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Policy Lab mission is to radically improve policy making through design, innovation and people-centred approaches.

Announcing the second year of MANIFEST: three new artists placed in policy teams

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Policy Lab provides an experimental environment for testing and evaluating new ways to make policy. In our ten-year history we have created space for designers, technologists, ethnographers and other novel practitioners, all with the aim to make policy more effective, …

Reflecting on 10 years of design, innovation and people-centred approaches in policy

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Policy Lab is turning 10! In this special anniversary blog we reflect on: 10 years of dedicated work to bring the best of innovation, experimentation, and alternative methods to policymaking; 10 years of listening to, learning from and collaborating with …

Launching the Lived Experience in Policymaking Guide: Reflections on the principles, behaviours, and mindsets that underpin lived experience work

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Lived experience refers to knowledge acquired through direct, first-hand and personal experience. In policymaking this usually involves people who experience a particular policy or issue in their daily lives.    Today, we are launching a short 'Lived Experience in Policymaking Guide’. …

Using experimental methods to reimagine decision-making for the freshwater system, post 2043

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How can we find and develop ideas that are truly different to the status quo? It’s a question that many policymakers ask themselves, either to seek new ways to improve policy outcomes or to plan for the unexpected. Typically, we …

Launching the Healthy System Indicators: A new way of relational working across local and national systems

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How do we know if we are healthy? What do we look out for? We have a regular temperature, we know our energy levels, our body doesn't ache. These are indicators of good health.   Much like the body, we can …

Introducing RegBox: using serious games in regulatory development

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Today Policy Lab is introducing RegBox – a toolkit enabling policymakers to convene stakeholders and work together to make decisions affecting regulation, using serious games. The toolkit will consist of game patterns for different use cases, a collection of case …