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Always Hope

Sport England

Rangatahi Thriving in Murihiku

The National Lottery Community Fund – Health Equalities programme

Health Anchors Learning Network

The Health Anchors Learning Network (HALN) is a UK-wide network for people responsible for, or interested in, anchor approaches in health to share and learn from each other.

Sport NZ system mapping


Foyer Broome

Peel refuge

Learning from Innovation in a Crisis: Greater Manchester’s real time learning project

Collaboratively designing an improved school system for Bermuda

Strengthening families, protecting children programme 

Children’s voices guide the way for new model of care

Parkerville Children and Youth Care (CYC), in partnership with Innovation Unit, have committed to developing an innovative model of out-of-home care that is built upon the experiences and voices of young people to inform the design.

Bringing to light distress and healing in early motherhood

Bridging the Gaps

Care experienced young people are more likely to reoffend on release from prison than non-care leavers of a similar age. They often lack family relationships and other support networks and there is a proven correlation between maintenance of family relationships in prevention of reoffending.

Age-friendly Tāmaki Makaurau

No Wrong Door

Innovation in Children’s Social Care Research project

Collaborative Commissioning

Living Well UK

Violence affecting young people

350 in Greater Manchester share their experiences and solutions in new report on violent crime affecting young people commissioned by The Greater Manchester Combined Authority.

Māori heart health




As Australia sees a decline in the academic growth of its top-performing learners in international tests, so educators are noticing that the highest achieving students are ‘playing the game’ of school. They’re present, but not always feeling engaged or being intellectually stretched.

Raising Learning Outcomes


Named Social Worker

Adult mental health

In Lambeth they have seized the opportunity to transform the mental health care system.

Integrated employment support

Meaningful work makes a key contribution to a healthy, happy life, but many people are prevented from working because of unmet health needs. Innovation Unit have worked with the Work and Health Unit and the Learning and Work Institute to create the Integrated Employment Support Programme.

Childhood obesity

Healthy Families NZ Workforce Development

A new care model for older people

Asset-based children’s services

Spreading & scaling innovation in the NHS

Innovation Unit and The Health Foundation have joined forces to understand and share insights about how to scale innovation in the NHS.

School Design Lab

Through School Design Lab we offer a practical, holistic approach to the challenge of school design, backed up by a wealth of experience and insight from across the world.

Cities + Mayors + Innovation


Innovations in children’s social care

The care system can be transformative, giving young people and their families the support they need at the most difficult points in their lives. But too many young people have a poor experience of the system and poor long-term outcomes, leaving care without the skills, relationships or emotional stability to ready them for adulthood.

Kaitaia Youth Project

We worked with local youth workers in Kaitaia, to develop actionable solutions to engage young people in their community.


There remain children and families whose early learning and development needs go unmet. We believe that every young Australian deserves a great start to life, and an even better future.

End of life care

Better Endings is a year-long disciplined innovation programme, funded by Guy’s and St Thomas Charity’, that aims to create new solutions for end of life care in Lambeth and Southwark.

NHS Innovation Accelerator

Innovation is the future of the NHS. Plenty of innovators are designing new solutions for healthcare, but spreading them remains a huge challenge.

Peer Crowds Alcohol Behaviour Change Project

STEM Innovation Partnerships

Learning outcomes for schools

Too often compromises are made, and a ‘good enough’ education focusing on basic skills is all that is available for many children in challenging contexts.

Thriving Communities

When people are given the power to shape a vision for their community, and the resources to make it happen, they grasp it. But when we talk about public services, this kind of agency is rarely part of the equation.

Homelessness + substance misuse + criminal justice

Digging deep to really understand people’s lives and the systems around them generates new insights and the most powerful case for change.

Family relationships

How parents relate to one another has a deep and long lasting impact on their children’s lives – for good or for ill. Every day, local authorities come into contact with families, so how can professionals spot the signs of relationship difficulty and help parents with the support they need?

Harekeke – Parents for Parents

Harakeke – Parents for Parents has been enabling parents of children under five to support each other to be the best parents they can be for over two years.

Diabetes model of care

We brought together clinicians, service providers, people living with diabetes and their families to design a new model of care.

Behind the wheel

We worked with the Aotearoa New Zealand Transport Agency and Accident Compensation Corporation to co-design a behaviour change programme to reduce the number of young people driving without a license or in breach of license conditions.