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How do you go about setting up a public sector innovation lab?Before the end of DesignGov, members of the team considered what some of the main lessons were and we shared many of those through the DesignGov blog.However, it takes some time to work through all of the insights and experiences to distil what is most important, and to get sufficient distance to be able to take a more objective view.There has also been ongoing interest from colleagues and counterparts within Australia and from...
This post should be read in conjunction with 'Establishing, running and closing a public sector innovation lab – a reflection on the DesignGov experiment'. Please also note that a PDF version of the below post is also available - PDF 255 KB.What do you need to consider in setting up a public sector innovation lab? What is needed to operate one? And what might you need to consider if closing one?The DesignGov experiment was an 18 month initiative of the Australian Public Service to apply design-...
This is an accompanying post to 'Establishing, running and closing a public sector innovation lab – a reflection on the DesignGov experiment' and should be read in conjunction to it.The following is an attempt at a complete and consolidated annotated background to the experimental pilot initiative ‘DesignGov’, an Australian Public Service cross-agency collaborative innovation capability established by the Secretaries Board. DesignGov itself operated between July 2012 until December 2013, but...
The Policy Visualisation Steering committee met on Thursday 30 May to discuss planning for the next event. Feedback from the March event was very supportive and showed there was a strong appetite across the APS for visualisation techniques in Government. As a result of that event stronger ties have been established between the Policy Visualisation Network and DesignGov. In addition, separate discussions have begun with interested officers in the Victorian Government on how we may share and...
Some recent developments and articles of interest: DesignGov wants to hear your ideas on how to improve the interactions between government agencies and businesses The Australian Centre for Social Innovation (TACSI) has partnered with VicHealth to do the Seed Challenge, set up to tackle the wicked problem of "How do we improve fruit and vegetable supply and access, as well as develop and promote a culture of healthy eating in Victoria?" Craig Thomler takes a look at the Seed Challenge and the...
Some recent developments and articles of interest: DesignGov is seeking a designer to join our team for several months to work with them on their major projects, to build design capability in the APS and to apply design within the public sector The Design Commission in the UK has issued a report 'Restarting Britain 2: Design and Public Services' looking at the role of design in the public sector Tim Kastelle looks at one way that organisations can kill innovation - the air sandwich The...
Despite the tongue-in-cheek nature of this post’s title[1. For those familiar with the relevant episode, the second part of the title should be sung repeatedly in the spirit of The Simpsons chant “You don’t win friends with salad”], it is about a serious aspect of the innovation process. Innovation is hard work. It means that you are changing the status quo, and the status quo can be quite firmly attached where it is, thank you very much. It means that you are asking (or requiring) people to...
What does design offer that we don’t already have in the public sector? How does design fit with what we already do or with other ‘new’ trends and techniques? In the public servant’s tool-set, when and how should design be used?These are some of the questions that have come up in discussions with colleagues across the public service. There’s a lot of interest in design thinking and what it can offer, but there’s also uncertainty as to how it differs from some existing practices, or how it fits...
What has at least ten Australian Public Service agencies investing in it, and has the support of the full Secretaries Board? If you guessed DesignGov’s business-government interaction project, then you’d be right!At their meeting on Wednesday 8 February the Secretaries Board [1. The Secretaries Board is the senior decision making body of the Australian Public Service, involving all of the Portfolio Secretaries and the Public Service Commissioner] discussed DesignGov’s first cross-agency project...
Just before Christmas I posted some thoughts about several interesting meetings I’d had with public sector designers and innovators in London a few weeks earlier. I also mentioned I’d spent a day when there at an Inside Government conference: Future Councils – New Ways of Working and Delivering Public Services – which was also quite thought-provoking. (25% of public spending in the UK is channeled through local authorities – they are responsible for much that the states and territories, and the...