Recently policymakers have begun to recognize that Governments face ‘wicked’ challenges – complex problems without a clear ‘optimal’ solution because the issues are not well bounded and policy interventions often give rise to new (sometimes worse) problems. Recognizing these challenges is one thing, but are we equipping policymakers to deal with this increasing complexity? Using examples from her experience of working with policymakers throughout the UK Government, Louise will present a simple schema to characterize the types of issues that policymakers face. Based on her examples, Louise will suggest that the degree of contestation between the policy goal and tangible evidence of progress towards that goal gives insight into the types of issues policymakers face and consequently the types of tools they should use.

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