SPRINT Policy: 19 May 2014

Find out what happened at our latest Open Policy Making event, co-hosted with the Government Digital Service. You can read more about what Open Policy Making is and what it looks like in practice on our new blog: https://openpolicy.blog.gov.uk/

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  1. On 19 May the Open Policy Making (OPM) Team and Government Digital Service (GDS) co-hosted an event where we shared practical examples of how departments are embedding OPM and showcased some of the latest tools and techniques to help the open policy-maker.  Below is a snapshot that we hope captures some of the energy and enthusiasm that was apparent on the day.
  2. The day was opened (and chaired throughout) by Olly Robins, Director General of Civil Service and Chris Wormald, Permanent Secretary at the Department for Education and Head of Policy Profession, who provoked the audience to think about why Open Policy Making is important and to move the conversation on from why should we do it, to how are we going to make sure that open approaches are part of the way we do things.
  3. An interactive session followed, where seven OPM exemplar departments together with our host NESTA presented in a speed dating style on how they are embedding OPM in their departments.  Their 60 second pitches were designed to entice the audience to find out more by attending their session.  You too can find out more via the presentations below.
  4. In the second half of the day, we heard from Paul Maltby, Cabinet Office Director for Open Data and Government Innovation on the future tools and techniques that could be of use to the open policy-maker.  Paul focussed on three themes: design; data and digital.  Presenters then focussed on these three areas.