A few months ago I was interviewed by some very nice civil servants from BIS and CLG about how central government could help support and scale innovation in local public services.
I can’t remember much of what I said, but I’m guessing that ‘get out of the way’ probably featured several times. Oh, and ‘don’t impose models, tools or platforms from above’ as well.
Anyhow, the team have reported their findings, which focus on four main areas for action:
- Create the conditions that maximize the capacity for innovative ideas to scale across the public sector;
- Ensure that the public sector have the organisational culture, leadership, and people conducive to supporting the scaling up of innovative ideas;
- Establish networks that facilitate the dissemination of innovative ideas that could be scaled, supporting the spread of knowledge; and
- Use appraisal and evaluation of innovative ideas to provide the business case for scaling, to ensure the right ideas are implemented and driven forward.
You can download an executive summary of the report (PDF) or the whole thing (also PDF).
It’s worth a read.