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
DFID’s Innovation Hub team were faced with a challenge. They wanted to get ideas on poverty-related challenges from a broader range of people and understand those challenges from the perspective of the very people who were most affected by them. …
The neighbourhood planning project is about the people who live in those neighbourhoods being in charge of the planning process. That means they decide where new developments should go and what they should look like. The Department for Communities and …
In an example of Open Policy Making on a huge scale, almost 2 million people across 194 countries have been involved in defining the United Nation's (UN) Millennium Development Goals.
The Climate Change Act of 2008 committed the UK to cutting as much as 80% of greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 (relative to 1990 levels). The Department of Energy and Climate Change was tasked with looking at how the country should make the transition to a low-carbon economy.
The Government believes that deregulation is central to economic growth. Whitehall has used regulation to achieve policy outcomes, so deregulating signalled an ambitious change of approach.
On 24 January 70 Heads of Policy Profession and Digital Leaders met to share practical examples and experiences of Open Policy Making and to learn about some of the tools and techniques that can support an open approach to the policy process.
Faced with a large budget cut, Southwark Council chose a radical open approach to decide what to prioritise and how to run its services. The team started by trying to get a better idea what local residents wanted, as well as what was and was not working.
What is the best way to find new ideas to solve old problems? In the face of a huge unemployment problem across Europe, the European Commission wanted to attract the brightest minds to come up with new solutions. In 2012 they decided to try a competition to see what response they would get.
The Children and Young People’s Services commissioning team at Lambeth Council sought to test the coproduction and co-commissioning of services in collaboration with the New Economics Foundation and the Youth Offending Service.
The Civil Contingencies Secretariat in the Cabinet Office had to find a way to swiftly deliver messages to the public, alerting them to emergencies and providing information on what to do to stay safe. The team decided to trial different approaches.