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Archive: 2015 (Public Policy Design Special Interest Group)

Tuesday, 27 Oct 2015
Mrs Louise Allison

The Sir Gareth Roberts Science Policy Lecture is held by the Science Council (of which the OR Society is a member body) every two years in honour of the organisation’s founding president. Speakers are invited to consider issues of policy and policy making that impact scientists and their application of science. It is free to attend.

Previous lectures have covered "Why Science Needs Ethics" (2013), the invaluable role of technicians (2011) and priorities for science in the 21st century (2009).

Can international policy be driven by politics, values and beliefs alone?

This year, Professor Anne Glover, former Chief Scientific Advisor to the President of the European Commission, will deliver a thought-provoking presentation for the Science Council’s Sir Gareth Roberts Science Policy Lecture 2015 on whether scientific evidence has a place in policy making in the 21st century.

Professor Glover has long experience of informing high-level policy decisions in a variety of settings, including British and European governments. The lecture will be followed by a question and answer session, chaired by Professor Sir Tom Blundell.

  • Venue: The Law Society, London
  • Date: Tuesday 3 November 2015
  • Time: 5.30pm Registration, 6pm Lecture, 7.15pm Drinks Reception

Drinks and refreshments included. The event will conclude by 9pm.

To book, go to

This event is not just for scientists; anyone with an interest in science and policy making is welcome.

Friday, 25 Sep 2015
Peter Miles

The Behavioural OR, Decision Analysis, Defence and Public Policy Design SIGs are holding a joint event focussed on 'Bridging the gap between analysis and implementation'. The aims for the event are to identify common success factors for the ready exploitation of analysis products and to identify knowledge gaps that should be addressed through research.

The morning session will comprise a number of short talks from a mix of OR academics and practitioners including Prof. Colin Eden (Strathclyde University), Mr. Peter Miles (Catalyze Consulting), Mr. Max Moullin (Sheffield Business School), Mr. Rob Solly (Dstl), Prof. Leroy White (Warwick University) and Dr. Mike Yearworth (University of Bristol).

The afternoon session will comprise two interactive workshops to identify (i) common success factors for the ready exploitation of analysis products and (ii) knowledge gaps that should be addressed through research.

Places are limited and so if you have not already registered for this event then please contact Peter Miles – petermiles(at) - no later than Thursday 8th October.

Venue: Dstl Portsdown West (PO17 6AD)
Date: Friday, 16 October 2015 at 10:00 - 16:00

Event Committee

POC: David Lowe - david.lowe(at)

Monday, 9 Feb 2015
Mrs Louise Allison

Further to the inaugural meeting of the OR Society PPD SIG, you may be interested in a forthcoming meeting of the System Dynamics Society.  Themed around public policy modelling and on 26-27 March 2015 at LSE, there are speakers from two of the PPD committee members.  The outline programme is:

  • Prof David Lane (Henley Business School -- Munro Review of child protection policy)
  • Geoff Mulgan (Nesta -- systemic innovation)
  • Ian Mitchell (BIS -- UK innovation and international benchmarking)
  • Prof Steve Keen (Kingston University -- macroeconomics and financial modelling)
  • Rian van Gulijk (Dutch MoJ --  public policy modelling)
  • Ben Ramalingam (Overseas Development Institute -- systems thinking in international development)

Please look at for further details.

Thursday, 5 Feb 2015
Robert Solly

Thanks so much to Cara Quinton for getting the web pages for the Public Policy Design Special Interest Group up and running! We now have space to store the outcomes of our various meetings, but also shared documents, plans etc in the document repository. At the moment Cara has given all committee members and sub-group leads write-access to the pages, but please let me know if you or others would like to post blogs or documents here too.

Cara has also set up our email list which all of you can use: Members can use this to contact all other members of the group, but please remember that this is a large list so don't over-use it! Please also note that if you are a member, Cara uses the email associated with your membership. If you want her to change that, please let Cara know on .

We are now making early arrangements for our next meeting in London in March. If you haven't recevied an invitation to a Doodle poll from Jean McLeod, please contact Jean at and we will see if we can find a time to suit as many as possible. In the meantime, please sign up for one of our sub-groups by contacting one of the three leads:

David Lowe ( will lead a sub-group to develop and promulgate good practice for OR, particularly to ensure that its recommendations are implemented

Ian Mitchell ( will lead a sub-group working with local government to apply OR to a local development plan

Rob Solly ( will lead a sub-group working to apply OR in the What Works centres, Behavioural Insights Team or Policy Lab work on cross-departmental and local/national issues

Many thanks in anticipation, and here's to a productive 2015!