Innovation Toolkit

A common task in putting forward an innovative idea - and helping getting the idea selected - is developing the business case. Requirements for business cases can vary depending on how big an idea is and what the initial steps might be, but a fairly standard component is looking at the issue of risk.Given that innovation involves change from the status quo, it is only natural that those being asked to approve investigation or implementation of an idea will want to have a good feel for what the...
For our finale for Innovation Month 2014 we’d like to announce the addition of some new guidance material about horizon scanning to the resources available on the Public Sector Innovation Toolkit.‘A practical guide: introduction to horizon scanning in the public sector’ [PDF 1.5 MB, Word 1.1 MB][1. This material was produced for us by Kate Delaney, through John Robinson Consulting Services Pty Ltd.] gives an in-depth introduction to the technique of horizon scanning and why and how it should be...
We have previously prepared and asked for comments on two draft Innovation Toolkit modules – ideas management systems and mechanisms of challenge. Today we would like your thoughts on the draft module we have prepared on innovation values.As mentioned, for each of the tools identified in Empowering Change: Fostering Innovation in the Australian Public Service we are developing a ‘module’ to try and provide you with information about how the tools can be used.Innovation values are principles...
Hi everyoneWe’re the I-Gen team from the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.I-Gen stands for ‘innovation generation’ and is our department’s innovation initiative that was launched on 7 May 2010, after extensive trials.I-Gen encourages staff to come up with ideas that improve the way the department works and helps them drive their ideas forward.It provides the support and tools to convert ideas into proposals, including a dedicated intranet site; networks of coordinators and...
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...
One of the things I have discovered over the past three years of working on innovation is that it involves a lot of reading.Yet as we all know, information overload is now a continual risk, and particularly for those trying to add innovation to an otherwise already full schedule and constant workload. Hence we provide the weekly bits of interest posts to try and distil some of the core titbits of the vast amount written on innovation every week, and we are working to develop the Innovation...
Late last year I spoke to the Australian Taxation Office Innovation Community of Practice about DesignGov and what I have learnt about innovating in the public sector. None of this is likely to be new to long term readers of the blog, but at the request of some of the members, and as an opportunity to recap some of the main points, the content is provided below.Ideas are not the bottleneckInnovation can be seen as a five stage process, and as many people have said better than I, innovation is...
In this post, we take a look at another difficult aspect of developing a business case[1. This post follows on from two other business case posts - one on dealing with risk and another on identifying resources required.] - identifying the outcomes and being able to say what success (or failure) will look like in implementing the idea. You should know what you hope will happen, but how will you assess whether it has worked, and whether its implementation should continue? In APS jargon, what are...
One of the things we aim to do with the Innovation Blog is to discuss tools, strategies and approaches that can assist or supplement the innovation process in public sector organisations. In this post we give a brief look at horizon or environmental scanning.Recently a colleague and I had the opportunity to attend a meeting of the Australasian Joint Agencies Scanning Network (or AJASN). The AJASN is a group of representatives from government agencies and others that meet quarterly to undertake...
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...