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Innovation for the Public Good


A Diagnostic Tool to Help You Innovate

This diagnostic quiz will help you identify your agency’s strengths and weaknesses on innovation, and offer advice on what to try next.

| Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Taking the First Steps to Build an Innovation Culture

Jitinder Kohli describes the four initial steps that agencies should take to promote innovation.

by Jitinder Kohli | Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Developing a Plan to Change Agency Culture

Jitinder Kohli describes how government agencies should develop plans to promote a culture of innovation.

by Jitinder Kohli | Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Incentives and Responsiveness

Vicki Sellick describes two ways government agencies can offer incentives to nurture innovations that meet the most pressing social challenges.

by Vicki Sellick | Wednesday, November 2, 2011

An Open Agency Culture Is Key to Innovation

Kristina Costa takes a tour of successful social innovations and discovers that a common ingredient they share is “permeability,” or the willingness to be open to new ideas, technologies, and collaborative opportunities.

by Kristina Costa | Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Financing Tools for Social Innovation

Kristina Costa discusses three financing tools that can encourage innovation in the social and public sector.

by Kristina Costa | Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The Importance of Leadership in Social Innovation

Jitinder Kohli discusses the role leaders must play to build an innovation culture in their agencies, encouraging calculated risk taking and challenging traditional approaches.

by Jitinder Kohli | Wednesday, October 12, 2011

The Five Keys to Innovation

Vicki Sellick describes the five key elements to promoting a culture of innovation in government agencies focused on social issues.

by Vicki Sellick | Wednesday, October 5, 2011

The Barriers to Innovation

Traditional budgeting, lack of incentives, and agency failure to follow through on rhetoric are all significant barriers to government innovation, writes Jitinder Kohli in this week’s installment.

by Jitinder Kohli | Wednesday, September 28, 2011

New Weekly Column Explores Innovation in the Public Sector

This is the first installment of a new weekly column on government innovation produced by CAP’s Doing What Works team in partnership with the Bellwether Education Partners and the Young Foundation, as part of the “Innovation for the Public Good” series.

by Jitinder Kohli | Wednesday, September 21, 2011