We were lucky enough to be involved in some great projects, and maintain this archive to share some of the examples and lessons from the first phase of social business implementation work

Case studies by sector

Case Studies in Public and Third Sector

RSA: User Centred Research

The RSA engaged Headshift to investigate the most significant characteristics and behaviours of their Fellows and Staff in relation to online and offline collaboration with, and among, RSA Fellows in order to inform the RSA’s emerging technology strategy. We worked using a user-centred design discovery approach, putting the capabilities and needs of end users at the… read full post

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Participle ‘Life’ Social Platform

Participle is a UK social enterprise, which aims to transform the way public services are designed and delivered to individuals and communities. In 2008, they started a programme called ‘Life’ to support and empower families in chronic crisis, helping them to develop their capabilities and build the type of lives they wanted to lead. Participle… read full post

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NHS South Central PCT Alliance

SCAN Collaborate is an online collaboration platform built on the Confluence enterprise wiki for the NHS South Central Primary Care Trust Alliance. The project was developed by Headshift and the South Central PCT Alliance to facilitate greater collaboration and support communication and knowledge sharing across Primary Care Trusts (PCTs), which are on the frontline of… read full post

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Compass is an independent democratic pressure group that campaigns and organises on behalf of its members, operating on the centre left of the political axis. The organisation wanted to challenge existing industry processes for policy formulation by opening up to their membership and actively encouraging participation. The 21st Century Policy competition allowed Compass’ members to… read full post

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The Big Green Challenge

A NESTA initiative, the Big Green Challenge is a competition designed to encourage and reward those who work together towards developing and implementing new approaches to CO2 emission reductions. The finalists compete for a prize fund of £1 million to help finance the development and exploitation of the most promising innovative ideas. The competition attracted… read full post

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Demos – Think Tank

Headshift transformed Demos’ former one-way information hub into a transparent collaborative network to engage the think tank’s target audience, as well as Demos employees. Creating Interaction and DiscussionBy developing a tool for project collaboration, ideas dissemination and relationship building, Headshift helped Demos reflect their core brand values of ‘interaction and discussion’.In doing so, the research… read full post

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Involve – People and Participation

Headshift built a wiki based publishing platform for Involve to easily update their research, case studies and methodology in the area of public participation. The platform introduced interactive functionality to the findings and also implemented a collaborative approach to their research and case study gathering process. The platform leveraged the knowledge base of interested communities… read full post

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