Government Innovation, Idea on a Page

New Operating Models for Local Government – Understanding the Variables

4 Nov , 2018  

IOAP - Variables for New Operating Models - Eddie Copeland

In my last blog, I posted some thoughts and the image below outlining six alternatives to a traditional, top down model of public services. We might call these “new operating models”. In this article, I’d like to dig a little deeper into the idea of new operating models, and discuss how public sector organisations – and […]

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Data, Government Innovation, Tech Policy

New technologies require a new mindset. Are public sector leaders ready?

25 Oct , 2018  

Rubix cube

This article first appeared in the The Times Raconteur Public Sector Technology Report. Being a public sector leader has never been an easy brief. But the last decade has surely tested even the toughest in the industry. With spiralling demand for services, rising expectations and significantly diminished budgets, leaders have faced a constant battle to […]

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Government Innovation

Designing Public Services for Mars

19 Oct , 2018  

Designing Public Services for Mars

Below is the text of my 2018 talk for FutureFest: Occupy Your Future, which took place on 6-7 July at London’s Tobacco Dock. The talk was designed as a thought experiment to reflect on Nesta’s work on new operating models for public services. Ladies and gents, our time has come! My name is Eddie Copeland, […]

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Government Innovation, Idea on a Page

Six alternatives to traditional top down public service delivery

1 Oct , 2018  

IOAP - Six alternatives to traditional top down public service delivery - Eddie Copeland

The UK local government sector has faced extraordinary financial challenges in recent years. The pressure to make further budget reductions remains intense. Many councils have made it this far by cutting back on their existing model of public service delivery – in some cases right to the bone. But what do they do when all […]

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Government Innovation

À quelles problématiques I’innovation doit-elle répondre?

29 Sep , 2018  

Innovation - Eddie Copeland

Below is the text of my speech (first in French, then in English) for the INNOVA’TER conference in Paris on 25 September 2018. On m’a demandé de me concentrer sur deux questions aujourd’hui : « Pourquoi I’innovation publique? » et « À quelles problématiques I’innovation doit-elle répondre? » La réponse à la première question est simple […]

Data, Idea on a Page, Tech Policy

10 Questions to ask when using AI in public sector algorithmic decision making

18 Sep , 2018  

IOAP - Questions to ask when using AI in public sector algorithmic decision making - Eddie Copeland

I’ve previously posted ideas for what might feature in a code of standards on this subject. Based on lots of your feedback, I turned that code into 20 questions, which I hoped might be more helpful to practitioners. I’ve previously blogged on why I think it’s necessary to ask any new questions at all. But I should have realised that […]

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Data, Idea on a Page

Can I address this problem / answer this question with data?

9 Sep , 2018  

IOAP - Can I address this problem with data - Eddie Copeland

Each week I publish a diagram, chart or list to explain an idea or concept as simply as possible. I call this series “Idea on a Page”. You can see the latest Idea on a Page and view the back catalogue here. The diagram below highlights four steps that I’ve found it useful to cycle through when […]

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Data

Why data sharing is hard and how to make it easier

2 Sep , 2018  

IOAP - Why data sharing is hard and how to make it easier - Eddie Copeland

Each week I publish a diagram, chart or list to explain an idea or concept as simply as possible. I call this series “Idea on a Page”. You can see the latest Idea on a Page and view the back catalogue here. The diagram below focuses on some of the most common barriers that prevent public sector […]

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Government Innovation

Why Governments Struggle to Innovate

27 May , 2018  

“Why can’t governments and public sector organisations just be more like the private sector?” This is a common question in the field of government innovation, and on the face of it it seems reasonable enough. After all, companies adopt new technologies to reshape and upheave entire industries. In recent memory, Amazon reinvented e-commerce; Facebook, the […]

Data

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 […]

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Data

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

29 Mar , 2018  

Datafest

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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