Since its inception in January this year, the Design and Innovation Board and the Innovation Event workshops which support it have generated 28 new ideas to do something differently.
As well as the projects which have been pitched to the Board and supported through financial and other resources, there are at least 10 mini-projects actively being pursued outside of the formal process by teams and individuals keen to make their idea happen.
Setting up the Board was a cultural signal that we take innovation and human centred design seriously, but it’s great to see that real changes to services and practice are happening as a result of people taking part.
As well as catching up with participants through retros and informal discussions, we recently gathered surveyed people who’d taken part in an Innovation Event or presented to the Board. The feedback was really positive:
- 86% of participants agreed or strongly agreed that it had supported them to pursue an innovative idea
- 43% of participants strongly agreed and 57% agreed that it has increased their confidence to take an innovative idea or service improvement forward
- 29% of participants strongly agreed and 71% of participants agreed that it
has connected them with other people to help pursue an idea
- 50% of participants strongly agreed and 50% of participants agreed that without the Innovation Event or the Design and Innovation Board it would have been harder to pursue their idea
- 43% strongly agreed and 57% agreed that they have learnt something new about design and creating change
- 78% of participants agreed or strongly agreed that the events had helped to generate and develop ideas which make my service more self sufficient
- 93% of participants agreed or strongly agreed that the events had helped to generate and develop ideas which improve outcomes for our residents, businesses and visitors
Although financial support to pump-prime projects is available from the Transformation Reserve, for many projects this isn’t the most appealing part of the process.
For those attending the Design and Innovation Board or an Innovation the most valuable parts have been:
This is really encouraging and shows just how important the cultural side of change is. Throwing money at innovation is not enough; we need to build an organisation where time, space and permission to explore is a given, and where people have the networks and tools to get on and do things.
For now, the Innovation Events and Design & Innovation Board are helping to do this, but over time we’ll continue to iterate and adapt.