This roundtable, organised in partnership with the Institute for Government, will look at the barriers – political and practical - to more experimentation in government and explore measures to foster more experimentation. Nesta’s Chief Executive Geoff Mulgan will chair and kick-off the discussion among a small invited group of senior policy-makers, academics and practitioners.

This roundtable's aim is to focus on what we need to do to make experimentation a reality for government, issues include:

  • What are the barriers to experimental government and how can they be overcome?
  • What topics and areas of policy are best suited for experimentation? How far can it extend?
  • What - if anything - can we learn from the past or other countries?

This invitation-only session will be held under Chatham House Rule.

The roundtable will expand on the arguments raise in the Alliance's new publication 'Better Public Services Through Experimental Government' which argues that if we want effective public services, we need an experimental, learning government – robustly and systematically testing things out, measuring them and growing what works. In business, experimentation is commonplace. Google claims to have run 12,000 randomised experiments in just one year, with about 10 percent of these leading to business changes. Greater experimentation, as a way of meeting complex policy challenges, was also a theme in the Institute’s Programme for Effective Government. However, despite many people in government signing up to the principle of experimentation, its application so far has been relatively limited.

Tuesday 5th of May 2015
12:00pm - 2:00pm

Institute for Government

Speakers include

  • Geoff Mulgan, Chief Executive, Nesta