• Blog Post

    Why we need to tell different stories

    We commissioned ‘Telling a Different Story’ to create a more in-depth, collective understanding of how, and why the media currently reports on severe and multiple disadvantage (SMD) in the way that it does. Partly because we believe the media...

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  • Blog Post

    Data and disadvantage: are we learning anything new?

    In 2015, Lankelly Chase and Heriot-Watt University published the Hard Edges report on severe and multiple disadvantage. As well as showing the number of people accessing substance use, homelessness and criminal justice services at the same time,...

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  • News Story

    Bereavement and multiple disadvantage

    Revolving Doors Agency’s Research Network has published a new literature review on Bereavement and Loss. It outlines how people facing severe and multiple disadvantage (particularly people in prison) are disproportionately affected by...

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  • Blog Post

    Knowledge Action Inquiry: Paradigm shift

    Earlier this week we flagged that one of the elements of our Knowledge Action Inquiry is ‘examining the basis of our collective knowledge system’. By this, we mean that we want to explore the underlying values, assumptions and judgments we...

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  • Blog Post

    Knowledge Action Inquiry: Knowledge Democracy

    As a major theme of our Knowledge Action Inquiry, we’ll be examining ‘knowledge democracy’ and its relevance to our work on severe and multiple disadvantage. We’re in the early stages of discovering and engaging with quite a...

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  • Publication

    Knowledge Democracy Discussion Paper

    Most of us will have studied a very small part of the extensive and diverse knowledge systems of the world, and we will reproduce this understanding of what counts as most valid, credible, robust, accurate, and useful within our thinking and...

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  • Blog Post

    Knowledge Action Inquiry: What do we know about severe and multiple disadvantage?

    We all try to make sense of the world we live in: it’s part of the natural state of things to assemble information and act on what we (think or feel) we know. Similarly, the idea of knowledge underpins our whole discourse on severe and multiple...

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  • Blog Post

    What does the world of tech and big data have to do with us?

    We’ve had two brushes with big data in the last couple of weeks. Cathy’s been talking to other foundations about it…. On my first day back in the office after returning from a meeting of international foundations on big data, The...

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  • Blog Post

    An untold story of power, defiance, mutuality and growth

    Disclaimer first: my role in the process of facilitating An Untold Story was to listen, amplify the voices and facilitate the editing choices of the twelve women who told their stories in the book. (Their voices can be found here, in full colour,...

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  • Project Summary

    Black Training and Enterprise Group (BTEG)

    The Black Training and Enterprise Group (BTEG) is a national charity delivering programmes for young black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) people aged 11-30 years. We conduct action research, operate as a learning partner for funders and...

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