Collaborating across agencies – what’s the magic ingredient?

Increasingly public servants are expected and required to work across agencies. This is especially true when they are trying something innovative. Innovations rarely fit neatly within existing agency processes and silos. Doing something new requires establishing a coalition of support from the relevant areas that might be affected, and often […]

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Weekly bits of interest – 14 April 2014

Some recent developments and articles of interest: It’s only 3 months until GovHack – registrations for the event are now open, with events happening around the country. On a related note, Brian Palmer looks at the strengths (and weaknesses) of hackathons in the medical field Tim Dodd takes a look […]

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Weekly bits of interest – 7 April 2014

Some recent developments and articles of interest: The UK Government has opened its ‘Policy Lab UK’ which aims to bring “new techniques to the UK Government, helping design services around people’s experience, using data analytics and new digital tools”, and the Northern Ireland Government has announced its intention to launch […]

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Weekly bits of interest – 31 March 2014

Some recent developments and articles of interest: Tim Kastelle looks at how organisations with ‘flat’ structures innovate more. “When we talk about flat firms, the first response is ‘no, that’s impossible.’  Well, clearly, that’s not true.  The second response is ‘well, this only works in small, high-tech startups.’  Again, false.  Which means […]

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What (could be) happening at Innovation Month 2014

The Public Sector Innovation Network Co-ordination group has been busy developing event ideas for Innovation Month 2014. Based on your input, here are some concepts and working titles we have developed: The Innovation Summit (working title) Likely a one day event focussing on how the public sector can, and is, […]

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Weekly bits of interest – 24 March 2014

Some recent developments and articles of interest: When do we need to innovate? Tim Kastelle sums up the two occasions of when we need innovation in a simple drawing The US Government has created 18F, a digital services agency within the Government Services Agency with the mission of building “effective, user-centric […]

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Weekly bits of interest – 17 March 2014

Some recent developments and articles of interest: Mark Jeffs argues that the status quo is no longer the safe option in the public sector. “I don’t doubt for a second that in a stable system doing nothing and carrying on with business as usual is a safe option.  But the […]

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The Public Sector Innovation Network Coordination Group

Which agency in the Australian Public Service is the best at innovative delivery? Who does it reasonably well, and who needs … improvement? This is a topic that is often discussed at the Public Sector Innovation Network’s Coordination Group, a mix of officers from across the APS that get together […]

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What you want from Innovation Month 2014

Thanks to the subscribers of the ColIDEAscope newsletter who participated in our ‘What would you like to see/learn/experience at Innovation Month 2014’ contest. We’re happy to announce that Sharon Hook of Landgate WA was the winning entry. Sharon listed some event ideas she’d like to see in this year’s program, […]

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Innovation Month 2014 – Empower, Collaborate, Transform

Like the rest of the world, the public sector in Australia is experiencing some significant change. How we work, what we do, and how we work with others is evolving. Innovation is an important means of responding to such changes to ensure that we continue to generate value. In deciding […]

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