We believe that the role of local government is crucial in creating and managing everyday places that work for everyone. To achieve this it must be well resourced with diverse, placemaking skills, and the right support to lead the way.
LOCAL GOVERNMENT RESOURCING: We believe that our built environment is where the symptoms, and solutions, to society’s most complex challenges are played out and one where the role of local government is often overlooked and under-resourced. But it is this very role, as a public sector officer, that has the agency to influence every aspect of our everyday environment and to plan for the longer term.
INTERDISCIPLINARY PLACE-BASED SKILLS: We know that communities are complex and that an interdisciplinary, place-based approach with a diversity of thought, experience and skills is required to tackle critical spatial issues of our time from housing inequality to climate justice.
LEADERSHIP & INNOVATION FROM WITHIN: We believe in working within the system to influence the decisions which have the greatest impact on places and people. By giving public sector officers the right tools, training and support to navigate the complexity of government, its systems and processes, local government can take leadership and make effective, wide-reaching positive changes for everyone.
Public Practice is a value-led organisation. Our values form the basis for how we create the culture of our organisation and how we design and deliver our services. They are:
EQUALITY, DIVERSITY, INCLUSION
Equality because everyone should have an equal opportunity and the freedom to make the most of their needs, ambitions and talents.
Diversity because different lived experiences bring a diversity of thought and are critical to solving societal inequality.
Inclusion because everyone should have the ability to access experiences, knowledge and opportunities fairly.
EXCELLENCE, ENTREPRENEURSHIP, PRAGMATISM
Excellence because it is important to aim to do the best we can do, in whatever we do.
Entrepreneurship because there are always new ideas and solutions to existing problems and new problems to solve.
Pragmatism because by being realistic and practical you get things done in practice and that doesn’t dampen ambition.
OPENNESS, TRUST, RESPECT
Openness because being transparent about what, how and why we do what we do enables trust and learning.
Trust because human relationships are important and by sharing power and supporting each other we make the best decisions.
Respect because no one person knows best or can make a change in a complex system as an individual.
Read our posts below to find out about how, as a small organisation, we work to embed our values in our own work
We deliver services to support the public sector build and develop their placemaking leadership capabilities.
We run a leading local authority job placement scheme, known as our Associate Programme. We place mid-career level built environment practitioners (Associates) looking for a career change, into public sector organisations (Authorities) looking for new skills and expertise.
For Authorities, we provide a cost-effective model to build the public sector’s capacity over the longer-term whilst helping to create unique place-based roles that look to deliver change on the ground.
For professionals currently in the private sector, we provide an attractive route into working for the public sector by providing a unique learning and development Programme and access to a cohort of peer support as they transition into a local authority environment.
AUTHORITY SURVEY: We utilise our network of public sector officers to conduct officer surveys to gather an accurate understanding of the skills needed and the recruitment challenges faced by local government officers.
SHARING PRACTICE: We publish Resources and host regular events to discuss and share the innovative work of public sector officers.
CAREER GUIDANCE & OUTREACH: We participate in events and develop content to help support diverse groups of students and built environment professionals understand their career opportunities within the public sector.
Public Practice is a not-for-profit company (limited by guarantee), founded in September 2017. All of the Directors are non-executives and they delegate day-to-day delivery to a team of eight employees.