It’s coming up to a year since I joined the Policy Lab team, after five years in policy and strategy roles across the Civil Service. I wanted to share some reflections on policy innovation - what I’ve learned, why it matters, and how policymakers can start to get to grips with it
Policy Lab is bringing new policy techniques to the departments across the civil service, helping design services around people’s experience, using data analytics and new digital tools.
In late February I tested Policy Lab’s new ‘Government as a System’ toolkit at the UK Policy Profession’s annual Policy Excellence Group. It was our first opportunity to expose Policy Lab’s latest tool for systems change with some of the most senior UK policy officials.
We’d like to begin the year by sharing some good news about our work with the DCMS Youth Policy Team and young people.
Today marks 75 years since Winston Churchill’s government set up the Council for Industrial Design, a new organisation to inspire confidence and promote design as a means to kick-start Britain's industrial post-war economy.
A little less 'policy', a little more 'lab'. We'll be quieter than usual for five weeks, here's why.
Meetings are a great way to bring people in, build consensus and seek challenge. But have we thought deeply enough about why we are having these meetings?
Open Justice is a very well established principle within our justice system, however new digital tools and approaches are creating new opportunities and potential challenges which necessitate significant rethinking on how open justice is delivered.
This is the second half of a two-part Lab Long Read on a recent collaborative project between Policy Lab and the Department for Transport (DfT) on the policy consultation process. The blog series is for those with a curiosity for how the policy consultation process works and are interested in new ways of analysing consultations.
This blog series is for those with a curiosity for how the policy consultation process works and are interested in new ways of analysing consultations.
Throughout my civil service career to date, I’ve often wondered why we don’t do more to listen to everyday experience. So I was intrigued to see a government team doing just this.