Model Development is one of the keys to innovation and improvement in the welfare state is the development of models which can be tested and improved. This requires a commitment to both increased flexibility and the use of empirical data.
The four phases of model development require:
- Development of models - which can then be championed by local leaders
- Implementation of models - in the light of legal and economic realities
- Understanding the real impact of the model - evaluated in the light of principles of social justice
- Improving the model - adapting the model within legal and policy constraints
Of course the conditions for innovation are therefore constrained by:
- space left by legal structures
- authority given to leaders
- transparency of data
- understandings of right and wrong
It is this approach to change which underpins the work of the Centre for Welfare Reform and its fellows. Ethics must be combined with a real willingness to test, learn and adapt.
The publisher is the Centre for Welfare Reform.
Model Development © Simon Duffy 2010.
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