Building the Matrix: Is this the kind of thing you had in mind?

We’re planning to release a beta version of the Matrix early next month, so we really need your feedback on aspects of its functionality. Regular readers of this blog know that when the Matrix is mentioned here it’s not a reference to the film (even though the first in the trilogy was a brilliant breakthrough […]

Ideal Open Policy Team Behaviours: The results are in!

Well, they’ve been in for a while. Back in February, we asked policymakers, and others with an interest in policy making, to vote for the top ten behaviours that policy teams should adopt in order to make open policymaking a reality. About 80 people responded; while this is not a representative sample I do think […]

Networking Policy

In January, I attended the Masters of Networks event organised by Alberto Corttica of INSITE. The event brought together policy makers and network scientists. The aim was to see whether insights about the behaviour and nature of networks could help answer policy-related questions such as, “is it possible to track a democratic conversation across different online […]

Who should we be talking to?

The Ideal Open Policymaking Team voting exercise is still ongoing (it runs throughout January) but even at this stage, two behaviours which require greater engagement with ‘frontline’ colleagues i.e. civil servants who are directly engaged in the delivery of policy, have made it into the ‘top ten’ : understanding how the end-user interacts with a policy area in […]

Making participation a participation sport | Helpful Technology

This post by Steph Gray is an oldie but a goodie. It perfectly articulates the multi-faceted challenge we face in trying to open up policymaking. It’s a little sad that the scenario it describes is still so easily recognisable but by the end of it I’m left thinking, “OK, if it’s this one thing I […]

Explaining government policy on GOV.UK- helping to contextualise the policy making discussion

This post by my colleague, Janet Hughes got me thinking about how the way we explain policy impacts the extent to which people are willing and able to engage in meaningful discussions about it. Janet sets out some of the work the Government Digital Service (within the Cabinet Office) has been doing in this area […]

The role of Scientists, Experts & Academia in Open Policymaking

A lot of the discussion around open policymaking has tended to focus on engaging with new stakeholders i.e. those who have not traditionally participated in the policymaking process. But what impact might open policymaking have on the way policymakers have tended to engage with scientists, academia and other expert groups? Also, what role might these […]

The Matrix Reloaded: Building the database

In an earlier post I talked about the six outcomes that policy makers are working towards when engaging on or discussing policy with the public. In this post, I’d like to: explore the best way to map successful (or otherwise useful) case studies detailing consultation or digital engagement exercises to these six outcomes. explore the best […]

Case Study: Idea Street (DWP)

About the project: Platform designed to capture and develop ideas generated by DWP staff and where appropriate, convert them into meaningful set of projects that could be implemented. Idea Street has since been superseded by an updated platform. Idea Street was based on a SaaS-based platform delivered by Spigit and was delivered in 2 months. Two […]