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What can innovation bring to place-based policymaking?

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A square plank of wood with a map of roads etched into it local to Stourbridge

Over the summer we visited Imagination Lancaster for a Design in Place Based Policy Workshop with inspiring colleagues from government and academia. We looked at what is meant by place-based policy, the types of tools and methods that could be used in designing policies for different places and the potential to work in partnership to innovate in place-based policymaking.

An independent review of children's social care: Appreciating the wider family context

Photo of a young child sitting carpeted floor playing with toys, taken from the eye level of the child. Child's face isn't shown.

For the independent review of children’s social care, we were asked to scratch beneath the surface, by looking at wider family contexts, to understand the impact of the system on the families who navigate it.

Launching our experimental policy design methods

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Picture showing a set of virtual cards which describe 11 experimental methods and approaches which Policy Lab think have the potential to shift how policy is developed, in radically different ways. The 11 cards are: superforcasting, serious games, legislative theatre, engaging through the metaverse, digital twins, bodystorming, moral imaginings, decentralised autonomous organisations, art in policy, citizen assemblies, regenerative design.

Design thinking continues to permeate our work, but over the last year, we have been scanning the horizon to identify the next wave of innovative methods that could improve the way policy is made, tested and delivered in order to de-risk interventions and make processes more effective.

Tools for climate policy: 2) systems mapping

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This is the second blog in a short series on methods that Policy Lab has experimented with in the context of addressing climate change. It focuses on systems mapping as featured in a collaboration between Policy Lab, UCL and stakeholders in the UK’s industry and building sectors.

Tools for climate policy: 1) co-design in parallel to COP26

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Photo of Policy Lab team preparing for their workshop at the Design Council's Design for Planet conference at the Victoria and Albert Museum in Dundee.

We are sharing a short blog series on different methodologies that Policy Lab has experimented with in the context of action to address climate change. This, the first blog, describes a policy co-design process we ran last month at the Design Council’s Design for Planet conference coinciding with COP26.

Crowdsourcing policy: how can collective intelligence improve policymaking?

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Improving outcomes through diversity of thought and experience

Today we launch a new Collective Intelligence Lab (CILab), a collaboration with the Policy Profession which has the potential to transform how policy is made. The CILab will be hosted by Policy Lab and sit alongside our other innovative approaches …