Ever heard the term ‘data science’? Nearly 40% of the population have never heard about it, and over 20% have heard the term but don’t know what it means. But we’ve all probably experienced it in one way or another. So over the last 18 months, GDS has been working to develop an ethical framework for the use of data science in government so that people feel confident to innovate with and use data.
I’m off to speak at Open Data Manchester this evening about both how open data and open working can make better policy. I thought I’d share some of the tools we in Policy Lab use to help us think through …
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”!
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.
Foresight teamed up with Policy Lab to organise four workshops with government departments to co-create policy ideas to address an ageing population.
By 2040, 30% of the population are going to be over 60. Policy Lab and go-science explored new ways of quickly generating ideas to answer these demographic changes.
Since its birth in the mid-90s, agile methodology has become the star of the software development and project management world. Findcourses.co.uk lists 43 different agile courses available, 3M post-it notes sales are around £1 billion per year and ‘scrums’, ‘burn-downs’ …
I was really excited that Policy Lab was able to introduce another new technique into how Government engages the people in a debate about public policy. The subject was work in an ageing population (i.e. the number of older people …
Do you remember getting your National Insurance number? The red, blue and white card with the 9 characters across the front. How did you remember it? When did you use it? And how did it make you feel to receive …
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