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The leading think tank working to make government more effective.

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  • Data Bites #19: Getting things done with data in government

    Data Bites #19: Getting things done with data in government

    07/05/2021 Duration: 01h17min

    Better use of data is key to more effective government. Across government, teams are doing fascinating work with data. But those projects don’t get the attention they deserve. At this month's event, the 19th in our series, the speakers presented their data projects in an exciting, quickfire format. Each set of speakers had eight minutes, followed by eight minutes of questions from the audience. This month's speakers were: Mark Green, Senior Lecturer in Health Geography at the University of Liverpool, on Local Data Spaces: helping local authorities tackle the Covid-19 pandemic Nick Bailey, Director of the Urban Big Data Centre, on the Urban Big Data Centre’s research Michaela Benzeval, Director of Understanding Society at the University of Essex, and Gemma Schwendel, Senior Analyst at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, on producing and using real time data about the impact of the pandemic on household income, and on the lives of low-income families Catherine Bromley, Deputy Director of Data Strategy and Infras

  • The future of UK digital government

    The future of UK digital government

    30/04/2021 Duration: 01h57s

    The Institute for Government was delighted to welcome the three newly appointed leaders of data, digital and technology in government. Paul Willmott, Chair of the Central Digital and Data Office, Joanna Davinson, Executive Director of the Central Digital and Data Office, and Tom Read, Chief Executive Officer of the Government Digital Service, was in conversation with Alex Thomas, Programme Director at the Institute for Government. The Central Data and Digital Office was established earlier this year, and its work will complement that of the Government Digital Service, which is approaching its tenth anniversary. The event explored Paul, Joanna and Tom’s visions for the next phase of digital delivery and transformation in government, and their respective priorities for the coming year.

  • Ambassador João Vale de Almeida: in conversation with Bronwen Maddox

    Ambassador João Vale de Almeida: in conversation with Bronwen Maddox

    28/04/2021 Duration: 46min

    The Institute for Government was delighted to welcome Ambassador João Vale de Almeida, the EU Ambassador to the UK. The start of the post-Brexit relationship between the UK and the EU has been marked by tensions over vaccine distribution and the Northern Ireland protocol. But these are also issues where close co-operation is needed. How should the UK and the EU work together to implement the Trade and Cooperation Agreement and the Northern Ireland protocol? What are the other areas of shared interest ahead of the G7 summit and United Nations climate conference? What can be done to improve relations between the EU and the UK post-Brexit? To discuss these questions and more, João Vale de Almeida was in conversation with Bronwen Maddox, Director of the Institute for Government. João Vale de Almeida previously served as the EU Ambassador to the United Nations 2015-19 and the EU Ambassador to the US 2010-14.

  • How to respond to a crisis: lessons from the Covid pandemic

    How to respond to a crisis: lessons from the Covid pandemic

    27/04/2021 Duration: 58min

    The coronavirus crisis has seen many organisations from many sectors work together in their responses. These include government departments, local authorities, NHS trusts, police forces, charities and community groups. But while there are many examples of successful collaboration and coordination, it has varied substantially in different parts of the country, and across and between national and local government. So what lessons can be learnt for future crises? Have some parts of national or local government responses worked more effectively than others? What is the cost of not getting this right? And what are the appropriate roles and responsibilities for different organisations in a crisis? Our panel to discuss these issues were: Mike Adamson, CEO of the British Red Cross Saffron Cordery, Deputy Chief Executive of NHS Providers Jacqui Smith, Chair of University Hospitals Birmingham and former Home Secretary Robin Tuddenham, CEO of Calderdale Council and Co-Chair of West Yorkshire Prepared The event was c

  • In conversation with Michael Russell MSP, Scotlands Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution

    In conversation with Michael Russell MSP, Scotland's Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution

    26/04/2021 Duration: 46min

    As part of our series of events in the run-up to the 2021 devolved and local elections, the Institute for Government was delighted to welcome Michael Russell MSP, Scotland's Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution, Europe and External Affairs. What are the key issues at stake in May's Scottish parliament election? What is the SNP strategy for securing and winning a second independence referendum? And how might the devolution settlement – and the relationship between Holyrood and Westminster – evolve over the coming years? Michael Russell was in conversation with Akash Paun, Senior Fellow at the Institute for Government. Michael Russell is the Member of the Scottish Parliament for Argyll and Bute, President of the Scottish National Party, and Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution, Europe and External Affairs.

