PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE

Our Better Way proposition:

Too many resources are wasted in tackling rising demand, when it would be more cost-effective and better for all to take early action to prevent problems arising in the first place.

Insights about our proposition…

Early action isn’t just common sense, but there are also strong social, financial and economic arguments for doing much more of it.  To read more...

Many studies point to massive potential savings if there were more investment, for example, in children and young people, in preventative health care,  and on reducing crime and re-offending.  To read more...

But there are many barriers to change, including short-termism, silo working, risk aversion, lack of evaluation and “dual running” ie a lack of money to invest in early action services at the same time as acute intervention.  Leadership and culture also play an important part.  To read more...

A number of ideas have been put forward to help tackle these barriers, including longer term planning; classifying early versus acute action spending; protecting early action; treating it like capital investment and ring-fencing it from acute spending; and setting targets to shift from acute spending to early action over time; pooled budgets between different agencies to break down silos; social finance and early action loan funds to bring in upfront money to invest; better evaluation of what works and investment in leadership and culture change.  To read more...

A considerable body of evidence is being created about what works by the Early Intervention Foundation and the Education Endowment Foundation and others.  To learn more about examples of good practice, click here…

Within the devolved administrations of the UK, there are examples of innovation that might be adopted elsewhere.  To learn more…

We want to generate more insights and examples about our propositions. Do please get in touch with any thoughts or additions. 

Shaking things up a bit: some discussion points for A Better Way

  • What can the voluntary, public and private sector leaders do to break down silos between and within sectors?
  • What can we do to help develop greater social leadership on early action within and across sectors?
  • What can the voluntary sector do itself to improve its practices in this area?
  • What are the opportunities being created locally to promote more investment in prevention and how can we help?
  • What can we do to raise awareness of the need to do more to move early action “upstream”?

Do you have views on these questions – or are there other questions we should be asking?