Supporting the Innovators Council

April 21, 2010 at 10:57 am Leave a comment

The Cabinet Office have published Enabling Innovation, telling the story of the first year of the Innovators Council. The paper includes a summary of our work supporting the Innovators Council, together with DH and MoJ, to map the innovation systems in social care and family law. The paper also talks more broadly about the challenge of supporting innovation in public services and is well worth a read.

Our innovation maps were built using a model of an innovation system developed by David Albury, our co-chair.  The map proved an excellent facilitation tool, because it encourages people to think about systems rather than anecdotes.  It also presses participants to think about the positive factors in systems that support innovation, rather than of the barriers.  Sometimes, conversations about barriers to innovation create so many that it is hard to know where to start and easy to feel over-awed by the challenges.

It was certainly great to receive positive feedback from members of the Innovators Council about the work:

“The session looking at the innovation systems in family law and social care was amazing. It was really interesting to get a sense of the challenge of driving innovation through systems of services.”
Cathy Garner, Manchester Knowledge Capital

“The last meeting was the best because for the first time the group came together and were able to share different perspectives on a common challenge.”
Lynne Maher, NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement

“I felt like our work with MoJ was genuinely valuable. I think we generated insights of real significance for them and I came away from the process with a sense of achievement.”
Alexis Cleveland, Cabinet Office

We would love to do more work of this kind with Government departments.  You can read here about our policy and research work to find out more.

By John Craig

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