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As times go by, the challenges that the world is facing grow more complex: technological transitions, worldwide geopolitical earthquakes, climate changes and pandemics. Countries are looking for policy-making approaches – one particular approach is a Policy Lab.

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Policy Canvas

Policy Canvas means a policy tool that shows major elements of a policy. It is typically one-page long, strictly focusing on key concepts instead of comprehensive details. A policy canvas is meant to be revised and iterated in various versions as a concept or an idea is tested with users over time.


A policy canvas is a tool that increases agility and leanness of a policy cycle process, as it specifically draws attention to a handful of relevant factors in policy-making. For example, the government of Rwanda uses it to sketch out a National Broadband Policy, a strategic plan intended to boost the country’s knowledge-based economy by 2050. The core components of this policy canvas consists of beneficiaries, stakeholders, context, process and partners, investment, risks, timing, and overall input. 

As the strategic plan is put through the ideation stage, information under each column is updated according to the results of each test. In this way, policymakers will not lose sight of the bigger picture of policies in making and see the evolution of their concept in real time.

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Revitalise means a strategic decision to improve the quality of life in underserved or disadvantaged communities with a set of multidimensional urban developments, such as environmental restoration, rebuilding of the local economy, expansion of cultural and recreational facilities, or provision of social safety net.


Targeted, neighbourhood-based investments are crucial in keeping locality alive. For example, the pandemic not only unleashes waves of national public health crisis, but also debilitating effects on the local economy and the overall wellbeing of the local communities. To cope with precarious development, Hennepin County, Minnesota, decides to request funding for neighbourhood development, creating a space for the community, the commercial sector, and nonprofit use that preserves and creates almost 800 jobs. 

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Co-create means an approach to develop solutions with people in a democratic and horizontal setting, instead of relying on a top-down policy process where only experts are consulted and their opinions prioritised. Co-creation is a participatory process that fundamentally alters the relationship between the public sector and other stakeholders, notably the public, as all parties are on an equal footing and take part in policy-making in an open and transparent manner.


The top-down approach to policy-making separates policy beneficiaries from policymakers. As a result, people do not feel connected to policies or tools originally intended to serve them. To bridge the gulf between the public sector and people, it is crucial to provide a space that brings all stakeholders to collaborate with one another on policy design. For example, the EU Policy Lab engages people and other stakeholders in addressing important policy issues. With insights drawn directly from future policy beneficiaries, together they create tailor-made frameworks for formulating and experimenting with different policies.

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Breakthrough means a significant advancement in reaching the Sustainable Development Goals, which include socio-economic and environmental sustainability, equity, and the total eradication of poverty. Breakthrough solutions can come in many different forms, ranging from local initiatives to Integrated National Financing Frameworks (INFFs).


Creating a society where no one is left behind is the beating heart of human-centred policy-making, and to arrive at that scenario requires a wide range of solutions. For example, the municipality of Bogota, Colombia, takes up a gender mainstreaming project called the Gender Equality Seal to integrate gender issues into its core. As a result of this effort, the local government successfully identifies and reduces unpaid working hours for women in care services. 

Moving to environmental conservation, Argentina is one of the countries that incorporates Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) into its structural planning. The country has created a special unit to coordinate with provinces and municipalities on matters of climate change specifically.

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