Public sector data analytics in four steps

27 May , 2018  

Four statements for data project - ODA Method

Nesta has recently completed the first draft of a Guide to Public Sector Data Analytics. Below is an extract of some of its content. I am indebted to my former colleagues Hilary Simpson and Nevena Dragicevic, whose ideas and wording have significantly informed this article. Public Sector Data Analytics in Four Steps Public sector organisations […]

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Tech Policy

10 Big Lessons on Government Innovation

10 Apr , 2018  

Government Innovation Lessons

Last week I spent some time reflecting on the lessons I feel I’ve learned from my Nesta colleagues, and from observing our activities in the field of government innovation. Below are ten that stand out to me. Which of them resonate with you? What would be on your list of lessons for governments and the […]



From analytics to AI: Where next for government use of data?

29 Mar , 2018  


The following article is based on a speech I gave on 22 March 2018 at the DataFest Summit in Edinburgh. For the last five years I’ve been talking to anyone who’d listen about the benefits of public sector organisations making smarter use of their own data. I emphasise the ‘of their own’ part, because the […]

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Think Tanks

How to think up creative new policy recommendations

11 Mar , 2018  

Think creatively about policy recommendations

Quality think tank policy recommendations are based on thorough research and analysis. Yet it’s still helpful for think tankers to have some mental prompts to encourage new ideas on how to tackle the problems or realise the opportunities that their research uncovers. To that end, in Chapter 3 of my book, Working for a Think […]

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Data, Tech Policy

10 principles for public sector use of algorithmic decision making

21 Feb , 2018  

Public sector use of AI

The rise of government AI A growing number of governments and public sector organisations are adopting artificial intelligence tools and techniques to assist with their activities. This ranges from traffic light management systems that speed emergency crews through congested city streets, to chatbots that intelligently answer queries on government websites. The application of AI that seems likely to cause […]


Data, Tech Policy

InformationDaily.TV working lunch interview on smart cities and IoT

20 Feb , 2018  

Eddie Copeland CLGTV

On 20th February I look part in this interview with InformationDaily.TV’s Connected Local Government Working Lunch programme. I was joined by Andy Bates of the Global Cyber Alliance in talking to Joe Tibbetts about smart places and IoT. Find me on Twitter

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Tech Policy

Interview: The cloud and digital government

22 Jan , 2018  


On 22 January 2018 I was interviewed by Russell Poole (RP), Managing Director of Equinix UK, about the role cloud computing may play in government innovation. The interview first appeared on the Equinix Blog. RP: What has been the challenge for public sector organisations when it comes to cloud adoption? EC: The era of austerity […]

Data, Tech Policy

Does the UK need a cohesive smart city strategy?

20 Dec , 2017  


This article was written for, and first appeared in, Public Sector Executive. For years the UK has had a slightly dysfunctional relationship with the term ‘smart city’. Much has been promised about how new technologies will positively transform our urban spaces. Becoming ‘smarter’ seems like an inherently good thing for cities to aspire to. But […]

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Data, Videos

Harnessing Data for Public Sector Innovation

22 Oct , 2017  

Eddie Copeland speaking to European Council of the Regions

On Friday 1 September 2017, I gave a speech on harnessing data for public sector innovation at the 177th meeting of the Bureau of the European Committee of the Regions, in Tallinn, Estonia. In this talk, I use the case study of the London Office of Data Analytics pilot to explain some of the lessons […]

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