What is the difference that Policy Lab’s approach makes to policy making?
1 What the Lab approach is/does
Lab’s approach problematises policy making – it’s not just exploring new tools, techniques and new data. Policy Lab connects/reassembles/tweens actualities and potentialities, problems and solutions, thinking and doing, inside and outside.
The key characteristics of this approach are that it is based in:
- Abductive discovery, through which insights, guesses, framings and concepts emerge eg ethnographic research, co-design, prototyping in the fuzzy front end of policy making.
- Collective inquiry – through which problems and solutions co-evolve, which is participatory, and through which constituents of an issue are identified and recognised, and solutions are tested eg prototyping.
- Recombining experiences, resources and policies – the constituents of an issue – into new (temporary) configurations.
2 What Lab approach results in – its impact which we can seek proxy measures for
Project level – Relating to the policy area
- New insights, guesses, framings
- Plausible concepts for artifact-experience bundles
- Prototyped proofs of concept – “proto policies”
- An issue team/public engaged in a collective inquiry engaging with a more ordered problem
Capabilities in within the policy profession and wider ecosystem
- Reordered relations between actors in an issue (inside and outside an issue)
- Reordered relations between actors and evidence
- Reordered timings
- Ability to set up and participate effectively in collective inquiries and early-stage abductive exploration
- Awareness of the interdependencies between experiences, resources and policies