Principal Researcher - Public and Social Innovation

Ruth Puttick
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January 2009

What I do

Ruth was Principal Researcher for public and social innovation.

Ruth joined the Nesta policy and research team in 2009, working on a range of projects across innovation, investment and growth, creative industries, and public and social innovation.

Biography

She successfully developed and lead Nesta's evidence work programme, including launching the Alliance for Useful Evidence, advising the UK government on the development of the What Works Network, as well as developing the standards of evidence used in Nesta Impact Investments, and across Nesta more broadly (this framework has now been adopted by Pearson Plc).

Ruth worked on a range of public and social innovation projects, with a particular interest in the structures for evidence and innovation in governments. She also lead i-teams, a large study in partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies, exploring the creation and impact of innovation funds and teams in governments around the world.

Ruth has worked in a range of research settings, including as a consultant for the Exmoor National Park Authority, and a sea turtle research programme in Panama. During 2012, Ruth took time out of Nesta to work on the Obama-Biden election campaign in Richmond, Virginia. 

Prior to Nesta, she worked on a range of community-led projects for a north west-based environmental regeneration charity. Ruth holds a BA in Geography from University of Sheffield and is currently studying for a Masters in Social Research Methods.

Nesta hosted a Ministerial announcement of the What Works Centres. These new centres will help improve the evidence used in decision making across a number of key policy areas.
Ruth Puttick
Monday, 4 March 2013
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At Nesta we want to take the 'open data' campaign a step further. We are now calling for the creation of a 'Red Book for Evidence'. This would reveal the evidence that's behind policy decisions across social care, education, health, and beyond.
Ruth Puttick
Thursday, 6 December 2012
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The recent Obama campaign has been heralded as one of the greatest community organising efforts of all time. Now that we are seeing the benefits of involving citizens more in services and decision making that affects them, what can we learn from what Obama has done to galvanise individuals and communities?
Ruth Puttick
Wednesday, 14 November 2012
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At Nesta we are interested in exploring how rigorous evidence can be better used to drive innovation. Part of this is being able to identify the most effective policies and programmes. Yet the thing we find striking is how little is known about the actual mechanisms that can effectively ensure evidence is useful and useable for decision makers. In other words, what works in helping identify what is working?
Ruth Puttick
Thursday, 4 October 2012
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The old saying ‘prevention is better than cure’ is frequently used to make the case for more preventive investment across our public services. This sounds intuitively sensible. Why let harm run its course when it could be avoided? But is preventing harm really always the right thing to do?
Ruth Puttick
Monday, 17 September 2012
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