Policy Lab and the Social Investment & Finance Team asked MA students studying Service Design at the Royal College of Arts to grow the social investment market in new ways. This is what they came up with.
I'm now over half-way through my time in Policy Lab, on loan from the Treasury to learn, employ and ultimately bring back new and innovative policy approaches. During my time at the Treasury I've learned a lot, about how policy …
Cities can be excellent laboratories for innovating and developing new ideas. When Foresight asked cities about the challenges they were facing, retaining a high skilled labour pool emerged as a key issue. Using evidence on graduate mobility and productivity the Foresight team created a project between cities, universities, employers and national government departments to develop of five initiatives to help deliver local and national priorities of productivity and regional rebalancing.
For the last three years I have spent my time cycling in between Policy Lab in Westminster, the Government Digital Service in Holborn and London College of Communication in Elephant and Castle. I had decided that after 10 years in a fairly traditional civil service career path I wanted to do something more ‘creative’ and decided to do a part time Masters in Graphic Design.
I find it really hard to read a long report unless I’ve got a particular question to answer. So when Uscreates got people to go on an ‘evidence safari’ to explore evidence I thought “we should do more of that”!
One strand of the Open Policy Making agenda is about using a broader range of evidence to inform policy. For example the What Works centres were set up to enable policy officials to access research and make use of it …
The Work and Health Unit is looking at building the evidence base of what works in supporting disabled people and people with long term health conditions to get in and stay in work. Cat Drew travelled west to witness ‘experience prototyping’ in action with them.
The design journey of the Open Policy Making toolkit. Bringing digital and policy together.
After three years of leading the simply brilliant OPM team in the Cabinet Office, we are disbanding at the end of the year.
Four years after the Government Digital Service was established and 18 months after Policy Lab was set up, design is growing ever more visible in the work of civil servants. Should all policy makers actually be policy designers?