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  1. 1. BEHAVIOUR CHANGE, BIG SOCIETY & SMARTER SERVICES Sutton’s approach to transformation Inter Authorities Group February 2011 Daniel Ratchford - Strategic Director, Environment & Leisure
  2. 2. ENABLING ‘SMARTER CHOICES’ – SUTTON’S APPROACH TO BEHAVIOUR CHANGE
  3. 3. Smarter choices: policy context <ul><li>Local government has always had two distinct – yet overlapping – roles: (1) delivering services, and (2) shaping people’s choices </li></ul><ul><li>Recent decades have focused on (1); so much so, that many recent commentaries on ‘behaviour change’ mistakenly treat (2) as something entirely new </li></ul><ul><li>But in fact, government has always focused on behaviour change </li></ul><ul><li>The recent debate about behaviour change is fundamentally about a ‘tilting’ of government approaches: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>towards freedom, personalisation, and the right to choose </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>and away from top-down direction, uniformity, and coercion </li></ul></ul><ul><li>And there are some interesting policy choices to make in all of this </li></ul>
  4. 4. Smarter choices: policy context
  5. 5. Smarter choices: Sutton’s approach <ul><li>Sutton is widely recognised as a leader in the field of behaviour change </li></ul><ul><li>Our award-winning “ smarter choices ” programmes have provoked interest from around the world – especially Smarter Travel Sutton </li></ul><ul><li>But these are simply a refined and well-delivered example of a range of approaches that we have been using for a long time </li></ul><ul><li>We have learned some interesting lessons along the way </li></ul><ul><li>In particular, we think that behaviour change should focus on “more of the carrot, and less of the stick…” </li></ul><ul><li>Our approach is about working with our residents to enable them to make smarter choices about how they live their lives </li></ul>
  6. 6. Smarter choices: some examples In Sutton, we recognise that there is a wide scale of behaviour change approaches “ Carrots” “ Sticks” Events Community champions Physical changes One-to-ones Social advertising Peer pressure Education Financial incentives Making it easier Legislation Enforcement Fines Prosecution Naming and shaming Service changes Fees and charges
  7. 7. Smarter Travel Sutton <ul><li>Our most successful smarter choices initiative - a three-year, £5m behaviour change programme delivered in partnership with TfL </li></ul><ul><li>Working with residents to enable them to make better choices about their travel </li></ul><ul><li>Encouraging them to walk, cycle and use public transport more (and their cars less) </li></ul><ul><li>The benefits are: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>less congestion </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>lower carbon emissions </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>cheaper transport </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>better health </li></ul></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Smarter Travel Sutton <ul><li>There are already positive outcomes: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>a 6% reduction in car use </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>a 75% increase in cycling </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>a 16% increase in bus use </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>100% of schools covered by a school travel plan </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>16,000 employees covered by a workforce travel plan </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Smarter Travel Sutton is the best-recognised brand in the borough, and has already won a host of industry awards </li></ul><ul><li>We are learning lessons from Smarter Travel Sutton to apply in our other smarter choices programmes </li></ul>
  9. 9. Smarter Travel Sutton Smarter Travel Sutton is “more of the carrot, and less of the stick…” “ Carrots” “ Sticks” Events Community champions Physical changes One-to-ones Social advertising Peer pressure Education Financial incentives Making it easier Legislation Enforcement Fines Prosecution Naming and shaming Service changes Fees and charges
  10. 10. Ten lessons from Smarter Travel <ul><li>Be clear about the your objectives </li></ul><ul><li>Be transparent with residents </li></ul><ul><li>Segment your audience </li></ul><ul><li>Use a wide range of approaches </li></ul><ul><li>Find the movers and shakers in the population </li></ul><ul><li>Ensure you have the resources , time and commitment </li></ul><ul><li>Measure what works, and what doesn’t </li></ul><ul><li>Deliver in partnership with others, at a local level </li></ul><ul><li>Find ways of mainstreaming behaviour change </li></ul><ul><li>The most successful behaviour change campaigns aren’t about ‘tricking’ residents into doing things differently – they’re about working with them to enable them to make smarter choices </li></ul>
  11. 11. Smarter choices: other examples Our smarter choices initiatives give residents greater choice over their lives – and the ability to reassess some established habits and behaviours Choose to keep the streets clean… Choose to use SEN pick-up points… Choose to remain drug-free, and to stop smoking… Choose to eat more healthily… Choose to drive safely – or not at all… Choose to obey the law, and to report crime… Choose to behave more considerately… Choose to use your local shops… Choose to get involved in culture… Choose to take more exercise… Choose to access services over the web… Choose to try not to spread the flu… Choose to walk to school sometimes… Choose your own care package… Choose when you want to get pregnant… Choose to reduce, re-use and recycle… Choose to produce less carbon… Choose to learn… Choose to drink less alcohol… Please choose not to let your dog foul…
  12. 12. Smarter choices: Sutton’s approach
  13. 13. ‘ TAKE PART, TAKE PRIDE’ – BUILDING THE BIGGER SOCIETY IN SUTTON
  14. 14. Take part, take pride: context <ul><li>Sutton has an active voluntary and community sector, and a wealth of clubs, societies and associations </li></ul><ul><li>“ Helping people to help themselves” has been part of Sutton’s philosophy for decades </li></ul><ul><li>“ Take Part, Take Pride” has become part of our branding, and is celebrated as a major festival in Sutton every year </li></ul><ul><li>So the emerging themes of the Big Society are not new to us, and are evident in many areas of our work </li></ul><ul><li>For these reasons, Sutton agreed to become a vanguard area for the Big Society </li></ul>
