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Productivity and micro business

The Productivity Insights Network, funded by the Economic and Social research Council, have recently published a follow-up evaluation of a series of programmes designed to boost productivity (see _January19.pdf ). The initiatives under the microscope were all originally part of the UK Commission for Employment and Skills Future Programme. Looking at the report from […]

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Can policy be inspired by practice?

At the beginning of this week (19 November 2018) I had the great good fortune to be invited to a workshop on ‘Driving improvements in business performance’ for Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) personnel organised by the Work Foundation ( My challenge was to decide what to say in five minutes on […]

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Business productivity review

As part of their concern with the UK’s productivity performance, the Government has launched a consultation. You can have your say at . We’ve already posted some thoughts under the business support and advice services heading. Do you agree with our points about sole traders and micro businesses?

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Business startup comes to Chesterfield

Here’s a date for your diary: Saturday 24 February. The micro biz champion Tony Robinson OBE will be in Chesterfield to tell us what it’s really like to work for yourself. Marketers, bookkeepers, social media experts and lost of others will be on hand (along with folks who’ve recently started their own business) to offer […]

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Archive for April, 2010

Critical Realism in Action Group

Monday, April 26th, 2010

The next two CRAG workshops will be held in Leeds on 18 June and Cardiff on 8 September. They will debate how the differential foci of investigations have implications for research design, in terms of the staging of the research, types of data re

quired, the analytical strategy and the forms of induction used. Download the pdf for more information.

pdf Link – CRAG Workshops June and September 2010

Combining knowledge and skills in units of competence-based vocational qualifications in the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF)

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) commissioned the Qualifications and Curriculum Development Agency (QCDA) to develop guidance on ways in which knowledge and skills could be combined in units of qualifications in the Qualifications and Credit framework (QCF). Stratagia was commissioned to undertake the research and to develop the guidance in collaboration with QCDA.

Feedback from the sector suggested practice was varied and that the existing guidance did not provide adequate detail on this specific area of work. It was intended that the guidance would supplement existing QCDA guidance to contribute to the development of effective practice. An additional aim was to produce guidance that could reduce proliferation and inflation of units where this might occur unnecessarily through the separation of knowledge and skills. This report provides the evidence base for the guidance document that was produced following the research. Although both documents stand alone, and might prove interesting to different audiences, they are also dependent on one another for the content and each document is intended to provide a point of reference for the other.

Full report – Combining knowledge and skills in units of competence-based vocational qualifications in the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF)

Full report – Guidance on combining knowledge and skills in units of competence-based vocational qualifications in the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF)

QCDA – Unit Sampling Report March 2010

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

QCDA commissioned this work as part of the continuing process of monitoring the quality of units of assessment submitted to the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) national database. It is intended that the project will help to improve quality in the design of units by providing feedback to organisations on the units they have submitted. In doing this, the project focuses on the consistency, comparability and standardisation across the sampled units to assess the degree of confidence in the mutual recognition and transfer of credit within the national framework.  Full report – QCDA Unit Sampling Report March 2010