Innovating public policy

Heywood Prize 2022 Launches

The Heywood Prize 2022 is now live and accepting entries.  

With a closing date of the 31st December 2022, the Prize is seeking fresh proposals from all UK citizens who have innovative and impactful ideas with the potential to improve UK public policy.  Entries can be in audio, video or text formats and the winning ideas will receive the Foundation’s full backing for fast-tracking with UK government policymakers.

The competition is open to all ages, but this year The Heywood Foundation is particularly keen to encourage proposals from younger generations, be they groups (schools, youth groups, community groups) or individuals, via a number of dedicated prizes to be awarded to any winner under the age of 21. 

Last year’s top prize went to a proposal to establish an NHS Reserve Force, a reserve ‘army’ of medically qualified volunteers to support the UK’s health service, and especially in times of health emergencies. This idea was quickly shared with government and has since been implemented by NHS England. The NHS Reserve Programme, launched in March 2022, already has more than 4,100 reservists who are providing tens of thousands of hours of care in UK communities.

This is an amazing example of how our contestants can see their ideas rapidly translated into substantive policy and real-world actions that can change many people’s lives in the UK for the better” said Suzanne Heywood, Chair of the Heywood Foundation.

Another award-winning entry in 2021 proposed that the support disabled students receive in education be extended to help them find their first job on leaving higher education.  The Department for Work and Pensions is now piloting an Adjustments Passport to support a smoother transition into employment for the disabled and to raise awareness of Access to Work.

Suzanne Heywood added: “Building on the success of the inaugural Heywood Prize in 2021, in 2022 we also want to tap into the often unseen and unheard insights and creativity of our younger generations. Never has the need to bring their bold, new ways of thinking to the attention of policymakers been more important than it is today.”

To find out more details and enter the 2022 competition please click here.

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Our Prize Winning ideas

A territorial army for the NHS

Integrating Citizen’s Assemblies as a formal part of UK governing structures

Providing extra and a smoother transition support for disabled graduates seeking work

Can widespread adoption of online teaching provide a golden opportunity to address inequalities in education?

To see all our prize winners and their entries please click ‘Winners and Runners-up’ in the menu above

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