Over the next two days, we are going to be in Brussels with the European Commission bringing together policy labs under the header of ‘Lab Connection. We’re excited to have been invited by the UK’s Policy Lab from the Cabinet Office.
Lab Connection is a first in its kind when it comes to gathering policy labs, EU policymakers and public authorities from across Europe.
It’s not just talks
The labs from across the EU are working together to look at and consider where labs best add value on societal challenges, and how.
I’m going to be supporting to facilitate some of the sessions over the day, focussing on young people and also digital rights/development in EU countries.
I’m interested to find out more about how policy and delivery can better work together to ensure a flow of insight from the frontline workers – including true autonomy with the frontline of our services and systems to re-design as we deliver. How can policy best serve this future idea?
We’re also going to be showcasing our collaborative lab, Systems Changers that we have been running with The Point People, commissioned by Lankelly Chase Foundation.
Systems Changers is a Networked Lab that connects the insights of frontline workers across the public and voluntary sector into policy-making. The Labs include frontline workers, their organisations (whether that be the NHS, Local Government or a local charity) and the people that access their services. Started in 2014 as a partnership between the Point People, Snook and Lankelly Chase, the programme was initially designed to ask:
Can, and how can, the insights of frontline workers influence systems change?
Now in its second year, the programme is focussed solely on the ‘how’. The network of frontline workers participating in Systems Changers is increasing with each new programme and a platform is being designed so insights from the frontline can continually feed into how services and systems are shaped.