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MoJ Policy Profession Conference 2017: Making Policy in this Parliament

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The theme of this year’s conference is Making Policy in this Parliament. It is a fascinating and vital time for policy making. Here in the Ministry of Justice we are driving major changes across a broad range of areas, at a time when the Government majority is reduced and ministerial expectations are high.

This means we need to be more sophisticated in the way we engage with Parliament and develop a stronger knowledge of the landscape in both Houses, including Select Committees. We also need to be creative in the way we drive change, exploring alternatives to legislation.

This year’s Policy Profession Conference will focus on how we better understand and engage with Parliament. It will also introduce us to techniques for understanding our users, engaging and working with the front line, and delivering change in new and innovative ways without the need for legislation. You will have the opportunity to hear from a range of speakers including senior policy makers and experts from the front line about how we can continue to deliver world class policy making in this challenging environment. We hope to have the Secretary of State address the conference.

The conference will of interest to policy professionals and those working with policy for example, those in Policy Delivery.

When you register, please choose your workshop. You have the opportunity to attend one workshop out of a choice of these 7:

1) How different data sources can improve frontline policy delivery (Data)

Ian Bickers has worked in the Prison Services for the last fourteen years latterly as Executive Governor at HMP Wandsworth delivering on Michael Gove’s agenda of automatous prisons. Ian is now working in Petty France improving the use of data across the Ministry and how it can improve outcomes for those using Courts, Tribunals, Prison Services and other elements of public facing MoJ services. Part of this work is to consider how we develop new and innovative ways to integrate data from all sources (including open data not usually and easily accessible to us) and how this will better inform policy development. For those of you interested in using social media to develop policy, Ian will explain how he has used Twitter and other open source data to gain feedback and improve front line and policy decisions.

2) Using Social finance options to help implement policy (Social finance)

Given the financial realities of central government, all policy makers are interested in the funding options to deliver their policy. In this workshop, Lisa Barrett MoJ Director for a Data Driven Department and Culture Change will demystify “social finance” and outline what you need to consider in exploring innovative finance solutions aligned with your policy areas. Andrew Levitt, from Bridges Ventures, will explain how social impact bonds are relevant in preventing offending and re-offending.

3) Applying Behavioural Insights to Policy Design (Nudge)

Why did a behavioural economist recently win a Nobel Prize, what is ‘Nudge’ and is it still in policy fashion? Karen Tan, Senior Behavioural Scientist at HMCTS, along with Elizabeth Castle (Head of the Behavioural Insights Unit at DfE), will explain behavioural science in theory and practice, highlight where it’s being used across government and help you identify opportunities for applying behavioural insights within your existing policy work.

4) Parliament, policy and digital – smarter tools to help you deliver policy in Parliament (Parliament)

Parliamentary and Legislation capability are critical skills for policy-makers, but they are particularly acute now that Parliament is so engaged with Brexit because of current parliamentary dynamics and the impact of Brexit on parliament. This is a big focus for the Secretary of State and are also priorities for any Minister, and so a crucial part of the service we offer. In this session Matt Byatt will introduce a range of tools, some familiar, some less so, that will give you a greater awareness of Parliamentary dynamics, make it easier to wade through the abundance of information to find what is relevant to your policy area, and offer practical support in demonstrating how to use them to the department’s advantage. Please bring your laptop.

5) How do you use user centre design in making policy ? (User-centred design)

By putting users at the heart of new policy development and adopting techniques such as prototyping, the Private Family Law Reform team has been able to explore opportunities to meet policy objectives without relying on legislation. In this session Kate Gregory Smith from the MoJ Private Family Law Reform Team and Jack Collier, Head of the MoJ User Centred Policy Design Group will show how you can take advantage of user-centred design tools and techniques and how they can help deliver value without the need for 'big bang’ system changes.

6) Focusing on Focus Groups (Focus groups)

Want to learn how to use a quick, tried and tested way to get insight from frontline staff and stakeholders? Mhairi Aylott from the MoJ Implementation Unit and Charlie Ogilvie from the Cabinet Office Implementation Unit will explain when and how to conduct an effective focus group to gain frontline insight to inform policy development. They will give you some practical hints and tips drawing on recent examples of IU Deep Dive projects.

7) Open Policy the Apolitical way (Open policy)

And finally Apolitical will outline their approach to Open Policy Making and how policy makers can make links to international examples, academic and online policy communities to reflect and draw on fresh policy ideas and incorporate them into our own policy development. Please bring your laptop.

Please register using your MoJ email address to secure your place. It is not open to the public - only Ministry of Justice staff and invited speakers.

Please note that The British Library Knowledge Centre where the conference is held is a separate building in front of the main British Library complex and is on the corner of Euston Road and Midland Road. The image above shows the entrance to the Knowledge Centre.

Email Moj_Policy_Profess@Justice.gov.uk if you have any queries.

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What if I realise later on I can't attend the conference?

If you realise that you can't attend the conference, please register for an Eventbrite account and cancel your ticket (preferably) and click on Cancel Order as soon as possible. If you have any difficulties with this please email Moj_Policy_Profess@Justice.gov.uk

Please do this even if you have found a colleague to take your place as we need to know who is attending (and who is not attending) and which workshop they would like to go to. If you have found a colleague to take your place, please ask them to register for the conference via:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/moj-policy-profession-conference-2017-making-policy-in-this-parliament-tickets-38050128960

What if I try to register and am put on the waiting list?

If there is a waiting list, we will release tickets as soon as we receive notice of any cancellations

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