Issues for the Observatory to take forward…

The Oracle newsletterThe quarter four 2008 (PDF, 685KB) edition of the Observatory’s new-look The Oracle newsletter, is now available.

This edition reviews our 2008 annual conference, “Better Evidence, Better Policy” with reports on all of the talks and workshops from the day, as well as the main issues that we will be taking forward in 2009.

Podcasts of the day are still available (view in iTunes or another RSS reader).

We welcome your comments on the issues that we’re planning to progress from the day.

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Observatory on BBC1 Politics Show

The Observatory’s State of the Region Report will feature on the regional section of the BBC’s Politics Show this Sunday (26th Oct 08). The programme starts at 12pm on BBC1. Hope you get chance to watch.

ADDED 28/10/08: The article can be viewed on the BBC’s iplayer. The Observatory features about 43 minutes in and will be available until next Sunday (02/11/08).

NESTA Regional Innovation Index: call for ideas

The West Midlands Regional Observatory has begun a 3-year programme of research to support the work of the regional Innovation Technology Council.

One of our first contributions is to the call for ideas as part of the new Regional Innovation Index projects. Full details of the NESTA call for ideas are on www.innovationindex.org.uk or download the full paper (PDF, 134KB).

We would like to hear suggestions, will coordinate the responses and submit a synthesis of responses.

If you’d like to respond to all or some of the questions please either post your comments or alternatively email me at brian.macaulay@wmro.org.

The deadline for formal contributions is 5pm, Friday 12th September 2008. We’ll be collating regional responses in the days before, so contributions will need to be submitted to us by the end of Wednesday 10th September 2008.