UNESCO's Inclusive Policy Lab launched (3 May 2017)
UNESCO is delighted to announce the launch of its Inclusive Policy Lab.
The UNESCO Inclusive Policy Lab works on the emerging issues of knowledge crowdsourcing and its translation into inclusive and equity-weighted policies. The online service of the Lab is specifically designed to web-enable such processes. The aim is to support the implementation of the SDGs’ pillar on inclusive development through informed and joined-up policy frameworks.
The Lab serves all those working on inclusive policies – i.e., knowledge producers, decision- and policy-makers, civil society, and international and development actors. All can employ the online service in their own work to jointly further inclusive development and the associated policy frameworks across countries and sectors.
Research communities and knowledge producers can directly leverage the Lab. It will serve you as an e-platform to connect immediately with a wide and international community of inclusive policy practitioners, development actors and other knowledge producers. It will also allow you to share your data and research directly with those in need of them, to boost policy uptake of your findings, and to extract evidence generated by others. The following functionalities were designed to specifically support such work:
E-teams are online collaborative environments that enable group work and the co-production of joint products by those working on inclusive policies. They can be used as standalone online e-teams or combined with in-person work. Users can create as many e-teams as needed and/or join existing ones. By drawing on the e-teams, you can
- sustain group work throughout and beyond the lifespan of a project
- expand the coverage of your work to parties and participants who are not physically participating in it
- boost effectiveness and delivery
- increase visibility and dissemination of processes and results
Support System offers effective shortcuts that allow the know-how, the evidence and the advice on inclusive policies to circulate faster. The Support System serves users by
- connecting the demand for policy solutions some teams have with
- the supply of data and expertise you hold and seek to share
Inclusive Policy Markers are quality- and process-related safeguards to help operationalize, design and deliver more inclusive and equity-weighted policies. On the basis of the online tool, you can
- build capacity in the area of inclusive policies
- design a full-scale shared policy audit or review
- conduct an informal (DIY) policy assessment and weight policy options
- and diffuse policy solutions you hold