20 Tools for Innovating in Government


This handbook is a digest of 20 tools that are proven to help innovation flourish inside government, based on Nesta's work over more than a decade in UK local and central government, as well as with more than 30 international governments.

Gender Diversity in AI Research


Lack of gender diversity in the Artificial Intelligence (AI) workforce is raising growing concerns, but the evidence base about this problem has until now been based on statistics about the workforce of large technology companies or submissions to a small number of prestigious conferences.

Future of skills and lifelong learning


The Government Office for Science looked at how changes in technology and an ageing population affect what skills the UK will need in the future. The project also considered how investment in skills and encouraging lifelong learning can have a positive impact on productivity.

The Future of Food 2040 


The Future of Food 2040 report highlights the importance of establishing a future domestic agricultural policy that enables the farming industry to increase its productivity, profitability and resilience in the future, which will be crucial for businesses to thrive in an increasingly volatile world.

A compendium of innovation methods


This compendium brings together some of Nesta's innovation experience over the years. Each section gives a simple introduction to the method and describes Nesta’s work in relation to it. In each case they have also provided a link to further relevant resources and inspiration on their website.

The Four Futures of Work


The RSA’s Future Work Centre has published research that models four ‘futures of work’ by 2035 - and shows how politicians may not be up to speed on what’s going on.

Materials Landscaping Study


This report details the scale, geographical distribution and competitiveness of the UK materials sector. It is based on a database of the UK materials companies that was extracted in a bottom-up approach from a wide range of company datasets and sources of information.

Move fast and fix things


This report counters the long-held caricature of the state as a slow, lumbering, bureaucratic machine and sets out to find the people, processes and practices in government that are ‘moving fast, and fixing things’ and demonstrating a new kind of public entrepreneurship. It draws on several examples of work done in Northern Ireland.

Creative Hubs: Understanding the New Economy


This British Council report has been commissioned to better understand the diverse value, processes and motivations of creative hubs and in doing so, analyse how best to support and stimulate the wider creative economy they are rooted in, particularly in times of political and financial uncertainty.

The Geography of Creativity in the UK


This report – a collaboration between Nesta and Creative England – reveals hotspots of creative activity in all nations and regions of the UK, and produces data that economic development agencies and policymakers charged with promoting business growth can use when setting strategic priorities.

Improving the management of digital government


This report draws on 30 interviews with senior digital and policy officials across Whitehall and the public sector, and vendors to government. It focuses on the role of the Government Digital Service (GDS) in creating a framework for digital government that is successful, and assesses how GDS is performing in that role.

The Digital Powerhouse


This report maps out how the North of England can better engage with its tech clusters, drawing on respective expertise and innovation in order to provide solutions for smart cities and digitise industry strengths.

Measuring the UK’s Digital Economy with Big Data


It is clear we need a new way of measuring the economy and that is what is presented in this report by the National Institute for Economic and Social Research, based on the pioneering big data techniques of Growth Intelligence, a UK company who specialise in tracking and measuring the economic activities of companies.

Machine learning: the power and promise of computers that learn by example


What is the potential of machine learning over the next 5-10 years? And how can we develop this technology in a way that benefits everyone? The Royal Society’s machine learning project has been investigating these questions, and this report sets out the actions needed to maintain the UK’s role in advancing this technology while ensuring careful stewardship of its development.

Employer Ownership of Skills


This report looks at what has been achieved against the original vision for Industrial Partnerships (IPs). It focuses on the lessons learned from the activities, the challenges and successes.

Eight Great Technologies


In this 2013 paper, David Willetts makes an important contribution to this debate – setting out eight great technologies in which Britain is or can be global leaders.

The 2013 Sustainable Energy Report


This report was commissioned when DETI and MATRIX identified substantial commercial opportunities associated with sustainable energy technology markets which were likely to grow significantly as worldwide demand for lower-carbon technologies increased.

The 2010 Telecoms Report


This report finds that major advances have been achieved in the quality and extent of telecommunications provision in Northern Ireland and, combined with near term plans, the overall provision places it among the leading regions in terms of international standards.