The Carnegie UK Trust has recently published a paper 'The
Enabling State: From Rhetoric to Reality', a selection of case
studies of current practice of delivering services with an
'enabling approach' as part of its 'Enabling State' project led by
Carnegie Fellow, Sir John Elvidge.
The 'Enabling State' project is examining the changing
relationship between government and citizens in the UK and Ireland
and is looking for commonality across these jurisdictions.
In 2012 they published the first paper in this project, 'The
Enabling State: A discussion paper' and began to engage with
stakeholders through a series of roundtable discussions. What they
discovered was that despite a variation in language to describe the
change government services that is currently underway there is a
common aspiration to change from traditional 'top down' delivery of
services to a 'community led, community empowered bottom up'
To help understand these changes in more detail, a review of
policy and evidence was undertaken with their final report, 'The
Rise of the Enabling State' published earlier this year.
They have now published a collection of case studies from across
the UK and Ireland to showcase examples of public service
approaches that give citizens and communities more opportunity to
shape the services that they receive and to contribute to societal
These case studies highlighted the discernable shift in thinking
that is going on about how public services are delivered as well as
examining new ways of working to help clarify what is meant by the
They also identify some early learning which can be utilized as
a 'learning resource' for other councils to provide best practice
or ideas to support their own development of more community-focused
To read more about the 'Enabling State' project visit: http://www.carnegieuktrust.org.uk/changing-minds/people---place/enabling-state
To read the full case study report visit: http://www.carnegieuktrust.org.uk/CMSPages/GetFile.aspx?guid=09d03abb-9667-4419-8925-5d887c8a0621