Foundational Intensive
Design & Innovation for Government


Designing policy experimentation, Christian Bason, 2016
How to identify, design, run and learn from innovative policy interventions.

On prototyping and putting something out there… Vsant Chari, 2017
The importance of prototyping in policy.

Applying design approaches to policy making: discovering policy lab, Lucy Kimbell, 2015
Insights into what design-based approaches bring to policy making.

Policy v5.127: Could government make services like Dyson makes vacuums?John Lappin, 2015
The need for design in government to refine policy.

Towards an experimental culture in government: reflections on and from practice, Geoff Mulgan, 2017
How to articulate the value of experimentation in government contexts.

i-teams: The teams and funds making innovation happen in governments around the world, Ruth Puttick, Philip Colligan, Peter Baeck, Nesta, 2014
Explore in-depth twenty innovation teams and funds from around the world.

The Alberta co-lab story, Alex Ryan, 2016
Redesigning the policy development process in government.

What is systemic design? Alex Ryan, 2016
Describing systemic design and how to apply it.

Learning from failure: Why large government policy initiatives have gone so badly wrong in the past and how the chances of success in the future can be improved, Peter Shergold, 2015
An independent review of Government processes for the development and implementation of large public programmes and projects.

Introduction to policy lab, UK Policy Lab, 2014
UK Policy Lab projects and activities to date and plans for the future.

Making design work in the public sector, Chris Vanstone, 2017
TACSI reflections on its work with governments across the country when applying design approaches in the public sector context.

The dangerous lure of ideas, Chris Vanstone, 2014
The benefit of co-design for policy and how it can be used to reduce risk.


Leading Public Design: Discovering human-centred governance, Christian Bason, 2017
A framework for understanding and learning an emerging management practice, leading public design.

Design for Policy, Christian Bason, 2016
The emergence of collaborative design approaches to innovation in public policy.

Convivial Toolbox: Generative research for the front end of design, Liz Sanders, Pieter Jan Stappers, 2013
Tools for generative design research.

Thinking in Systems: A primer, Donella H Meadows, 2008
How to develop the systems-thinking skills.