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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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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Tech Policy

How councils can develop a mindset for data

9 Sep , 2017  

Mindset for data

The following short article was written for the Local Government Chronicle. In recent years, a growing number of councils have been experimenting with using data to improve their services and decision making. What do we know about what it takes to succeed? Many other articles cover the mechanics of using data. Here, I want to […]

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Think Tanks

How to write policy recommendations that influence government

22 Aug , 2017  

Influence Westminster policy

There are over 120 think tanks in the UK. You can find their details here. A core goal of many of these organisations is to publish reports and make recommendations that influence government policy. With so many think tanks competing for attention, how can they write recommendations that have a chance of influencing real decision […]

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Data, Tech Policy

Central government: give councils a fighting chance to innovate

13 Aug , 2017  


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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