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Testing governance: the laboratory lives and methods of policy innovation labs

Ben Williamson Digital technologies and new practices of data analysis are increasingly playing a significant role in techniques of governance in sectors such as education as well as healthcare, urban management, and in government innovation and citizen engagement in government … Continue reading

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The digital methods and imagination of innovation labs

Ben Williamson Innovation labs have become a key focus for research emerging from the Code Acts in Education project. These labs are organizations that are becoming increasingly influential in the ways that problems in the public sector, such as in … Continue reading

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Programmable pedagogies of policy learning

Ben Williamson Recently, the growing global field of policy innovation labs, open policy making, and government labs has made ‘policy learning’ a key concern of government. A number of methodological toolkits to enable policymakers, civil servants and lab staff to … Continue reading

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The laboratory life of innovation labs

Ben Williamson New ‘labs’ for public, social, government and policy innovation have proliferated widely in recent years. Many of them seek to apply new technological solutions to identified problems. To date, though, little research has traced the ‘laboratory life’ inside … Continue reading

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Testing government: policy labs and political experimentation

Ben Williamson Public and social innovation labs are enjoying their moment in the political sun. Nesta’s Innovation Lab has become a key player in the global circulation of policy lab ideas, and a connective node in a variety of lab … Continue reading

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Educational data, digital policy instruments and policy labs

Ben Williamson The production and use of data in educational policy is a contentious issue. In recent years, massive international organizations such as the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and national governments alike have become key producers and … Continue reading

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