IPPO Newsletter No 15: How Governments Use Intelligence, Tackling Misinformation & Future of City Centres
Welcome to the latest newsletter from the International Public Policy Observatory (IPPO).
Please join our upcoming events on mental health interventions at scale, how governments organised and used intelligence during the pandemic and strategies to tackle the negative effects of public health misinformation.
Mental Health and the Pandemic: What Interventions Can be Scaled Effectively to Meet Population-Level Mental Health Needs? (Thursday, November 17th: 11:00-12:00 GMT)
The pandemic triggered an increase in the incidences of mental health problems across the globe. It also revealed a need to identify what mental health service provision, available at population-level, is effective.
This event will discuss policy options based on a systematic review of international evidence to answer the following question: What are the most effective, scalable interventions to address anxiety and depression, shown to have surfaced during the COVID-19 pandemic?
IPPO Cities: Future of the City Centre (Thursday, November 17th: 15:00-16.30 GMT)
The city centre plays a fundamental and dynamic role in making the city a vibrant and liveable place but globally it is under immense and sustained pressures.
This collaborative event will help launch the Future of the City Centres Network book, and will feature contributions from:
- Jonathan Wallace, Board Director at planning and development consultancy, Lichfields
- Yingyin Wu, Policy Analyst in the Regional Development and Multi-level Governance Division of the OECD Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities
- Tom van Vuren, Regional Director for UK and Europe at Veitch Lister Consulting, a multi-disciplinary company specialising in transport planning, analytics and modelling, policy and economics.
- Sandra Guinand, Associate Professor at ESPI Bordeaux and Associate Researcher at Pantheon-Sorbonne University Paris
The event will be chaired by IPPO Cities, with discussants Prof Bob Giddings and Dr Robert Rogerson of the Future of City Centres Network.
Government Use of Intelligence for Decision Making During COVID-19 (Tuesday, December 6th, 13:00-14:00 GMT)
This event will mark 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 will provide valuable insights for policymakers and experts in government decisionmaking, learning from the COVID-19 pandemic to consider best practices for future crises.
During this event the research findings will be presented by the project lead Professor Sir Geoff Mulgan, and there will be opportunities to discuss the topic with the research team and other experts and stakeholders.
Debunk, Inform or Avoid? When might debunking be effective in communications aimed at countering vaccine-related misinformation? (Thursday, December 15th: 14:30-16:00 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?
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?
During this online roundtable, we will share and discuss key findings and recommendations from this rapid review with interested policymakers and practitioners.
There’s lots to read on IPPO’s website right now related to our research and policy work:
- Rosie Dow and Daisy Fancourt from the Social Biobehavioural Research Group discuss the social impact of the pandemic and how we were NOT all it in together.
- Learning Leader at the University of Melbourne & Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, Alison Giles-Kaye, highlights the challenges for teachers in Australia when supporting children’s mental health in primary schools, and the lessons for policymakers.
- Policy Manager and Mental Health First Aider for the NHS Confederation, Paula Lavis, reflects on how the pandemic has put intense strain on mental health support services, and what needs to change.
- Eddy Hogg, senior lecturer in social policy from the University of Kent discusses the findings of newly published co-authored book in his post: Lessons from the Pandemic: How Policymakers Can Best Support Volunteering
- Head of Research and Evaluation at Volunteer Scotland, Matthew Linning, discusses the implications of the cost of living crisis on volunteering and volunteers.