  • Public services after the pandemic: how to scale up successful changes

    Public services after the pandemic: how to scale up successful changes

    22/04/2021 Duration: 58min

    From court hearings to GP appointments, education to social care, the coronavirus crisis has had a huge impact on the way public services are delivered. Years of innovation have taken place in a matter of months, with many of the most successful changes developed locally and by frontline staff. So what can central government do to embed, support and successfully scale up these new approaches in public services delivery? What tools does Whitehall need to facilitate transformational change across the public sector and how can the public sector collaborate with other sectors to achieve a shared goal? What role can recent changes play in the recovery from the pandemic? And what lessons can be learnt from the way changes have been introduced in response to the pandemic? On our panel to discuss these issues were: Lord Victor Adebowale, Chair of NHS Confederation Dr Henry Kippin, Director of Economic Growth at North of Tyne Combined Authority Kirsty McNeill, Executive Director of Policy, Advocacy and Campaigns at

  • Parliament and the pandemic: the legacy of Covid-19

    Parliament and the pandemic: the legacy of Covid-19

    20/04/2021 Duration: 01h03min

    The arrival of Covid-19 forced parliament to innovate rapidly and experiment with new ways of working. These had a dramatic impact on the way MPs and peers did their jobs – with implications for the effectiveness and inclusivity of our legislature. What innovations should be kept, what should be dropped and who should decide? This event brought together an expert panel to discuss these important questions. Tracey Crouch, MP for Chatham and Aylesford Matthew Hamlyn, Strategic Director, Chamber Business Team at House of Commons Philip Norton (Lord Norton of Louth), Professor of Government at the University of Hull and President of the Study of Parliament Group The event was chaired by Dr Hannah White OBE, Deputy Director of the Institute for Government.

  • How can the civil service develop the right skills?

    How can the civil service develop the right skills?

    20/04/2021 Duration: 01h01min

    Improving the skills of civil servants is an important part of the government’s civil service reform plans. Previous attempts at reform have had mixed success and demonstrated how hard it is to get the right people in the right jobs. The Institute for Government’s report looks at the skills that the civil service needs now and in the next few years. It makes recommendations for solving some of the problems preventing effective reform, including the conflicting priorities of departments and the centre of government. Benoit Guerin, Senior Researcher at the Institute for Government, presented key findings from the report. This was followed by a discussion between: Rupert McNeil, Government Chief People Officer Emily Miles, Chief Executive of the Food Standards Agency Max Tse, Executive Director at the National Audit Office. The event was chaired by Dr Hannah White, Deputy Director at the Institute for Government.

  • Moving ministers: what makes a good reshuffle?

    Moving ministers: what makes a good reshuffle?

    16/04/2021 Duration: 58min

    Boris Johnson’s priority was clear when he appointed his first cabinet in 2019: delivering Brexit. Now, months after the UK has left the Brexit transition period, and a year into a global pandemic, the prime minister is reportedly planning to reshuffle his ministerial team. What should the prime minister be looking for as he plans to reshuffle his cabinet? What lessons can be learnt from previous reshuffles? Who might we see in the next cabinet? And what is it like being a minister during a reshuffle? On the panel to discuss these questions were: Katy Balls, Deputy Political Editor at The Spectator Salma Shah, former Special Adviser to Sajid Javid Ben Riley-Smith, Political Editor at the Daily Telegraph The Rt Hon Lord Young of Cookham, former Leader of the House of Commons and Chief Whip The event was chaired by Tim Durrant, Associate Director at the Institute for Government.

  • Data Bites #18

    Data Bites #18

    12/04/2021 Duration: 01h21min

    Better use of data is key to more effective government. Across government, teams are doing fascinating work with data. But those projects don’t get the attention they deserve. At this month's event, the 18th in our series, the speakers presented their data projects in an exciting, quickfire format. Each set of speakers had eight minutes, followed by eight minutes of questions from the audience. Our speakers were: Matthew Gould, CEO at NHSX and Baroness Kate Rock, discussing 'Has Covid changed how government thinks about data?' Pamela Dow, Executive Director, Government Skills and Curriculum Unit in the Cabinet Office, on how Covid has helped the civil service rethink how data is used to make decisions. May-N Leow, Head of Local Digital Collaboration Unit at MHCLG, on levelling up the local government response to Covid with data. Doug Gurr, former CEO at Amazon UK, and government adviser, on the lessons government has learned about data in the past year and how we can build for the future. The event was ch

