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 […]

Training for the New Behaviours

Recently I attended a module 1 training course for policy makers through Civil Service Learning. It was aimed at civil servants who are new to policy making through to ‘old hands’ who might benefit from a refresher or more formalised training. The group exercises were topical and lively (eg raising the legal age for alcohol […]

What I learnt at the Open and Collaborative policy making course

I recently attended a great course run by Civil Service Learning. The course covered new ways of thinking about policy development and was attended by colleagues from across government. As usual on courses, I learnt as much from the conversations as I did from the course content. In the days since, I’ve been mulling over […]

Building A Platform for Evidence Use in Local Government

I attended the “Informed Future” workstream at the 2012 Solace Summit, and whilst I won’t try to give a blow-by-blow account I want to share here some of the key things which emerged, for me.  There is a lot of hard work at many levels required before Local Government in general can be really effective in this […]

Does consultation work on principle?

Consultation is the most common way that Local and Central Government engages with the public. The International Association for Public Participation defines Consultation as “To obtain public feedback on analysis, alternatives and/or decisions”. My local council Haringey has listed 38 Consultations so far this year and I have seen estimates that Central Government runs somewhere […]