Julia Slay

Senior Researcher and Social Policy Programme Co-ordinator

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Team: Social Policy,

Julia has worked at nef since October 2009, and is a Senior Researcher and the programme co-ordinator for the Social Policy team. Julia has written extensively on co-production, public sector reform and innovation, the impact of the cuts, localism and the big society, personalisation and commissioning. Her previous projects have included co-ordinating the co-production practitioners’ network, research on innovation in the public sector, leading evaluations of pilot projects in social care and housing, and working with providers and commissioners in youth services to embed co-production. She is currently leading a project working with three local authorities on implementing outcomes focussed commissioning and co-production, two projects looking at the impact of the cuts and alternative strategies to the austerity, a project researching innovation within local government in response to the cuts, and an evaluation of co-production within primary healthcare.

Julia has extensive experience of using qualitative social research methods. Her recent publications include; Budgets and Beyond, Public Services Inside Out, Right Here Right Now, All in this Together

Publication // November 20, 2013

Co-production in mental health: A literature review

When, why, and how has co-production been used in mental health services, and what impact it has had on people’s lives and their recovery?


Video // November 8, 2013

Watch: How to build a welfare state for the 21st century

nef's Julia Slay at TEDxSouthwark More

Publication // August 16, 2013

Surviving austerity

What is the real impact of current welfare reform? Local voices and local action in England’s poorest neighbourhoods