This paper sets out the priorities for our research, including a range of methods. We want to talk to people across the country to hear their everyday stories, and find out what it would take to relieve some of the strains they are under. We will also look at the latest thinking on key policy and the priorities for politics. Combined with rigorous analysis of the latest data and trends, we hope to generate new insights into the 'condition of Britain' today and identify the resources and energies in society which could be mobilised to improve society.
We will be inviting everyone to participate in the work through social media, a call for evidence, face-to-face discussions and visits to projects and organisations across the country. Throughout the year, the project will include a series of seminars, bringing together leading thinkers, analysts and practitioners, and we will publish briefing papers and essays with new thinking and analysis on the core social issues, with a final report at the end of 2013.
Snakes and ladders: Tackling precarity in social security and employment supportAcross the country, people are trying to make ends meet, build financial security and pursue their aspirations. But, in a vicious cycle of snakes and ladders, many are being pulled down into poverty.
Making markets: The City's role in industrial strategyTo tackle climate change, we need a significant increase in public and private capital investment.
Broken hearted: A spotlight paper on cardiovascular diseaseProgress on cardiovascular disease was a significant driver of better health and prosperity in the latter half of the 20th century, however progress has recently stalled – with indications it may be in reverse.