Innovating public policy

News – Heywood Foundation Public Policy Prize

The Heywood Foundation Public Policy Prize is now closed. We have been delighted by both the number of entries (1905) and by the diversity and quality of the thinking and would like to thank all those who have entered.

Our judging panel is now hard at work considering the entries. Our judges for the prize are Ed Balls, Damon Buffini, Roger Carr, Amika George, Michael Gove, David Halpern, Suzanne Heywood, Gus O’Donnell, Minouche Shafik, Mustafa Suleyman and Sharon White. Together they bring a wealth of experience and diversity of perspective to the substantial challenge of choosing our winners.

We hope to be able to announce our winners before the summer. We will send out details of our prize ceremony to all entrants and are provisionally scheduling this for July 1. This will be a virtual ceremony and we hope that this means that many people can join. We are also considering how best to share all the shortlisted entries so they can be used by government, academics, think tanks and others to help improve our country as we emerge from this pandemic. This will include sending all shortlisted entries to the relevant government departments and sharing them with some of our major academic partners.

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Our prize judging is now well underway

Thank you so much for all of your entries – we are delighted by the response to the competition and excited about the potential to use this prize, with your help, to innovate public policy.

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