  • Global Britain and the G7: making a success of the June summit

    Global Britain and the G7: making a success of the June summit

    08/04/2021 Duration: 59min

    This is a crucial year for British foreign policy. The government has recently published its plans for ‘Global Britain’ in the Integrated Review for Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy. The UK holds the G7 presidency and, in June, the prime minister will host the leaders of the other G7 countries for a summit in Cornwall. The government has promised that the UK’s departure from the EU will allow Global Britain to flourish. But what does the integrated review mean for the UK’s place in the world? What can the UK achieve during its G7 presidency? How should the prime minister approach the G7 summit? The Institute for Government was delighted to bring together the following panel to discuss these issues: Chernor Bah, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Purposeful Elizabeth Dibble, Chief Operating Officer at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Sir David Lidington, Chair of the Royal United Services Institute and former Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister of State for Europe The event w

  • In conversation with Andrew RT Davies MS, Leader of the Welsh Conservatives

    In conversation with Andrew RT Davies MS, Leader of the Welsh Conservatives

    30/03/2021 Duration: 46min

    As part of a series of events we are holding in the run-up to the 2021 devolved and local elections, the Institute for Government was delighted to welcome Andrew RT Davies MS, Leader of the Welsh Conservative Group in the Senedd (Welsh Parliament). Andrew Davies was in conversation with Akash Paun, Senior Fellow at the Institute for Government, to discuss Welsh devolution, the 2021 election, relations between Cardiff and Westminster, and the future of the Union. Andrew RT Davies has been a Member of the Senedd since 2007. He was appointed Leader of the Welsh Conservatives in January 2021 having previously served as Leader from 2011 to 2018.

  • The role of technology in reaching net zero

    The role of technology in reaching net zero

    29/03/2021 Duration: 01h02min

    As part of a series of events we are holding in the run-up to the 2021 devolved and local elections, the Institute for Government is delighted to welcome Andrew RT Davies MS, Leader of the Welsh Conservative Group in the Senedd (Welsh Parliament). Andrew Davies will be in conversation with Akash Paun, Senior Fellow at the Institute for Government, to discuss Welsh devolution, the 2021 election, relations between Cardiff and Westminster, and the future of the Union. There will be the opportunity for questions from the audience throughout the event. Andrew RT Davies has been a Member of the Senedd since 2007. He was appointed Leader of the Welsh Conservatives in January 2021 having previously served as Leader from 2011 to 2018.

  • In conversation with Rebecca Evans MS, Welsh Minister for Finance

    In conversation with Rebecca Evans MS, Welsh Minister for Finance

    25/03/2021 Duration: 45min

    As part of our series of events in the run up to the 2021 devolved and local elections, the Institute for Government was delighted to welcome Rebecca Evans, Welsh Minister for Finance and Trefnydd (Leader of the House). Rebecca Evans was in conversation with Akash Paun, Senior Fellow at the Institute for Government, about Welsh devolution, the 2021 election, relations between Cardiff and Westminster, and the future of the Union. Rebecca Evans has been the Member of the Senedd for Gower since 2016, representing the Welsh Labour Party. She has served in a number of ministerial posts, including, since 2018, as Minister for Finance and Trefnydd (equivalent of the Leader of the House).

  • Industrial Strategy Council – annual report

    Industrial Strategy Council – annual report

    23/03/2021 Duration: 01h02min

    The Industrial Strategy Council updated on progress in implementing the 2017 Industrial Strategy, and the lessons that the annual report contains for the government’s new Plan for Growth. It also considered the lessons learned for industrial policy from the development of Covid vaccines over the past year. The panel included: Andy Haldane, Chair of the Industrial Strategy Council Dame Vivian Hunt, member of the Industrial Strategy Council and the Build Back Better Council Giles Wilkes, Senior Fellow at the Institute for Government This event was chaired by Dr Gemma Tetlow, Chief Economist at the Institute for Government.

  • How can governments combat the spread of misinformation?

    How can governments combat the spread of misinformation?

