Innovating public policy

Thank you to everyone who entered
 The Heywood Prize 2021

Over 1900 people shared their ideas for improving public policy with us.

Our judges for the prize (Ed Balls, Damon Buffini, Roger Carr, Amika George, Michael Gove, David Halpern, Suzanne Heywood, Gus O’Donnell, Minouche Shafik, Mustafa Suleyman and Sharon White) selected the most innovative, creative and impactful entries from those submitted.

On Thursday, 1st July we announced our winners. Please click “Winners and Runners-up” on the menu above to see who they were and to read about their ideas. Our judging process was done confidentially, with the names of the winners only being revealed after the process was complete. While we were pleased that our prize winners were of different genders, age groups and disabled backgrounds, we will continue to look for ways to be more inclusive of all diverse groups. We were delighted to be able to talk to some of the winners at our awards ceremony. If you would like to see a recording of the event, it is now available on YouTube: 

We are very grateful to everyone who entered our competition, to the huge team of people who volunteered their time to sift the entries, to our judges and to everyone else who made the awards possible.

We are now making the entries to our competition available to everyone. Click here to search our database of the top entries for the 2021 Heywood Foundation Prize or visit our download page to get categorized entries in PDF format. We will share all the top ideas with the relevant government departments and with academic institutions so that we can try to make sure that as many as possible are considered and implemented.

We are very grateful to Opinium Research for testing the public’s reaction to our the winning ideas.  You can find their report here which show that there is considerable interest in all the ideas, and in particular in the concept of an NHS reserve force.

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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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The Foundation was set up in the memory of Jeremy Heywood to promote innovation and diversity within the public sector

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