Measuring Innovation

After 18 months of research, consultation, planning and testing, I am pleased to report that the Australian Public Service Commission has now launched the first Public Sector Innovation Survey. This is a pilot survey designed to investigate innovation within the Australian Public Service (APS) and the factors that contribute to its success or failure.  It is part of the Australian Public Sector Innovation Indicators (APSII) Project, which commenced in early 2011. The project is a collaborative...
On 24 November the Australian Public Service Commission (APSC) tabled the 2010-11 State of the Service (SoS) Report in Parliament, the latest in a series of annual reports examining the status of the Australian Public Service (APS) and any emerging trends.  The findings of the report are based on a voluntary employee questionnaire and a mandatory agency questionnaire sent to all major APS agencies.  The full report can be found on the APSC website.The 2010-11 Report gives a detailed overview of...
My name is Dorothea Huber and I have been part of the Australian Public Sector Innovation Indicators (APSII) Project Team since January 2011. As it has been more than six months since our last blog post on this topic I thought it is time to update you on where the Project is at and to get you involved.What is the APSII Project?  The Project is an attempt to develop and implement a way of measuring and reporting on innovation capacity and performance in the Australian Public Service and wider...
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 every month to share information and to cooperate on major cross-agency activities (such as Innovation Month 2014).It was something we considered again at our last meeting in February, in part informed...
My name is Yanfei Shi and I work at the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research alongside the area that supports the public sector innovation work behind this blog.Our Department has launched a project to address the need for data and measurement on public sector innovation in Australia.The Australian Public Sector Innovation Indicators (APSII) project aims to design and conduct an Australian Public Sector Innovation Survey to collect data on innovation in the public sector, in...
In September 2012 I reported that an innovation-specific pilot survey had been launched by the Australian Public Service Commission (APSC). The survey was part of the APSII Project and aimed to measure innovation in the Australian Public Service (APS).  I’m pleased to report that the pilot survey was very successful and provided insightful information on public sector innovation.  A more detailed summary on key findings is available but here are some of the highlights: An innovation-specific on...
Between May and June 2012, the APSII Project Team undertook cognitive testing of the Draft Pilot Survey designed to measure innovation in the Australian Public Sector.  Cognitive testing ensures that the survey actually measures what it is designed to measure.In developing the questionnaire we had looked at work done elsewhere on this topic. Aside fromSouth Korea, only the Nordic Countries of Europe, the European Commission and theUnited Kingdomhave conducted surveys designed to measure the...