IPPO Newsletter No.7: A blog to mark our first birthday, and three more events coming soon
Welcome to the latest newsletter from the International Public Policy Observatory (IPPO). This bulletin marks IPPO’s first birthday, and in a blog to celebrate, we discuss what we have learned so far about connecting policymakers with evidence during the pandemic – and the issues we still need to address in order to make a real difference.
We also have three more fascinating events scheduled for the first half of December. Whether you are a policymaker, a researcher or someone with frontline experience of the issues at stake, we’d be delighted if you can join us – see the registration links below. And if you have any questions or suggestions for IPPO, get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
IPPO one year on: are we making progress?
On the first anniversary of IPPO’s launch, IPPO’s Principal Investigator Professor Joanna Chataway and colleagues have written a blog asking: What have we learned about how to help policymakers make better-informed decisions?
The blog highlights four issues that have loomed large in our learning during IPPO’s first year:
- The need for ongoing iteration between evidence supply and policy demand as we develop and deliver each workstream within our broad policy topic areas.
- How far should we extend IPPO’s activities to ensure that research and evidence-informed policy advice gets implemented?
- The pros and cons emerging from IPPO’s wide-ranging remit to work across multiple policy issues.
- And finally, what does it mean for IPPO that narratives and story-telling are so important in achieving meaningful uptake of evidence?
If you have any comments or relevant experiences that you would like to share in relation to this blog, email us at email@example.com.
Meanwhile our Co-investigator, Professor Sir Geoff Mulgan, has written a paper on how governments should synthesise inputs from different disciplines and sources to guide their decisions, entitled: The Synthesis Gap: reducing the imbalance between advice and absorption in handling big challenges.
This paper draws on the first year of work by IPPO, collaborating with researchers and policymakers on how to respond to the many challenges of COVID-19, as well as the decades Geoff has spent working with governments around the world to improve strategic thinking and action.
But the issue of what makes a synthesis good is much broader, relevant to anyone interested in data and knowledge, or in the future of artificial and collective intelligence. The issues are also relevant to research teams seeking an understanding of complex phenomena (e.g. gang crime or public behaviour in recycling), to public inquiries making sense of thousands of inputs, or to cities seeking a shared vision of the future.
IPPO’s December events: sign up now!
Spanning the breadth of IPPO’s remit, we are hosting three virtual events in quick succession over the first half of December. Whether you are researching or making policy in these areas, or have insights based on your experiences during the pandemic, please register using the links below:
- Thursday 9 December (4-5pm GMT):
IPPO is gathering evidence on the importance of social capital and civil societies before, during and after COVID-19. Read more here: what role should social capital and civil society play in recovery plans? Then please bring your insights and experiences to our virtual roundtable on 9 December: register here.
- Monday 13 December (9-10am GMT):
This is the first event for our new IPPO Cities workstream, supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies. Organised in conjunction with the Melbourne Centre for Cities, this event will welcome city officials and experts from around the world to share their experiences and policy initiatives regarding how the use of urban space has changed during the pandemic. Whichever city you are based in, register now using this link.
- Tuesday 14 December (9-10am GMT):
People’s declining mental health and wellbeing due to COVID-19 and associated restrictions has been of major concern throughout the pandemic. But what are the best ways of tackling this major social challenge at a population, rather than individual, level? See this IPPO blog for more details about this workstream. If you are a policymaker or researcher working in this area, we’d like to hear from you at our virtual roundtable on 14 December: register here.
IPPO discusses the future of adult social care
Twenty-four hours after the UK Government published its new White Paper on adult social care reform, IPPO and our media partner The Conversation held a webinar to discuss the pros and cons of the White Paper – and more broadly, the future of adult social care in the UK. You can watch this fascinating discussion in full here.
We have also recently published two scans of international evidence relating to the challenges that adult social care currently faces:
- Care home visitor policies: a global scan of the latest strategies in countries with high vaccination rates
- Strategies to support social care workers during COVID-19: a global scan of responses to severe staffing challenges
These are the latest in IPPO’s series of global scans that we have carried out over the past year. If you have any requests for more international evidence, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.