Weekly bits of interest – 30 March 2015

Some recent developments and articles of interest: Sandford Borins shares a four step guide to public sector innovation. “My research showed a consistent set of obstacles to public sector innovation over 20 years. More were internal (logistical issues, shortage of resources, getting different occupations to work together) than external (public […]

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Idea Registry needs a name

The Department of Finance’s ideas registry is in development, with plans for a trial run in April. But before then, what shall we call it? The APS Innovation Action Plan states that the Department of Finance will “look to identify and communicate across government, innovative suggestions for efficiency gains and […]

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Weekly bits of interest – 23 March 2015

Some recent developments and articles of interest: The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s development innovation hub has been launched under the name innovationXchange. “innovationXchange will test and drive new and exciting technologies, ideas and partnerships that can be embedded across the Department. Supported with $140 million over four years, […]

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Weekly bits of interest – 16 March 2015

Some recent developments and articles of interest: Jordan has launched an ideas incubator, seeking new ideas from public servants to improve the efficiency and performance of its public sector The “GovLab Index: Prizes and Challenges” looks at how prizes and challenges are used to drive and facilitate innovation Julian Kirchherr, Julia Klier, […]

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Weekly bits of interest – 10 March 2015

Some recent developments and articles of interest: The conclusions from the OECD’s November 2014 conference ‘Innovating the Public Sector: from Ideas to Impact’ have been published, as well as links to some of the presentations and video Steven VanRoekel, Chief Innovation Officer, USAID reflects on innovation and technology in the public […]

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Reflections on Combining Lean Process Improvement & “Human-Centered Design”

This is a guess post from an international counterpart, Marc Hébert (@anthromarc). Marc is a design anthropologist for the City and County of San Francisco, California, USA. He works in the Human Services Agency’s Innovation Office. The Agency’s 2,000+ employees help around 150,000 clients who experience poverty and abuse.  The […]

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Weekly bits of interest – 2 March 2015

Some recent developments and articles of interest: Can you teach someone to be creative? Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic says yes. “Several exercises have been found to enhance creative performance. For example, teaching people to detect novel ideas, take on challenging tasks, retrieve knowledge outside their main area of expertise, or combine unrelated things […]

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Weekly bits of interest – 23 February 2015

Some recent developments and articles of interest: How important is organisational culture to innovation? Ralph-Christian explores. “The more successful an organization, the more likely it will continue to do what has made it successful in the past and resist breakthrough innovations. Leaders can, and often do, try to make corporate […]

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Weekly bits of interest – 16 February 2015

Some recent developments and articles of interest: For those interested in public sector innovation labs, Nesta is producing a monthly overview of news about labs. You can also sign-up to their email list Martin Stewart-Weeks and Tim Kastelle have written on public sector innovation in the latest edition of the Australian Journal […]

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Weekly bits of interest – 10 February 2015

Some recent developments and articles of interest: Should government organisations have Chief Innovation Officers? Jeffrey Stinson examines the case. “What innovation officers really need, Goldsmith said, is the imprimatur of the governor or mayor to challenge the status quo up and down the bureaucratic ranks–even if it means stepping on some […]

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