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 […]

European Parliament get social mauling

It was not a huge story, but the European Parliament came in for some stick from the Daily Telegraph the other day, for using social media monitoring tools to find out what people were saying about Europe. Obviously the EU is for media paranoia what catnip is for cats, but it’s a warning to policymakers […]

Engaging with academics: new GOS report

The Government Office for Science have just published a new report on improving open policymaking by engaging with academics. On a quick skim, it looks a good read. Scribd version below or download the PDF from BIS.   Government Office for Science report: Engaging with Academics by

New INLOGOV pamphlet on how community organising shapes public policy

This is a good read for policymakers who are thinking about on-the-ground delivery of their policies. (That’s everyone, right?) Community organising has a long tradition internationally. It offers a way for communities to recognise their common interests and mobilise to achieve change. Often their target is government, and their desire is to redress disadvantage by […]

EU policy evaluation should make greater use of interpretative, qualitative research methods.

A view on how policy evaluation should work in the EU, with lessons for how we do it in the UK as well, from the LSE. How should the EU’s policies be evaluated? Using the case of EU Cohesion Policy, Julian Hörner and Paul Stephenson outline some of the main theoretical principles that underline EU […]

Doing good policy-making at pace – could the ‘agile’ approach help?

It’s a much-observed fact that the policy environment often moves faster than the typical months-long (or even years-long) process that generates a published policy document, like a white paper. In this IFG evidence paper, a range of interviewees made clear that existing guidance and models of policy-making are too distant from real-world policy-making to be […]

Will the Government rethink its approach to consultation?

This project led by the Democratic Society on open policy making has been focusing on how to improve the mechanisms we use for consultation. While it might not have made (m)any headlines, a recent House of Lords report strongly challenged the Government’s new guidance on consultations and has confirmed the concerns of many organisations which have been following these developments closely. […]

YouTube, Budget Consultations, and how a great blogger made it better still

This post by Helen Reynolds originally appeared on the Digital Monmouthshire Blog. It started back in 2010 – our Cabinet Member for Finance, Phil Murphy, was keen to get more people engaged with proposals we were making to change our budget for the following year.  We decided it might be worth filming him talking about […]

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 […]