Newcastle University Business School

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When 'better' family policies and evidence do harm

This lecture by Dominic Richardson, Senior Education Specialist at UNICEF, seeks to challenge three accepted pillars in comparative public policy for families and children.

Date/Time: Thursday 21 September 2017, 17:30

Venue: Partners' Room 8.10, Newcastle University Business School

The first pillar Dominic will challenge is that socially high-performing countries are high-spenders - and that spending more matters. The second is that innovation in social investment and integration drive efficiencies and effectiveness, and the third is that measuring well-being promotes well-being for all. 

The lecture will draw from comparative evidence base across three streams of Dominic's work in recent years for OECD and UNICEF, including: a comparison of international family policy investment, assessments of integrating human services and social impact investment, and reviews of child well-being data and surveys. The lecture will conclude with some reflections on what all this means for improving family and child policy, and how countries draw lessons for public policy transfer. 


Dominic is a Senior Education Specialist at UNICEF, Office of Research - Innocenti where he leads research on issues of equity in education and the relationships between schooling, school outcomes and child well-being. Dominic previously worked with OECD Social Policy Division on child well-being, evaluating family policies, integrating human services, social impact investment, and studies of extreme poverty and vulnerability. Dominic has led or co-authored several reports on comparative child well-being including: How's Life for Children? in OECD's 2015 How's Life?, OECD's Doing Better for Children, and UNICEF Innocenti Report Cards 7, 9 and 14. In 2014, Dominic was the lead researcher on a joint EC OECD project evaluating the content and quality of international surveys of school children in high and middle income countries.

This event is free though registration is essential as places are limited.