Policy Experimentation by Design
5. December 2016
In collaboration with the CBS Public-Private Platform the Danish Design Centre hosts a Policy Symposium with a select group of policy-makers, public managers and academics on the art and practice of systematic policy experimentation. This page contains readings and materials relevant to the theme of the symposium.
Rachel Cooper: How to Influence Government Innovation and Design Policies
Rachel Cooper is Distinguished Professor of Design Management and Policy at Lancaster University. Rachel is a Director of Imagination Lancaster, an open and exploratory design-led research centre conducting applied and theoretical research into people, products, places and their interactions, and also Chair of Lancaster institute for the Contemporary Arts. Rachel’s research interests cover: design thinking; design management; design policy; and across all sectors of industry, a specific interest in design for wellbeing and socially responsible design.
Anders Sørensen: Using Research to Create Impact at the Company Level
Anders Sørensen is a professor in economics at the Copenhagen Business School (CBS) and director for Centre for Economic and Business Research (CEBR). His fields of research are economic growth, human capital and innovation; including productivity and associated policy issues. His research is mainly focused on business data within the manufacturing sector and related sub-industries. He has published numerous scientific articles and has recently been editor on a special edition of the Nordic Economic Policy Review titled “Productivity and Competitiveness”.
Sune Knudsen: Business Innovation through Design Experiments
Sune Knudsen, COO of the Danish Design Centre, has the primary responsibility for the organisation’s internal life and organisational performance. Sune oversees the continuous development and implementation of the DDC’s strategy and ensures that the DDC’s projects and programmes are aligned. Sune is also responsible for ensuring that the DDC always has the necessary in-house competencies required to realise the strategy.
Taina Kulmala: Towards an Experimental Government
Taina Kulmala is Head of the Government Policy Analysis Unit, which produces support of the government’s work on the future, foresight and economic policy decision-making. One of the main tasks is coordinating the objectives of the state’s sectoral research in support of decision-making and being responsible for the government key project “Experimental Finland”. The Unit also serves as a secretariat for the Economic Council and the General Secretariat on Sustainable Development.
Albert Bravo-Biosca: Experimental Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Growth Policy
Albert Bravo-Biosca joined NESTA in 2007, and his work has since then been at the intersection of innovation, growth and finance. Prior to setting up the Innovation Growth Lab, he was senior economist and led two of NESTA’s major research programmes in this area, one exploring business growth dynamics and its drivers in the UK and internationally, the other examining the contribution of intangible assets to productivity growth. Among others, his research has also looked at the drivers of venture capital performance, the linkages between financial institutions and innovative performance, and the effectiveness of innovation policy.

Reading recommendations from our speakers:

Social science as a foundation for public policy
— John Jerrim & Robert de Vries

A new approach to innovation in the EU
— Christian Bason, CEO, Danish Design Centre

The experimental agenda in Finland
— Oskari Nokso-Koivisto & Tuuli Kaskinen, Kokeileva Suomi

A new institutional approach to innovation policy
— Sinclair Davidson & Jason Potts

Experimental innovation and growth policy
— Albert Bravo-Biosca, Innovation Growth Lab

Examples of experimental pilots
— Database from Innovation Growth Lab

The public value of university research
— Dr. Claire Donovan, School of Sociology, RSSS, ANU

The marketisation of research impact in the UK and Australia
— Jennifer Chubb & Richard Watermeyer