Diagnostic Tool

What is the diagnostic?

Given agencies’ varying circumstances, a simple diagnostic tool has been developed so that they can access where they should priorities their efforts. The diagnostic will identify areas that your organisation should prioritise their efforts and suggest innovation tools that may aid your organisation in achieving better outcomes.

How to use the diagnostic

The diagnostic is a series of 25 questions that are designed to identify strengths and weaknesses in your organisations’ innovation process. The diagnostic refers to ‘your organisation’ and should be interpreted as appropriate to your work context. This could be your entire organisation, or just your work team, or even your work team plus any of the areas you routinely work with. The diagnostic will take about 10 minutes to complete. At the end of the process, it will produce a short report advising you of the areas your organisation may want to focus their attention to improve their innovation processes. The phases of the innovation system that get the highest score are the areas that will need the most attention first. Please save a copy of the report if you want to refer to this information as we do not retain a copy of your report.

Getting more value

The diagnostic tool can be used by anyone. However we suggest the following to get more value out of the diagnostic.

  • Ask a number of staff across the organisation across different levels (e.g. service delivery, management) to complete the assessment questions set out in the diagnostic to get a fuller picture of what is happening in the organisation.
  • Save your results and complete the diagnostic in 6 months or 12 months time and compare the results with you initial report to track any improvements or areas to work on for your organisation.
  • You may wish to supplement this diagnostic tool with a commercial innovation audit tool to get a more in-depth understanding of the innovation processes in your organisation.

Helping us improve the APS Innovation Toolkit

The APS Innovation Toolkit has been developed to assist agencies that want to increase the extent and effectiveness of their innovation efforts. You can help us improve the toolkit by answering some quick questions so we can tailor more content on the Toolkit to help you in your innovation efforts. Please note we do not keep any identifying information and your answers to these questions will be collected on an aggregate basis to help improve the toolkit and provide better tools for your use.  

Click on page 2 below to start the diagnostic.