Coronavirus challenges the established tools leaders use to gather information and make critical decisions about their area. National and local governments have moved at speed to tackle the crisis with a mixture of remote teamworking, shared data and the use of models. Under pressure they have shown flexibility and adapted long established procedures to fresh problems. Prolonged social distancing will speed up adoption of new tools and may catalyse the reimagining of place-based decision-making for a data-driven, digitally enabled society.
In this brief we will focus on the challenge for national and local planning processes. Hemmed around by complex rules and regulations, this is an area where change is required, but difficult to deliver. They are a good example of the pressures on many government services. Change is already slowly happening, and we can see the future shape of many decision processes in the work on PlanTech underway.
In this article we will focus on three horizons:
- Right now – the current situation and the emergency response within decision-making and institutions during lockdown.
- What next? – the transitional restart for decision-making and institutions in the post-lockdown, pre-vaccine period.
- Beyond recovery – a look further into the future ahead for this sector.
Horizon 1 – Right Now
Immediate market impacts and shifts from the outbreak – and the possibilities they signal
The global coronavirus pandemic forced national and local government across the world to respond extremely rapidly. They have done so through extensive use of collaboration tools, remote teamworking, rapid and open access to the latest data and extensive use of models. They have learned that decision processes do not have to be paper based, and meetings do not have to be face to face. As we begin to imagine a post-pandemic future, there are opportunities for innovation in all decision-making processes.