Policy Labs & Prototypes

Policy Labs & Prototypes

Policy Prototypes which are smaller projects delivered in a locality on behalf of the Network and eligible for up to £1,500 of funding.

Policy Labs which were bigger collaborative pieces of work that CCIN members worked on together, and eligible for up to £10,000 of funding

CCIN members are encouraged to suggest projects where they can work with other members to find co-operative policy solutions to the challenges facing local government.  

As a CCIN member you can apply for up to £10,000 to deliver a Policy Lab. This could be anything from co-operative approaches to tackling food poverty to initiatives that put communities back at the heart of local decision making. We are open to all ideas, the more innovative the better!

Round 1 – (2016-8) The CCIN funded a range of Policy Labs and Poly Prototypes (smaller projects attracting up to £1500 of finding).

Round 2 – (2019-20) Ten bids were submitted at the end of 2018 for consideration.  A joint meeting of the Executive Oversight Committee and the Values & Principles Board was held in Bristol in January 2019 where members received presentations on each of the bids and graded them according to a criteria.  It was agreed to fund four Policy Labs.  See more

Round 3 – (2020) Thirteen bids were submitted for consideration.  A joint meeting of the Executive Oversight Committee and the Values & Principles Board was held in Stevenage in January 2020 where members reviewed all of the bids and graded them according to a criteria.  It was agreed to fund all 13 Policy Prototypes.  See more.

We’re taking a slightly different approach to our innovation funding in 2020, because we want to ensure that as a Network we begin to think creatively about co-operative solutions to the current health and social care crisis.  This year we:

  • Will only be accepting proposals for Policy Prototypes about health and social care with funding of £1500 (for adults, for children or for both – for services delivered in-house or commissioned – Public Health, early intervention, prevention or delivery).  We’re likely to fund between 30 and 40 proposals.  
  • Expect the majority of the Policy Prototypes to have completed their work within 6 months (and all within 9); similarly, we will be looking for any Policy Labs to submit interim findings within 6 months (and to have finalised their work within 12 months) of the work being awarded.
  • Are particularly interested in workforce and union engagement and involvement in developing new ways of working.
  • Need projects to be written up, and other resource materials made available to us – but we are not expecting these to publication level as we will be pulling all of the learning together into a one major policy and resource publication.

CCIN Policy Lab 2018 – Application Form

Download Policy Prototype Application 2020