    22/03/2021 Duration: 59min

    The Covid-19 pandemic has fuelled a parallel “infodemic” of harmful misinformation about the virus and vaccines. This has highlighted the wider challenge for governments of combating the spread of misleading content on the internet and social media platforms. This Institute for Government event, held in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Research Council, explored the scale of the misinformation challenge facing the UK government and the policy approaches that government can take to address it. On our panel to discuss these issues were: Damian Collins MP, former Chair of the House of Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee Professor Peter Knight, Professor of American Studies at the University of Manchester and Principal Investigator on the AHRC’s ‘Infodemic: Combatting Covid-19 conspiracy theories' project Will Moy, Chief Executive of Full Fact Marianna Spring, specialist BBC reporter covering disinformation and social media The event was chaired by Jill Rutter, Senior Fellow at the Ins

  • Science After Coronavirus

    Science After Coronavirus

    19/03/2021 Duration: 01h02min

    Scientists around the world have played a central role in the last year, informing policy makers and the public throughout the pandemic. Under pressure they have adapted new ways of working, while the creation and deployment of vaccines could have far-reaching consequences for global scientific collaboration. At this event, we discussed the early lessons the science community should draw from the crisis. On the panel to discuss these issues were: Dr Rupert Lewis, Chief Science Policy Officer at The Royal Society Professor Peter Openshaw, Professor Experimental Medicine at Imperial College London (and Vice-chair of NERVTAG) Dr Beth Thompson, Head of UK & EU Policy and Advocacy at Wellcome Trust The event was chaired by Tom Sasse, Associate Director at the Institute for Government.

  • Rt Hon Jesse Norman MP: in conversation with Bronwen Maddox

    Rt Hon Jesse Norman MP: in conversation with Bronwen Maddox

    16/03/2021 Duration: 55min

    The Institute for Government was delighted to welcome the Rt Hon Jesse Norman MP, Financial Secretary to the Treasury. Following the publication of the National Infrastructure Strategy, this event explored the government’s plans to “transform” the UK’s infrastructure networks to drive the country’s post-pandemic recovery, make progress to reaching the net zero emissions target in 2050 and contribute to ‘levelling up’ the country. Jesse Norman was in conversation with Bronwen Maddox, Director of the Institute for Government. Jesse Norman has been the Financial Secretary to the Treasury since May 2019. Before that he was Minister of State at the Department for Transport from November 2018 to May 2019 and Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Transport from June 2017 to November 2018. He has been the MP for Hereford and South Herefordshire since 2010 and is the author of books on Adam Smith and Edmund Burke.

  • Arts and humanities research in the Covid-19 pandemic: how priorities have shifted

    Arts and humanities research in the Covid-19 pandemic: how priorities have shifted

    15/03/2021 Duration: 01h01min

    From ethics in healthcare policy, to the architecture of home-based working, to supporting the live music industry, arts and humanities research has made a big contribution to meeting policy challenges posed by the pandemic. One year on from the start of the pandemic, the Institute for Government, in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), was delighted to bring together a panel of researchers from across the arts and humanities to discuss the ways in which Covid-19 has changed their work and shifted their priorities. Arts and humanities research is at the forefront of efforts to understand the longer term social, cultural, and economic effects of the pandemic, as well as helping to shape a range of immediate policy responses. On our panel to discuss these issues were: Dr Adam Behr, Senior Lecturer in Contemporary and Popular Music at Newcastle University Dr Rebecca Brown, Career Development Fellow at the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics and Research Associate, Wadham Co

  • Procurement after Brexit: a keynote speech by Cabinet Office minister Lord Agnew

    Procurement after Brexit: a keynote speech by Cabinet Office minister Lord Agnew

    15/03/2021 Duration: 58min

    Lord Agnew, Minister of State at the Cabinet Office, made a keynote speech on the government’s proposals for post-Brexit rules on public sector procurement of goods, works and services. These include major changes to how contracts are awarded, transparency, review mechanisms and more. The speech was followed by a panel discussion on the opportunities and trade-offs of different approaches, what we can learn from other countries, and how new regulations can be implemented. In addition to Lord Agnew, the panel featured: Robert Breedon, Partner at Gowling WLG Sally Guyer, Global CEO of World Commerce and Contracting The event was chaired by Nick Davies, Programme Director at the Institute for Government. The Institute for Government is grateful to Gowling WLG for their support in staging this event.

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