Data, Tech Policy

Central government: give councils a fighting chance to innovate

13 Aug , 2017  

Experimentation

In a recent podcast interview, former No. 10 adviser, Steve Hilton, lamented that David Cameron never delivered a speech laying out to the public the need for experimentation in policy, and to accept that some initiatives might fail. I agree with Hilton’s sentiment: we need precisely that conversation. Politics and policymaking cannot and must not […]

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Think Tanks

UK Think Tanks, Mapped

31 Jul , 2017  

Map of UK Think Tanks - Eddie Copeland

NOTE: The think tank map and list below will be continuously updated based on readers’ feedback. Thank you to everyone who responded to my tweet with suggestions of other think tanks that should be added. There are now details of 112 organisations below, including important additions in Wales, Scotland and one for Northern Ireland. (I’m […]

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Data, Tech Policy

Eight ideas for tackling peak demand in public services

28 Jul , 2017  

Electricity Pylons

The peak demand problem How can government and public sector organisations operate with fewer resources and at lower cost while maintaining the same level of service?  Inspiration for one potential answer comes from the world of electricity production.  One of the major challenges for power generation is that demand for electricity is not steady. Instead […]

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Data, Tech Policy

How do organisations innovate?

5 Jul , 2017  

How to Innovate

On 5 July 2017 I gave the following informal talk to the UK energy regulator, Ofgem, on the subject “How to Innovate”. I used the session to share some of the thinking that Nesta applies when helping organisations to bring great ideas to life. The talk explores how organisations can approach making smarter use of […]

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Tech Policy

Why government innovation starts with people, not technology

25 Jun , 2017  

Government Innovation Smarter use of People

When it comes to Nesta’s work on government innovation, one of the core challenges that occupies our thoughts is how to help governments and the wider public sector respond to rising demand for services in the face of ever tighter budgets. We tend to think about potential solutions in terms of three core approaches: making […]

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Data, Videos

5 Lessons from piloting the London Office of Data Analytics

29 May , 2017   Video

Eddie Copeland Public Speaker

On 25 May 2017 I gave this keynote at the Strata Data Conference at London’s ExCel centre, to share lessons from the London Office of Data Analytics (LODA) pilot. The video above (and on YouTube) shows the first five minutes of the presentation. To view the full speech, you can sign up for a free […]

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Data, Tech Policy

What’s the future of personal data on the internet?

24 May , 2017  

Future of Personal Data

On 23 May 2017 I took part in this BBC Click Radio episode to talk about Nesta’s participation in a European Commission funded programme called Decode. The aim of Decode is to put individuals in control of whether they keep their personal data private or share it for the public good. The Project Coordinator Francesca […]

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Data

Connecting Data for Better Outcomes – GeoPlace Presentation

21 May , 2017  

Eddie Copeland GeoPlace 2017 Conference

Below is a recording and the full written transcript of a presentation I gave at the GeoPlace Annual Conference in Leeds on 11 May 2017. In the talk I explain why it’s essential for local authorities and public sector bodies to be able to link together their datasets for both place-based and person records, in […]

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Tech Policy

The UK Digital Strategy: big ambitions, small details

13 Apr , 2017  

What next for government policy on tech - Eddie Copeland

On 1st March the Government finally published its much-anticipated UK Digital Strategy. Its aim is to “create a world-leading digital economy that works for everyone”. That’s ambitious stuff. What should we make of its provisions for the public sector? On digital government, there are some noticeable and pleasing changes in language that address some of […]

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Tech Policy

Busting the hype cycle: 5 questions to ask about any new technology

27 Mar , 2017  

Wooden Robot

Anyone who has anything to do with the world of technology will be familiar with the hype cycle – first developed by Gartner. A new technology emerges. Experts tout it as the solution to all problems. Commentators buy into the excitement and echo it until it becomes common wisdom. It fails to meet those inflated […]

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Tech Policy

London Office of Data Analytics pilot – now for the hard part

3 Feb , 2017  

London Office of Data Analytics

For the past few months, Nesta has been working with the GLA, more than a dozen London boroughs, and data science specialists the ASI to develop an algorithm that predicts which of London’s many thousands of properties are unlicensed HMOs – “Houses in Multiple Occupation”. I outlined the rationale for the project in this interview […]

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