Challenging Ideas Challenges

How to (and how not to) run an ideas challenge
Date of Publication: 
2 April 2019

Love them or hate them, ideas challenges are an old favourite in the public sector – but how effective are they?

The February 2019 Public Sector Innovation Network (PSIN) meeting unpacked the good, the bad, and the ugly of ideas challenges using real public sector case studies. The general consensus was that while ideas challenges are great in bringing staff together, they’re rarely successful all the way through to idea implementation.

Strong themes emerged when breaking down the lessons learnt, and we’ve pulled together some advice based on discussion at the meeting.