A device to assist teams and organisations in developing a more sophisticated approach
to public sector innovation
This working paper seeks to contribute to the understanding of the public sector innovation
process at an organisational or team level, and suggests areas for consideration for
public sector organisations developing their innovation capabilities. It explores
why a more sophisticated approach to public sector innovation is required and explains
how an explicit innovation process (the innovation lifecycle) can support such an
approach. The paper argues that organisations need to take a multifaceted portfolio
approach, combined with a more deliberate recognition of other actors in their ecosystem.
It finishes by examining how the innovation lifecycle plays out in practice, and suggests
criteria to guide organisations and teams in selecting tools and methods to support
them along the different stages of the innovation lifecycle.