Ethical considerations for government in social listening

There’s been a fair amount of discussion about the use of ‘social listening’ over the past few months, particularly surrounding the relationship between people’s use of Internet tools, the corresponding institutional capability through big data and advanced analytics to mine that usage, and the evolving privacy and ethical concerns. Social and ethical considerations move at […]

Here today, gone tomorrow?

Regular readers of this blog probably need little convincing about the importance of open policymaking and better consultation. This blog is itself a great example of learning-by-doing. And the resources being developed – in particular the frameworks for ideal policy team behaviours and the fledgling matrix should provide a practical toolkit for teams wanting to […]

Whatever happened to open government and open policy? A scorecard

After being elected Prime Minister in 2010 David Cameron committed the UK to having “the most open and transparent government in the world.” Alongside this, the Government’s civil service reform plan published last year promised to “make open policymaking the default”, recognising that Whitehall itself does not have a monopoly on expertise. Here’s a brief – inevitably partial […]

Whatever happened to open policy?

The Government’s civil service reform plan published last year promised to “make open policymaking the default”, recognising that Whitehall itself does not have a monopoly on expertise. The commitments set out in the plan included: – commissioning policy development from outside organisations such as think tanks; – crowdsourcing questions to shape the definition of the problem (not just […]

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 […]

Merry Christmas from the Cabinet Office Open Policy Making Team

Merry Christmas from the Open Policy Making Team! We are a relatively new team in the Cabinet Office, set up in response to the Civil Service Reform Plan to help improve policy-making capability in Government. So far, we’ve been doing more listening than talking: following the fascinating discussions in this space, elsewhere online, and having […]

Designing e-learning on open policy making- we need your help

Successful policy requires a good understanding of the political context in which policy is formulated; a strong evidence base and, an explicit focus on delivery. The policy profession, with Civil Service Learning, are developing a suite of learning sessions to support those in policy roles in the above areas. As part of this suite of […]

Inside Out: Does the way we work impact how we engage?

The  Civil Service Reform Plan (CSR) sets out a number of actions for implementation.  Earlier this week I attended a workshop organised by the Cabinet Office, to consider one of them (action 18): “Drive the culture and behaviours being sought through the new competence framework that sets out the behaviours civil servants need to demonstrate” […]

Consultation principles and open policy making: a view from Sciencewise

This post originally appeared on the Sciencewise Expert Resource Centre. The Government has recently launched a new set of Consultation Principles, which replaces the Code of Practice on Consultation from July 2008. Consultation is, of course, quite distinct from public dialogue. While the former typically engages people late in the policy-making process on often relatively technical […]

Calling Civil Servants: Open and Collaborative Policy Making Training Course

The Civil Service Reform plan and, open policy making in particular have sparked a lot of discussion both within and outside the Civil Service. I think these discussions are important and I’m really excited that more of them seem to be happening. Civil Service Learning (CSL) have put together some training courses on this topic, […]