IPPO Events

Coming up: sign up now for IPPO’s online events and roundtables

A key element of IPPO’s work is hosting regular events featuring policymakers from across the UK as well as topic specialists, practitioners and other leading experts. Please find all public events on our YouTube channel here.

Navigating the Crisis: How Governments Used Intelligence for Decision-making During the Covid-19 Pandemic

Tuesday 6 December 2022 (1-2pm GMT)

This event marks the release of the International Public Policy Observatory’s report on how governments across the world used intelligence to make decisions during the pandemic. The report provides insights for policymakers and experts from examples of government use of intelligence across the world, from Taiwan and Korea to Estonia and Portugal, and makes recommendations for the future.

During this event, the research findings will be presented by the project lead Professor Sir Geoff Mulgan, followed by expert commentary from:

  • Ed Humpherson – UK Director General for Regulation, Office for Statistics Regulation
  • Paula Graciela Daza Narbona – who led Chile’s pandemic response as Undersecretary of Public Health and is Executive Director, Center for Public Policies in Innovation in Health (CIPS), Faculty of Government, Universidad Del Desarrollo
  • Dame Juliet Gerrard – New Zealand Prime Minister’s Chief Scientific Advisor, New Zealand
  • Dr Rob Orford, Chief Scientific Adviser for Health for NHS Wales.

There will be opportunities to ask questions of the research team and the panel.

The project has examined:

  • How governments used multiple forms of intelligence – including data, evidence, models, tacit knowledge, foresight, and creativity – to make decisions;
  • How intelligence was created, communicated, and used at regional, national, and international levels; and the capabilities, relationships, and innovations that enabled this;
  • How different – sometimes competing – forms of intelligence were effectively integrated and synthesised for decisionmaking.

The research drew on interviews with over 30 government officials and experts based in over 20 countries across the world, including two international roundtables. 

The final report will be made available to government decisionmakers across the world, to inform processes for intelligence use and support them with the complex challenges facing governments today.

Sign up for the Eventbrite for this event here.

IPPO Cities: How do Cities Cultivate Social Capital?

Thursday 8 December 2022 (3-4pm)

IPPO Cities final event of 2022 tackles the initiatives and interventions that cities can take to encourage and enhance social capital.

Our expert panel of city policymakers will discuss mechanisms to promote volunteering, mainstreaming social capital at a strategic level, the benefits of social action, and more.

For more information on this and other IPPO Cities activity, please e-mail jeremy-williams@ucl.ac.uk.. Sign up for the Eventbrite for this event here.

Debunk, Inform or Avoid? – When might Debunking be Effective in Communications Aimed at Countering Vaccine-related Misinformation?

Thursday 15 December 2022 (2:30pm – 4pm GMT)

During the pandemic, public health communicators faced a common challenge. How to ensure the spread of vaccine-related misinformation did not impede the vaccine roll-out and risk lives?

Largely, they relied on messages that aimed to foreground accurate information about vaccines in the minds of the public. Trusted ‘messengers’ were often called upon to deliver these messages, which were also carefully tailored to address the specific needs and concerns of local people and communities who were hesitant about vaccination.

Messages aimed at debunking, or myth-busting, misinformation about vaccines were rarely used, in line with government guidelines. Public health communicators had often considered debunking but usually decided against, due to uncertainty about when this might end up doing more harm than good.

Since July 2022, IPPO has been developing a rapid evidence review that will look at when debunking misinformation about vaccines is likely to be a better option than either providing accurate information only, or not responding, for:

  • Reducing people’s vaccine-related misinformation beliefs, or vaccine hesitancy.
  • Changing people’s attitudes to vaccines; and/or
  • Increasing people’s intentions to be vaccinated, or vaccine uptake?

Sign up for the Eventbrite for this event here.

For more information on any of IPPO’s workstreams, email us at ippo@ucl.ac.uk.


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