Ideas

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Innovation starts with ideas, but the innovation process involves a lot more than that. You need to be able to tell whether the idea is a good one, whether it is good enough compared to other ideas, and whether it's the right time for it. You also need to be able to convince others that that's the case. Tips on both of these steps are include:

  • IDEAS for the Public Sector - a tool to help you decide whether the idea you are working with is worthwhile and deserving of further work and resources
  • Building a business case - guidance on some key aspects of putting forward an idea as a formal proposition

These steps assume that you already have an idea, but sometimes the ideas you have may not be the ones you need. There are a range of resources and platforms that can help if you are looking for an idea to a problem or if you need help in the creation, selection and implementation of an idea. These include:

  • The Public Sector Innovation Network – the network includes other public servants, interested academics, and select practitioners. The network has access to a Yammer Group (online collaboration) where Government employee members can ask each other questions, share innovation stories, and collaborate on user-centred design approaches to policy design and service delivery.
  • Toolkit modules – many of the Toolkit modules include examples from other agencies of how an approach has been used.
  • Blog posts – the blog includes posts on a wide range of subjects and innovation events.
  • News items - includes the PSIN Weekly Bits of Interest and other news on innovation developments.
  • Others in your agency, stakeholders, experts and members of the public – tap into your known networks and those of your colleagues; the list of potential collaborators is endless!

Not sure where to start the conversation?  You are welcome to psi [at] industry.gov.au (subject: Innovation%20Ideas) (email the PSI team )and we can help with some suggestions .