Workshop key takeaways | Policymaking after shock

Workshop takeaways | Policymaking after shock is digital-ready – Are you ready?

Published on: 25/11/2020

Thank you!

On 17 November, we hosted a workshop as part of the Government After Shock event by OPSI about crisis-proof policymaking, the third webinar of our virtual breakfast series.

We were happy to welcome participants and speakers from around the globe to discuss innovative use cases of future-proof policymaking and digital-ready legislation. The discussion was very engaging and we learned a lot from our speakers and participants on innovative use cases and the lessons from the COVID-19 crisis on policymaking. 

At the heart of the workshop, we explored: 

  • How machine-readable and data-fueled law could help manage crises of the future? With Simon Hunt from Fraunhofer Fokus (Germany)
  • How data use could replace on-spot checks during the COVID crisis and beyond? With Evangelia Mourmoura, from DG AGRI (European Commission)
  • COVID19 rules in code – a demo of the Blawx tool, with Jason Morris from the SMU Centre for Computational Law (Canada)
  • ‘Semantics at your fingertips’: how Belgian municipalities create Linked Open data without additional effort? With Veronique Volders and Raf Buyle from the Flanders Region (Belgium) 

You are welcome to consult the workshop presentations as well below.

Key takeaways

As part of our discussion on the lessons learned from the current crisis for policymaking, the following elements were put forward: 

  • Governments should increase their willingness to experiment and to fail, in order to be more reactive and agile in policymaking.
  • We do not necessarily have to experiment with legislation, although we need to legislate quickly. The on-the-spot checks was a very nice example of creating the conditions that allows to legislate and adopt new technologies quickly for public service delivery, by moving in incremental steps and testing small solutions for big problems.
  • We should keep fostering digital-ready policymaking in a multidisciplinary manner and by breaking silos.
  • Tools allowing to work with social distancing actually break borders. For instance, instead of limiting ourselves to in-person conference and invite participants from one continent, here we are interacting and sharing practices with Canada, New Zealand, Singapore, etc.
  • How to mitigate the risks associated with dependence to technology, if we go completely paperless?
  • Innovative solutions need to happen via procurement and openness to the market, as it is not realistic for governments to develop by themselves solutions to all problems. In times of crisis, governments need to be particularly open and agile.
  • Investing in open source and open data is key to facilitate innovation and it also builds trust.

Do you agree? Feel free to continue the discussion in the comments below

Scroll through the key takeaways in this short presentation.

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