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Archive: February 2015 (Public Policy Design Special Interest Group)

Monday, 9 Feb 2015
Louise Orpin

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!