How to bring innovation into government

Panel Discussion

Establishing public sector innovation teams and labs has become a global trend over the past few years. Pioneers like Denmark’s MindLab, the Behavioral Insights Team working in parthership with the UK Cabinet Office, and La 27e Région in France have paved the way for a new generation of innovators to reinvent the way government works.

Many of these relatively young innovation labs and teams have achieved remarkable successes in a broad range of policy fields, from education and health to cross-cutting administrative reforms. While they differ in organizational setup, scope, and methods - with some relying on rigorous testing and empirical evidence and others drawing on a variety of design-based tools - they share the common goal of making government more effective, efficient, and agile using available technology and working with a new breed of civil servants.

Together with the World Wide Web Foundation, we are inviting you to a discussion with international experts to shed light on the role of innovation in government:

  • What does existing evidence tell us about the value of public sector innovation?
  • What does it take to convince political decision-makers of innovative approaches to governance and policy-making?
  • What is required to integrate new methods and tools into the public sector - and how do we ensure that they are suited to the specific contexts?
  • What role do technology and the use of digital data play in identifying and implementing more effective solutions to complex problems?
  • How effective are innovation teams and labs really when it comes to tackling some of the biggest challenges that governments are currently facing, including migration, equitable economic growth, and financial stability?

We are delighted to welcome three distinguished speakers who will be sharing their expertise and views with us:

Giulio Quaggiotto is a Senior Programme Manager in the Innovation Skills team of Nesta (UK) responsible for advising international development and public sector organisations on the implementation of their innovation strategies. Giulio’s experience includes stints at WWF, UN University, the World Bank, and UN Global Pulse. His interests include user driven innovation and the social side of data innovation.

Nicole Anand is Associate Director of Strategy at Reboot (USA), a social impact firm dedicated to inclusive development and accountable governance based in New York City where she focuses on research, design, and documentation processes across various projects. A specialist in open governance, Nicole has worked with organisations like Global Integrity and the One World Foundation.

Prof. Dr. Kai Wegrich teaches Public Administration and Public Policy at the Berlin-based Hertie School of Governance. He is involved in the FP7 framework funded ‘Learning Innovation in Public Sector Environments’ research project that seeks to identify drivers and barriers to successful social innovation in the public sector in eleven EU countries and seven policy sectors.

01/21/2016 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm