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Achieving carbon neutrality requires collective action involving businesses and residents and encouraging them to participate in local governance processes. The most immediate challenge to enable collaboration is to effectively communicate the multiple lines of actions and operational objectives. The Visual Action Plan gives a holistic overview helping public officers to collaborate internally and externally.
The Evaluation Task Force (ETF) ensures evidence and evaluation sits at the heart of UK government spending decisions - any area routinely highlighted for improvement. ETF activity drives continuous improvements in the way programmes are evaluated to inform decisions on whether they should be continued, expanded, modified or stopped. It brings the same approach to the social sciences as medicine uses, fostering a culture of experimentation, learning and rigour.
Traditional ways of regulating are not able to keep pace with technological disruption, shifting sectoral boundaries, new types of problems and the opportunities innovation can bring. The Regulatory Horizons Council (RHC) is an independent expert committee set up the UK Government that identifies the implications of technological innovation, and provides government with impartial, expert advice on the regulatory reform required to support its rapid and safe introduction.
Discovery as a Service (DaaS) enables successful delivery of UK Policing Technology through standardised and outcome based discoveries to provide evidence and overcome inconsistency in project initiation. By employing user centric thinking, agile delivery, innovation, and multi-disciplinary teams, DaaS ensures new national technology initiatives provide beneficial capabilities to UK Law Enforcement so they safeguard the UK public. This service is the first of its kind in the Home Office.
Safeguarding children at risk of abuse requires effective multiagency working throughout safeguarding agencies. Current arrangements have proved inadequate and have failed to deliver on the imperative for integrated working. The Moderator Proposition fully resolves these outstanding operational needs. Moderator employs AI technology, with an integrated organisational 'construct', to assemble a comprehensive 'picture of events' for conjoined working across agencies. It is an holistic innovation.
The Environment Agency has a responsibility to protect communities from flood and coastal risks. In the past, the agency has struggled to scale their public engagement and reach their diverse audiences, while also retaining a local relevance. Hello Lamp Post was brought on to provide an interactive, live 24/7 conversational channel to educate and inform the public on flood safety, in high-risk locations around the South West of England and Newcastle.
UK Government is investing in innovative public policy design expertise. Public policy design has been gathering momentum over the past 10 years. But 2022 was a landmark year for public policy design. For the first time, the UK’s government is sponsoring major networks that champion design as key for making policy and services that drive outstanding public value.
The rate of innovation often exceeds the speed at which regulatory systems can adapt, blurring lines between sectors and cutting across transitional regulatory and geographical boundaries. The RPF aims to keep the UK at the forefront of regulatory thinking and experimentation. It sponsors projects, led by regulators, aiming to help create a UK regulatory environment that encourages business innovation and investment. It is market-led and uses real-world innovation settings to deliver.
Intergenerational fairness—the idea that we should meet the needs of the present without compromising rights of future generations or citizens—is a defining theme of our time. Although most politicians and citizens value fairness, society does not have a way to assess the impact we’re having on future generations and advocate for them. This Framework for Intergenerational Fairness contributes to this. The Framework provides a pragmatic solution, whether as a young citizen, or public…
Government struggles to exploit advances in science and technology that could improve public services. The UK Home Office developed a new, cost-effective model to enable start-ups, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs), not-for-profits and academia to solve frontline challenges across UK government using diverse, cutting-edge capabilities and expertise. Uniquely, for UK public sector, it uses flexible, novel ways of working and commercial mechanisms to deliver mission impact at pace.