About policy lab
The policy lab is designed for policymakers and researchers whose work is to engage citizens, NGOs,
institutions and companies in policy. Inspired by the Design Thinking methodology, this bottom-up
approach helps to co-design policy recommendations with stakeholders in order to change their behaviours
and have an impact in everyday life. Built as 10 steps that be taken globally or separately,
this guideline is meant to be applicable to any country, any sector, with different focal points
to accommodate for local circumstances.
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Other step Overview
- Once the different factors and barriers have been identified, policymakers can map existing policies and interventions that are being used to encourage the target behaviour. An understanding of the policy landscape can be established within eight key categories: regulatory frameworks, planning& infrastructure, fiscal measures, service provision, communication & marketing, guidelines, collaboration platforms and business support schemes.
Desktop research can be particularly useful for policymakers wanting to map sector-specific policies. Another valuable exercise at this stage would be to interview industry stakeholders and other policymakers who have already implemented energy policy in other regions and countries. Inspiration could also come from innovative public sector supported mechanisms applied in other policy areas.
In the ENTRUST project, government schemes and other interventions designed to change people’s behaviour were mapped for each of the three priority sectors and in each of the six countries studied. The output of the policy mapping exercise was a set of top-down, hybrid and bottom-up policies and interventions, highlighting the gaps within existing policy instruments.