  15. 15. Take part, take pride: projects <ul><li>Big Society thinking and approaches are evident in many areas of our work </li></ul><ul><li>But as part of our vanguard status, we have agreed four particular ‘signature projects’ with government: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>traffic and transport </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>the Sutton Life Centre </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>community champions </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>local health </li></ul></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Take part, take pride: projects <ul><li>Big Society thinking and approaches are evident in many areas of our work </li></ul><ul><li>But as part of our vanguard status, we have agreed four particular ‘signature projects’ with government: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>traffic and transport </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>the Sutton Life Centre </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>community champions </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>local health </li></ul></ul></ul>Giving people greater power over traffic and transport schemes in their communities – from bus services and trains, to speed humps and yellow lines
  17. 17. Take part, take pride: projects <ul><li>Big Society thinking and approaches are evident in many areas of our work </li></ul><ul><li>But as part of our vanguard status, we have agreed four particular ‘signature projects’ with government: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>traffic and transport </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>the Sutton Life Centre </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>community champions </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>local health </li></ul></ul></ul>Using our recently opened state-of-the-art interactive citizenship centre to encourage our younger people to make smarter choices about their lives, and to take a lead role in their local community
  18. 18. Take part, take pride: projects
  19. 19. Take part, take pride: projects
  20. 20. Take part, take pride: projects
  21. 21. Take part, take pride: projects
  22. 22. Take part, take pride: projects <ul><li>Big Society thinking and approaches are evident in many areas of our work </li></ul><ul><li>But as part of our vanguard status, we have agreed four particular ‘signature projects’ with government: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>traffic and transport </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>the Sutton Life Centre </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>community champions </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>local health </li></ul></ul></ul>Working with residents in Hackbridge to develop the first UK eco-suburb – using retrofit, behaviour change, and neighbourhood planning
  23. 23. Take part, take pride: projects <ul><li>Big Society thinking and approaches are evident in many areas of our work </li></ul><ul><li>But as part of our vanguard status, we have agreed four particular ‘signature projects’ with government: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>traffic and transport </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>the Sutton Life Centre </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>community champions </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>local health </li></ul></ul></ul>Making health services in Sutton truly local, through the early adoption of key elements of the NHS White Paper
  24. 24. Take part, take pride: themes <ul><li>None of our work on Big Society is about starting from scratch, or about delivering new sets of services </li></ul><ul><li>Rather, it’s about looking at what we do, and how we do it, through a new lens </li></ul><ul><li>There are six common themes underlying our work on Big Society : </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>behaviour change </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>devolving decision-making </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>closer collaboration with voluntary and private sectors </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>cutting red tape </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>new models of service delivery </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>openness and transparency </li></ul></ul></ul>
  25. 25. Take part, take pride: Mr P “ I was excited to read that Sutton has been chosen by the coalition government to be one of several places where the Big Society project begins. To this end I would like to volunteer my services to improve my community and to save the council money that could be better spent elsewhere. I am a keen gardener and I have always felt that our environment has a direct bearing on the way we feel and the way we act… I would like to “adopt” the gardens in front of Wallington Library, the grounds around Orchard Hill College and the raised beds on the Shotfield car park site… All I ask in return is that the council workers do not come along and wreck what has been planted out of ignorance. I would be interested to hear what you think about my proposal. The Big Society idea excites me because now is our chance to make a meaningful contribution to this town and to change it into the place we would wish it to be. I think people long for bold ideas instead of mediocrity and want their local authorities to be braver about delivering them.”
  26. 26. Take part, take pride
  27. 27. SMARTER SERVICES SUTTON – A PRINCIPLED APPROACH TO BUDGET REDUCTION
  28. 28. Smarter Services Sutton: context <ul><li>Sutton needs to reduce its net expenditure by about 25% over the next few years </li></ul><ul><li>Smarter Services Sutton is the transformation programme we’ve put in place to tackle this, and we started it 18 months ago </li></ul><ul><li>Our aspiration is to do three things simultaneously: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>to transform services </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>to cut costs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>to maintain resident satisfaction </li></ul></ul><ul><li>We’re doing this through a series of service-based reviews, that will cover the whole council over a three-year period </li></ul><ul><li>So far, our reviews are exceeding their financial savings targets </li></ul>
  29. 29. Smarter Services Sutton principles <ul><li>There are six principles that form the structure to each of our Smarter Services Sutton reviews: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>personalisation, choice and behaviour change </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>meeting customer needs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>partnerships </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>affordable management overhead </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>risk management </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>leadership behaviours </li></ul></ul><ul><li>We are about a quarter of the way through our reviews, and are ahead of target on savings </li></ul>
  30. 30. SOME CONCLUSIONS
  31. 31. Conclusions and advice <ul><li>Be true to local principles and local political priorities </li></ul><ul><li>Build strong foundations of community engagement, community empowerment and devolution </li></ul><ul><li>Be honest and frank in communication with residents </li></ul><ul><li>Look outside the normal constraints of service delivery; and examine what you do through new lenses where possible </li></ul>
  32. 32. [email_address] www.twitter.com/danielratchford #behaviourchange www.sutton.gov.uk

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