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Public value: background review

Public value: background review

The concept of public value provides a rich and radical account of what public policy should be aiming for. The public value framework offers the practical mechanism for delivery. 

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Paper: Back to the Land

Paper: Back to the Land

The case for a more strategic approach to land use and management. This paper was written by the Green Alliance and commissioned by the RSA Food, Farming and Countryside Commission.

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Voices from the field: Can farmers champion health?

Voices from the field: Can farmers champion health?

This collection of 20 interviews was conducted by the the Food Research Collaboration at the Centre for Food Policy at City, University of London, in collaboration with the RSA Food, Farming & Countryside Commission. It formed part of the 'farming and health' workstream, which aimed to further our understanding of the link between health and wellbeing, farming and the countryside. Visit the Food Research Collaboration website for more information on the interview series. 

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Paper: natural capital accounting for farms

Paper: natural capital accounting for farms

This paper aims to provide practical descriptions of natural capital approach and accounting that can integrate into farm decision making. It was written by eftec and commissioned by the RSA Food, Farming and Countryside Commission.

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Polling data: good work in food, farming and rural communities

Polling data: good work in food, farming and rural communities

This leaflet shows intial analysis of Populus polling data. We were keen to explore what a focus on ‘good work’ can contribute to the strategic discussion of how to build a workforce fit for the future in agriculture and horticulture.

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Locally led inquiry report: Cumbria - Gap analysis for Cumbrian upland farming initiatives post-Brexit

Locally led inquiry report: Cumbria - Gap analysis for Cumbrian upland farming initiatives post-Brexit

This report presents the findings of the Cumbria group as part of the locally led inquiries across England. 

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Locally led inquiry report: Lincolnshire - Sustainable soil practice and promotion

Locally led inquiry report: Lincolnshire - Sustainable soil practice and promotion

This report presents the findings of the Lincolnshire group as part of the locally led inquiries across England. 

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Locally led inquiry report: Devon - Grasslands and livestock production

Locally led inquiry report: Devon - Grasslands and livestock production

This report is one of a collection of four published by the Devon group as part of the locally led inquiries across England. 

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Locally led inquiry report: Devon - Environment and biodiversity

Locally led inquiry report: Devon - Environment and biodiversity

This report is one of a collection of four published by the Devon group as part of the locally led inquiries across England. 

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Locally led inquiry report: Devon - New entrants

Locally led inquiry report: Devon - New entrants

This report is one of a collection of four published by the Devon group as part of the locally led inquiries across England. 

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Locally led inquiry report: Devon - Health and thriving communities

Locally led inquiry report: Devon - Health and thriving communities

This report is one of a collection of four published by the Devon group as part of the locally led inquiries across England. 

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RSA Journal Article: The future of work in the countryside

RSA Journal Article: The future of work in the countryside

When debating how to tackle employment challenges and skills shortages, the focus tends to be on urban centres, but the experience of rural economies can teach us a lot. Published June 2019.

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Roundtable paper: meeting our global obligations

Roundtable paper: meeting our global obligations

This paper is the result of a roundtable discussion that took place in September 2018 at the RSA on the theme of ‘Our place in the world: global perspectives on UK food, farming and countryside.’ The discussion formed the basis of our thinking about the UK’s international role on issues such as climate change, human rights and trade.

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Roundtable paper: good food for healthy and flourishing communities

Roundtable paper: good food for healthy and flourishing communities

This paper is the result of a roundtable discussion that took place in August 2018 at the RSA on the theme of ‘Food and farming: health and wellbeing’. The discussion formed the basis of our thinking about which policy levers could affect food, farming and trade to have the biggest effects on public health, as well as how to maximise the public health benefits of initiatives already in place.

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Roundtable paper: good work for a thriving economy

Roundtable paper: good work for a thriving economy

This paper is the result of a roundtable discussion that took place in July 2018 at the RSA on the theme of ‘The future of work: sustainable livelihoods in rural communities’. The discussion formed the basis of our thinking about the changing nature of work, and of how to generate and sustain good and meaningful work in the food and farming sectors and in rural communities. 

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Roundtable paper: a framework for sustainable land use

Roundtable paper: a framework for sustainable land use

This paper is the result of a roundtable discussion that took place in July 2018 at the RSA on the theme of ‘Planning for progress: the future of land use’. The discussion formed the basis of our thinking about what policy levers can positively influence land use and which changes would have the most public legitimacy.

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Roundtable paper: more than money

Roundtable paper: more than money

This paper is the result of a roundtable discussion that took place in July 2018 at the RSA on the theme of ‘Coordinating the whole resource: achieving greater public value.’ The discussion formed the basis of our thinking about public goods, public value and financial flows through the rural economy. 

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Call for ideas

Call for ideas

This was our public consultation. We wanted to hear what we'd missed or misunderstood in our proposal review as well as practical ideas to address the big challenges. We published a blog on the areas the respondants were passionate about.

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Proposal review

Proposal review

We reviewed 1,000 proposals from 160 reports, speeches, consultation responses and other documents, all published since 2015. We wanted to know where successful projects are working already and who is involved, where there are the biggest gaps and risks in current debate, and who is being left out.

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RSA Journal Article: Food, farming and countryside

RSA Journal Article: Food, farming and countryside

A fragile balance exists between what we eat, the rural economy and the natural environment, but by choosing to look at them in isolation, we fail to see the vulnerabilities of the system. Published November 2017.

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