LARIA eNews October 2011

This is our monthly update to all our members about what is going on in LARIA and the world of public sector research.

Take part in our survey now

LARIA and the Local Government Group are conducting a survey to understand the research capacity and needs across public sector researchers. It will provide key baseline information to allow LARIA to develop a package of support for LARIA members. All LARIA members should have received an individual link to the survey, so please let us have your views.

We'd also like colleagues from other public sector organisations to complete the survey. If you have not received a personal email then you should click here to take part: Please forward this link to your networks. For further details on the survey click here.

Call for papers - LARIA News

We will be publishing the next edition of LARIA News in the new year.  Would you like to contribute an article? Or do you have ideas on someone who might like to contribute? The deadline for submission of articles/ideas is 4th November 2011. If you are interested email immediately! We can help shape ideas and it would be great to know if you are planning to write something so we can make room in the publication. 

Call for Papers - LARIA in Scotland Annual Conference 2012

You are invited to submit papers for this conference which this year is around the theme of responding to the Christie Report on the future of public services in Scotland (although we will accept other papers). The deadline is Friday 18th November 2011 to submit papers. Click for more here 

Could you be the LARIA Locality Liaison Officer for the South East?

As mentioned in the last edition of LARIA News we are creating a network of LARIA Locality Liaison Officers to help develop regional networking groups. In the next edition of LARIA eNews we will be revealing who these people are.... but in the meantime we have one vacancy left! Could you be the LARIA Locality Liaison Officer for the South East, covering areas such as Kent, the Isle of Wight, Surrey and Sussex (among other great places!). This is your great opportunity to be a champion for research in your region. Please click here for more details

LARIA/PMN Consultation - Making Open Data Real

We are seeking members' views on how the Government can best embed a culture of openness and transparency in our public services. Please respond no later than the 21st October 2011 in order that we can analyse, and summarise your responses and comments and return these to the Open Data Consultation Team at the Cabinet Office by the 27th October 2011. Click here for more details

LGC Future Leaders Network

Over the summer LARIA was asked if we would be willing to support a new initiative being launched by LGC, the Future Leaders Network.

The network will bring together up-and-coming people from the range of local government disciplines across the country who are seeking to move into more senior positions, and provide a development and networking environment for them based on local/regional arrangments. LARIA sought nominations from across our membership, and we were really pleased to put forward the names of half a dozen willing people to join the programme. We'll report progress with the Future Leaders Network in LARIA News Magazine over the next twelve months as the programme gets up and running. Click here for more information

Survey and Questionnaire Design - One Day Courses

The Centre for Census and Survey Research at the University of Manchester will be running a number of one-day training courses in survey and questionnaire design in November 2011. Click here for more details. LARIA has negotiated a special rate for the courses with CSSR, which gives a £25 saving per delegate per day on the standard price click for details.

Last ever Citizenship Survey shows rising trust in local government

The Citizenship Survey leaves on a high. There is increased satisfaction with the local area, less concern about crime and greater perceptions of community cohesion. Two-thirds (64%) of Britons trust their council - the highest score ever recorded. The survey of 10,000 adults was carried out between April 2010 and March 2011. Click here for information

Shelter Databank Launched

Shelter has launched Shelter Housing Databank, the easy access local housing data resource. They have put the most up-to-date housing data – drawn from a wide range of sources - into one place, enabling local authority officers and councillors to base their plans on strong evidence in just a few quick steps. Click to find out more

LGinsight Event: Improving Community Engagement

This event is free to all LGcommunications/LGinsight members - your communications team should know if you are a corporate member. It will be held on 1st November 2011 in London and will look at how councils can really engage with their communities. There will be case studies from Norfolk, Lambeth and Harrow Councils and from the Association of Local Councils to discuss the role of parish councils. Keep Britain Tidy will discuss their research, along with presentations from the Consultation Institute and the Huddersfield Centre for Communications Research. Click here to find out more

Are you interested in helping us improve LARIA News and eNews?

The LARIA editorial group has just been set up to cover all our communications and we would love active members to join. We edit, design and send out LARIA News, eNews, the website and other communications.  They are only as good as the content and we would love to have more information from members on the research they have done or have found useful. We review all the information we receive online through a special Community of Practice site. By joining the group you will be able to help LARIA overall and individual members. Email us at if you would like to be involved in helping us keep our members informed.

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