completed 
Exploring future opportunities for and threats to the UK manufacturing industry
Human Capital Premium
Active A prize challenge to encourage workforce development, updating the RSA's historic Premiums
Informal Entrepreneurs
Completed 
Making it easier for entrepreneurs on the wrong side of the law to go legit.
Inspiring Enterprise
Active 
Investigating and improving the support available to young entrepreneurs, in partnership with RBS Group
The Power of Small
Active
Researching impact of the rise of micro-business
Agensi Inovasi Malaysia Completed 
Consultancy work to help set up and deliver an open innovation platform for the Malaysian Government
Student Design Awards
Active
An esteemed student design award scheme encouraging young designers to apply their skills to today’s most pressing challenges  
The Great Recovery
Active
Investigating how good design can help reduce the economic and environmental impact of our ‘take, make, dispose’ culture by moving towards a circular economy
Royal Designers for Industry Active A title introduced in 1936 to honour designers of excellence and promote the important contribution of design in manufacturing and industry
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Learning, Cognition and Creativity

Project Status Description
Social Brain and Education
Active
Applying our knowledge about behaviour change to help schools and teachers collaborate to raise pupil achievement
Academies Commission
Completed
An independent commission on how to make the most of the academy schools programme
Area Based Curriculum
Completed Creating a curriculum in Peterborough that connects learning with the local environment and community
Between the Cracks
Completed Looking at how schools manage admissions part-way through the year
Grand Curriculum Designs
Active
Creating a national continuing professional development (CPD) programme for teachers and educators who want to transform their curriculum
BERA-RSA Inquiry
Active
Enquiry in partnership with British Education Research Association
No School Left Behind
Active
Partnership with St Helens Council – leading an Education Task Group to improve student outcomes.
Plan A for Arts
Completed 
Working with the Arts Council to explore new cases for investment in arts and culture
Rethinking the 'hidden wealth' of adolescence
Active
Cross-disciplinary project to exploring how to create a step change in attitudes, funding & policy towards adolescence.
RSA Investigate-Ed
Active 3-month investigations to explore specific policy issues, including: Raising the Participation Age; Royal College of Teachers; Primary school size & places.
Service Children’s Education
Active
Rethinking the education received by the children of service personnel children overseas
Suffolk Enquiry
Completed
An Inquiry into how to improve education in Suffolk, ensuring young people have the best chance to succeed at school and get great jobs
Behaviour Change for Climate Change
Active
Exploring how knowledge about how our behaviour can help address climate change
Education and Social Brain
Active
Research on how better behavioural insight might inform education, with a comparative aspect in Germany.
Reducing Violence
Completed 
Helping an NSPCC campaign to reduce violence in adolescents
Savings Behaviour
Active
Working with a major bank to understand why people save and how to encourage saving, using insights from behavioural economics, social psychology and neuroscience 
Spirituality, Character Development & The Social Brain
Active
Examining the scientific and spiritual foundations of character development
Curriculum Development in FE
Completed 
Supporting eight further education colleges in developing their curricula
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Past Projects

These links refer to our projects which have been completed up to 5 years ago. For information about Projects older than this, please email our archive team.