Share

Task Force says negative language holds back early-action projects

Task Force says negative language holds back early-action projects
News

Task Force says negative language holds back early-action projects1

Finance | Vibeka Mair | 23 Nov 2011

The Early Action Task Force has said the conventional language of 'prevention' used around early action projects presupposes problems, victims and perpetrators, and called for the use of a new language of 'readiness' associated with assets and strengths.

The Early Action Task Force, which is chaired by David Robinson, senior adviser at Community Links, is a group of charity stakeholders including Sir Stuart Etherington, CEO of NCVO and Martin Brookes, former CEO of New Philanthropy Capital, who believe early-action projects are key in tackling social problems.

Its first report, entitled The Triple Dividend, makes a number of recommendations to government, including ring-fencing spending on early-action projects; setting up an early-action fund centrally held by the Treasury; and creating a ‘minister for early action’ or an ‘early action czar’. The report also calls on government to explore guarantees or insurances on social impact bonds to stimulate the public to invest.

Meanwhile, charity funders are encouraged to consider the optimum point for intervention each time they fund, by developing a “one step sooner” mindset. The report also calls on funders to collaborate on developing a shared evidence base with consistent measurement of early-action projects.

The report, launched today at the House of Lords, also recommends that new language around early action needs to be developed, saying the language of ‘prevention’ is pessimistic, reductive and discouraging, while the language of ‘readiness’ is motivating, optimistic and aspirational.

The Task Force is due to publish a second report early next year. The term 'triple dividend' stands for thriving lives; costing less; contributing more.

 

Paul Edwards
Community Development Worker
N/A
23 Nov 2011

As someone who worked in alcohol and drug prevention in the 1970s, this rticle makes very depressing reading. While the report is absolutely right about the positive value of the language of 'readiness; this is not possible while funders, and that means Government, insist on the language of 'blame' to appease the bloody-minded right wing gutter press.

Comments

[Cancel] | Reply to:

Close »

Community Standards

The civilsociety.co.uk community and comments board is intended as a platform for informed and civilised debate.

We hope to encourage a broad range of views, however, there are standards that we expect commentators to uphold. We reserve the right to delete or amend any comments that do not adhere to these standards.

We welcome:

  • Robust but respectful debate
  • Strongly held opinions
  • Intelligent relevant discussion
  • The sharing of relevant experiences
  • New participants

We will not publish:

  • Rude, threatening, offensive, obscene or abusive language, or links to such material
  • Links to commercial organisations or spam postings. The comments board is not an advertising platform
  • The posting of contact details for yourself or others
  • Comments intended for malicious purpose or mindless abuse
  • Comments purporting to be from another person or organisation under false pretences
  • Gratuitous criticism, commentary or self-promotion
  • Any material which breaches copyright or privacy laws, or could be considered libellous
  • The use of the comments board for the pursuit or extension of personal disputes

Be aware:

  • Views expressed on the comments board are left at users’ discretion and are in no way views held or supported by Civil Society Media
  • Comments left by others may not be accurate, do not rely on them as fact
  • You may be misunderstood - sarcasm and humour can easily be taken out of context, try to be clear

Please:

  • Enjoy the opportunity to express your opinion and respect the right of others to express theirs
  • Confine your remarks to issues rather than personalities

Together we can keep our community a polite, respectful and intelligent platform for discussion.

Free eNews

Benchmark survey sees members' 2014 legacy income rise 9.8 per cent to £1.25bn

2 Mar 2015

A benchmark survey produced by sector analyst Legacy Foresight indicates that like-for-like legacy income...

Diabetes UK raises £18.6m through Tesco partnership

27 Feb 2015

Tesco employees, suppliers and customers raised over £18m for Diabetes UK between March 2013 and December...

Coffee mornings top list of most popular fundraising events, report shows

26 Feb 2015

Coffee mornings are the most popular ways for supporters to raise money for charity, according to new...

Commission 'concerned' about charities that ignore Lobbying Act

2 Mar 2015

The Charity Commission’s director of policy and communications, Sarah Atkinson, has warned charities...

Scouts appoint first commercial director

2 Mar 2015

The UK Scout Association has appointed Mark Hislop to the new role of commercial director.

Charities cannot use DCLG grants to lobby government, says Pickles

2 Mar 2015

Charities and other organisations will not be allowed to use Department for Communities and Local Government...

Daniel Phelan dies, aged 58

13 Feb 2015

Daniel Phelan, owner and editor-in-chief of Civil Society Media, passed away on Wednesday following a...

LinkedIn launches matching service to bring charity volunteering opportunities to 250,000 members

6 Feb 2015

Charities in the UK will be able to advertise volunteer opportunities to 250,000 LinkedIn members who...

Free guide to Bitcoin donations produced for charities

5 Feb 2015

Two Bitcoin organisations have launched a website and free guide to promote the use of the digital currency...

Join the discussion

 Twitter button

@CSFinance