One of the things we have been experimenting with for some time is online collaboration and decision spaces.
Here are a few examples.
One of these was a project we did for the Scottish Parliament Finance Committee. They asked us to look at how public budget decisions were taken at regional government level in a number of other countries, to help inform improvements to the Scottish Parliaments processes. (they were already very different from the Westminster model of doing Budgets).
We used email and a very early version of Sharepoint (with a specially developed security front-end) to convene a project involving ourselves and researchers in 6 other countries. This enabled us to commission, conduct and report in just 4 months without the team ever meeting in person (although we mostly already knew each other from various international gatherings).
ESTONIAN SENIOR CIVIL SERVICE
Another project was for the Estonian Government and called the Policy Innovation Program (PIP).
In 2007 Colin Talbot ran a year long ‘Policy Innovation Program’ for the Estonian Government. This included a set of Policy Innovation Projects, run partly face-to-face and partly online. This brief note summarises the experience.
HOW TO RUN A POLICY LAB – THE PROCESS
Based on our research and experience so far, this is our “How To” Guide to running Policy Labs