Contracting Employment Services by Results: Performance Targets, Differential Payments and Category Games

This blog is based on an article in Social Policy and Society.  Click here to access the article. For many years, governments have turned to outcomes-based contracts as a way of driving innovation and efficiency in the delivery of welfare-to-work. Multinational human services agencies such as Maximus, Seetec, and People Plus are now major providers… Continue reading Contracting Employment Services by Results: Performance Targets, Differential Payments and Category Games

Why Historical Perspectives Matter for Understanding Social Policy

This blog is based on an article in the Journal of Social Policy.  Click here to read the open access article. A historical perspective is important for understanding many things and this is particularly true when it comes to grasping healthcare scandals and healthcare policy. When we look back in time with the right tools,… Continue reading Why Historical Perspectives Matter for Understanding Social Policy

Vulnerable Unemployment and the ‘Ingredients of Success’

This blog is based on an article in Social Policy and Society.  Click here to access the article. When looking at clients with a long history of unemployment and substantial health and social problems, stories of success are limited. Success is defined here as exiting benefits into employment or education. Thus, when a client does… Continue reading Vulnerable Unemployment and the ‘Ingredients of Success’

Insight into Publishing with Social Policy and Society

This is a guest blog by Elif Naz Kayran based on her experiences of Social Policy and Society's Insight into Publishing scheme.  Elif is a doctoral candidate in the Department for International Relations and Political Science at the Graduate Institute in Geneva.   The process of academic publishing can be daunting - particularly for graduate students and junior… Continue reading Insight into Publishing with Social Policy and Society

How Contractual Changes to Employment Services Affect Engagement with Single Mothers

This blog is based on an article in the Journal of Social Policy.  To access the article click here. Since the early 2000s successive Australian governments have required single parents with school age children who are in receipt of income support payments to, at a minimum, engage in some form of planning to return to paid work… Continue reading How Contractual Changes to Employment Services Affect Engagement with Single Mothers