Government Innovation and Leadership

Just as the public sector needs to innovate to improve the lives of citizens, public agencies also need to improve themselves. But how can government innovation overcome institutional silos, sluggish bureaucracy and a risk-averse culture to help agencies become the highly effective organisations people need? And just as crucially, how can they engage their citizens to repair their damaged trust in democracy?

We look at global trends and specific examples of innovation in the public sector around the world, from digital badges in Kentucky to ‘crisis mode’ in the UAE and the innovation fund in the state of Victoria, Australia. We also provide analysis of the some of the main trends and obstacles in the field, from the movement for evidence-based policymaking to ongoing difficulties like how to balance a desire for a new ideas with an entrenched aversion to risk. Finally, we also include contributions from leading practitioners and leading thinkers on this subject, including a regular column from the head of Denmark’s legendary MindLab.

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Thu 6th September 2018 9:00am - Fri 7th September 2018 5:00pm
Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford, United Kingdom

The Government Outcomes Lab is co-hosting the third edition of the international conference on social impact bonds (SIBs) and outcomes-based approaches. The conference will bring together academic and practitioner voices from different countries and disciplines for an in-depth exploration of whether and how SIBs and other outcomes-based approaches work. Some of the questions that will be addressed include: how do SIBs compare to alternative funding mechanisms? How do SIBs operate in different countries? How has the concept and development of SIBs changed over time?

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Fri 7th September 2018 9:00am - Sat 8th September 2018 5:00pm
Berlin, Germany

The "Creative Bureaucracy Festival" brings together public sector innovators at all levels (from teacher to minister, from municipality to international organization, from Zehlendorf to Australia) and the interested public to a festival in Berlin. The objectives are: to increase innovation in the public sector, to promote the appreciation of innovators and the exchange among them, to attract performance-driven, innovative talents, to improve public perception of the public sector and its capacity for innovation.

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