Public Sector Innovation Lab: Innovation Update, Practices and Tools to define an Innovation Agenda in Public Organisations

2-3/Oct/2014  •  Barcelona  •  Fee: €950

Project Leader
Alexander Heichlinger
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Target group
This new programme is addressed to public officials and leaders at the forefront of public service design and/or modernisation and reform efforts from all levels of public administration, as well as to policy officers, staff from NGOs, think tanks and other bodies who are eager to learn how to create innovative and radically new policies and architectures responding to the specific local, regional or national challenges.

The effects of the economic and financial crisis, as well as the current societal challenges, require both bold choices and approaches by the public sector. PS innovation is one of the main tools for responding to these policy challenges, as has been recently confirmed by governments’ changes in their formal innovation structures, such as ‘MindLab’ in Denmark. New needs, new agents, new ways of communication and new governance models to avoid bureaucracy and excessive control are high on the public/political agenda. In addition, the EPSA best practice and knowledge platform as a public excellence source provides valuable know-how and vital results that are being used to the benefit of providing innovative solutions. This seminar will pave the way towards more strategic and systematic approaches to collaborative innovation and co-creation, showing ways of how to involve citizens and/or businesses in new service design and/or reform processes.

Learning methodology
This two-day seminar will combine theory (presentations) and practice – such as (EPSA) case studies and a ‘Public Sector Innovation Lab’ workshop – to present tools and methodologies to define and manage innovation in participants’ own organisations. Participants will learn different approaches of how to develop an Innovation Agenda: from defining challenges, to ultimately converting them into projects ready for launch. In addition, a glossary about EU funds available for innovation in the public sector will be provided.

The aim is for participants to both learn about the main innovation challenges, as well as successful existing and rewarded innovation cases in the public sector. In addition, each participant will acquire the skills to formulate challenges, to draft an Innovation Agenda for his/her respective organisation, and learn how to develop (successful) innovation projects. Participants will subsequently elaborate a draft Innovation Agenda for their organisations as an output of this seminar.


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