The Policy Lab at The University of Melbourne has been studying the rapid growth of public sector innovation labs around the world. These labs employ a range of social science and other methods and are seen as a mechanism for generating creative solutions to pressing policy problems. Yet little is known about the kinds of approaches and methods they are taking to policy problems, how they work with/in government departments, and whether they are having an impact on the policy system more broadly. With a grant from ANZSOG, we have surveyed more than 50 labs in Australia and New Zealand and are undertaking case studies of 5 of these during 2018. The Policy Lab will present the findings from this study, and run a facilitated session – together with some of our partners – on the implications of these new and rapidly spreading forms of organization for public policy.
Lunch will be provided.