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1 [Policy workshop template] Creating the conditions for better policy making through the use of evidence Sharing, reflecting and learning from experience [insert date] Review of the science and engineering profession in the Civil Service – Annex G

2 Context In the context of Civil Service Reform, GO-Science is currently conducting a review of the science and engineering profession in government. In our scoping work we encountered the following issues: Supply - our people, their skills, expertise and careers Demand - future Civil Service needs Interface with other professions and opportunities for cross-profession learning We are pleased that colleagues from several professions are willing to work with us on this latter issue. So today we invite you to help us understand how to create the conditions for better policy through the use of evidence

3 Session Plan Designed around three questions Where are we now? How your organisation uses evidence to inform decision making (Systems, approaches, skills) Where do we need to be? Articulate some insights and critical analysis (Current gaps or challenges? How are we going to get there? Identify some improvement and development actions (individuals, team, department)

4 Session Structure Total = 1 Hour 30 minutes Part 1 – Introductory sequence 15 mins Part 2 – Group interaction (x2) 60 mins Part 3 - Stating issues to take forward 15 mins

5 Part 1 Introductory sequence Brief personal introductions and short statement of experience and / or perspective

6 Learning principles and ground rules Sharing personal experience is always powerful as a basis to learn from in a group Building on each other contributions and challenging respectfully keeps the conversation open and flowing The Chatham House Rule allows that each person is free to use information arising from this session but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed". We will (with permission) be recording conversations and may use anonymous quotes

7 Once the facts are clear Naïve view of evidence into policy The action is obvious

8 Now, what I want is, Facts. Teach these boys and girls nothing but Facts. Facts alone are wanted in life. Plant nothing else, and root out everything else. You can only form the minds of reasoning animals upon Facts.. nothing else will ever be of any service to them.. Stick to Facts, sir! Stick to the facts.. Thomas Gradgrind, the schoolmaster in Hard Times by Charles Dickens

9 …we need enough good science so we have the capacity to tackle a new problem, to react effectively to scientific breakthroughs however or wherever they may arise, and to capitalise on those breakthroughs via research programmes and business initiatives of our own. A more enabling Perspective.. David Willetts, Science Minister Science, Innovation and the Economy, Royal Institution, London 2010

10 Part 2 Group Conversation

11 Where are we now? In groups look at the postcards on your table. They consist of quotes taken from recent discussions with senior policy officials. Spend a few minutes discussing these with people at your table. Look at the ways of working blank chart and write on post-it notes : What is working well? Yellow post-its What are the challenges? Red post-its We will discuss the responses in plenary and build on them First Interaction Approx 30 mins

12 Views on handling evidence Effectiveness of integrated and multidisciplinary teams Interdisciplinary thinking is a challenge in itself Leading or convening and interdisciplinary exercise is a distinct skillset Evidence comes in many forms, and from many sources Risk communication is an important topic, with particular skills Policy makers work in an environment with strong here and now pressures Challenging an existing research programme for evidence can be difficult Judging the moment when you have enough evidence Getting better at sharing science with industry Handling counter-evidential political decisions Undervalued value of the generalist mentality [Stimulus material - Summary of key themes arising from recent discussions with senior policy colleagues, shared with participants on postcards]

13 Ways of workingKnowledge & skills Scientists and engineers Policy profession What is working well and what are the challenges? In my experience.. It seems to me.. From my perspective.... I think we need to..

14 Where do we need to be, and how? …..too often policy advice draws from too narrow a range of views and evidence……Open policy making will become the default. Civil Service Reform Plan Second interaction Approx 30 Mins Discuss what you think are the implications for the way evidence or expertise is used in your organisation? Elect a rapporteur and provide a short report-back.

15 The handout on of open policy making (taken from the Civil Service Reform Plan). You may want to focus on the following issues in your discussion Cross-boundary teams Transparency Real-world testing Iteration Civil Service Reform Plan

16 Civil Service Reform Plan 2012

17 Part 3 Issues to take forward

18 Plenary Conversation 15 mins What important points have arisen? What would you would like to explore further? What would a relevant learning agenda look like? What useful actions could be started soon? The four capability themes may be useful on the next slide

19 Ways of working Knowledge & skills Scientists and engineers Policy profession Evidence in the policy cycle Evidence stewardship Visibility, availability, flexibility, pace Communication with relevance and impact Example of output themes

20 Contact: Adrian Robertson Team GO Science: Linked-in Group: Government Science & Engineering Find out more


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