Late in 2013, I blogged on CoPaCC’s planned Thematics and Awards for 2014. At that time, I resolved that CoPaCC would produce around half a dozen objective, evidence-based Thematics each year, along the lines of our first Thematic late in 2013 on PCC Transparency.
Last month, CoPaCC published its second Thematic, on “PCCs and Public Engagement”. This followed an approach first aired on this blog, and refined based on comments I received.
We’re now planning to follow a very similar approach to the preparation of our next CoPaCC Thematic, which I can announce here will be on “PCCs and Innovation”. It’s relevant in this context that the Home Office has recently invited applications for the second round of its Police Innovation Fund: the completed applications need to be submitted by PCCs to the Home Office by the end of April 2014.
We expect there to be four main elements to our CoPaCC “PCCs and Innovation” Thematic, consisting of:
- ask OPCCs for their contributions (not a Freedom of Information request, just a simple invitation)
- ask key experts for their thoughts (I’d welcome thoughts on who any such “key experts” should be!)
- desk research (see below)
- Write the Thematic (and publish it)
Some “starter for ten” reference material on “PCCs and Innovation”(for the desk research)…
- Home Office “Police Innovation Fund 2014″ (First Round) [link] and successful bidders [link].
- Speech by Damian Green MP, Minister for Policing and Justice, to potential bidders for 2nd round funding [link]
- Finalise the methodology in the last week of April
- Requests to PCCs’ Offices in late April or early May, inviting response by the end of May
- Approaches to (and discussions with) key experts during May
- Write Thematic in late May and early June
- Publish Thematic during June
My expectation is that some OPCCs will, in responding to our request, wish to make use of the material they have prepared for their Home Office Innovation Fund applications. My aim is to minimise any potential burden on OPCCs in their responding to any invitation or request that CoPaCC might make of them: for this reason, I believe that the timing above is ideal in seeking to reduce any unnecessary workload.
Innovation Award criteria
Following CoPaCC’s previous two Thematics, CoPaCC has made a number of Awards to PCCs and their OPCC teams. Each time, we’ve quite rightly made sure that the selection criteria for these Awards are appropriate, fair and transparent.
There are particular challenges with identifying PCCs and OPCCs that merit an Innovation Award. For example: is the award to be only on the basis of innovation, or should there be some test to check whether the innovation has delivered any measurable benefit? Is a smaller, incremental innovation inherently less important than a major structural innovation? Should the awards be only for PCC (or OPCC) initiated innovations, or should force-initiated innovations supported by the PCC also be eligible? There are likely to be some real challenges here in deciding what merits an award, and what (perhaps this time) might not. We’re currently giving some thought as to how we address these challenges.
Your views welcomed (as always!)…
I’ve always found crowdsourcing a great way to improve on my initial thinking – and would again welcome and appreciate your views. What do you think about our provisional plans for CoPaCC’s third Thematic, on “PCCs and Innovation”? You can leave a “public domain” comment here, or contact me here.