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When you have a problem that needs solving, where do you get your ideas? How do you know what makes for a good idea, as opposed to an ordinary or bad one? Is there a difference in the ideas that you need for different types of problems? These are some of the questions we’re looking at in our second study of the ‘innovation lifecycle’.
On the 17th and 18th of October the European Commission hosted the event Lab Connections to look at one mechanism that is increasingly used by governments to come up with new approaches: innovation and policy labs. Read about our experience and learnings from the event.
OPSI releases a new call for case studies from city governments to identify success stories in local public sector innovation. Access the city space of OPSI and fill in the questionnaire online to share your story by November 15, 2016. We invite you to contribute to our innovation scan and submit innovative city practices on the OPSI submission form.
What is the impact of innovation on public sector change? Should we limit ourselves to measuring improvements in the machinery and counting savings or should we think about the broader picture – the impact of innovation in reaching policy goals and delivering quality public services that bring value to citizens? The question on the ultimate objectives of innovation is related to that of the system that is put in place to deliver them. Are our public policy systems actually fit to deliver on these goals? Do we know what is that we are really trying to achieve? Our recent work into systems thinking has raised these questions and we’d like to invite you to contribute to our reflection.
How does your organisation know when it needs an innovative response to a problem? How does it learn what the problems are? How does it learn for innovation? We are seeking your input on our ‘alpha’ version of a study on identifying problems and learning for innovation in the public sector.
The work of the public sector is changing quickly to respond to a more complex, interdependent and hard-to-predict world. Are we, and the organisations we work in or with, ready to fully understand that change and convert that new understanding into knowledge and innovations that improves the lives of citizens? We hope to hear from you about your experience to inform our work.
How do you know why, when and how you should use a particular tool to get the best results? I’m working on the development of an Innovation Toolkit for public servants and I want to hear from you about how you choose between methods, and what information you need when you are using a new approach.
Innovators are encouraged to submit innovative practices to the OECD Observatory of Public Sector Innovation. The deadline has been extended to August 28, 2016.
Back in November 2014, at the launch of the Observatory of Public Sector Innovation, more than 400 policy makers, front line public servants, civil society organisations, and academics gathered at the OECD to celebrate government innovation—how we can do things differently to achieve positive results for individuals and society. At that event, the OECD made a call to action for governments to create the conditions to promote and enable public sector innovation. How did countries respond to that call? Almost two years down the road—with many economies still on the road to economic recovery—innovation has become a more significant imperative …