So many books, so little time…
Chances are if you’ve met me I’ve recommended a book to you!
It’s also quite likely that I couldn’t quite remember the title or the name of the author and so you find yourself on my resources page. I hope you find what you’re looking for here, but if not do please pop me an e-mail and I’ll try to point you in the right direction. I’m also happy to take recommendations of things that you think should be added to this list.
Public Administration & Policy
How to Run a Government by Michael Barber
The entrepreneurial State: debunking public vs private sector myths by Mariana Mazzucato
A Practical Guide for Policy Analysis by Eugene Bardach
Evaluation for the Real World by Colin Palfrey, Paul Thomas and Ceri Phillips
Analysing Pubic Policy by Peter John
Administrative Behaviour by Herbert A. Simon
Real World Evaluation by Michael Bamberger, Jim Rugh and Linda Mabry
Using stories to shape public policy - a LSE blog based on work of academics Michael D. Jones and Deserai Crow
Move fast and fix things: how to be a Public Sector Entrepreneur - a fab report by the RSA.
Measuring the Good: Handbook - from the coalition for Efficiency and Volunteering Matters this is a guide for measuring social impact and organisational performance.
For more on the ‘standard’ Government approach in the UK – check out the Treasury’s recently republished guidance on policy development: The Green Book. (There are book of other colours too, Orange for Risk and Magenta for designing evaluation.
Government Outsourcing Playbook - with lots of useful insights for policy development & delivery.
Managing Complexity in the Public Services by Phil Haynes
Complexity: A very short introduction by John H. Holland
Complexity Theory & the Social Sciences by David Byrne & Gill Callaghan
Dealing with Dilemmas by Frank Buytendijk
The practice of systems leadership: being comfortable with chaos - a great report from the Kings Fund.
Complexity theory and the New Public Management - an article by Tim Blackman.
Scenario Planning, a field guide to the future by Woody Wade
Rethinking Public Strategy by Sean Lusk
Visual Strategy by Bryson, Ackermann and Eden
The Strategy Workout by Bernard Ross and Clare Segal
Strategic Thinking in Complex Problem Solving by Arnaud Chevallier
Managing for Happiness by Jurgen Appelo
Thrive by Richard Layard and David M. Clark
Happiness by Richard Layard
Flourish by Martin Seligman
10 Keys to Happier Living by Vanessa King
The Hidden Wealth of Nations by David Halpern
What Works Centre for Wellbeing - the very brilliant hub for all things evidence and wellbeing.
Policy Tools: How to measure wellbeing impacts and cost effectiveness - an online training resource from the wonderful folks at the What Works Centre for Wellbeing.
Action for Happiness - for some brilliant resources, including (my favourite) their Happy Calendar.