Innovation, design and policy labs are surely ‘the new black’ of public sector reform around the world. A recent ANZSOG-funded study of labs in Australia and New Zealand surveyed 26 across our two countries, and more are emerging with every passing month. But are they really changing what governments do and thus the experiences of citizens?
The study found that most labs are small, reliant on contractors and consultants, located within a single department and focused on the early stages of the policy cycle. Two of the leading international and best-known initiatives, MindLab in Denmark and the Government Digital Service in the UK have either closed (MindLab) or rather lost their mojo (GDS).
What lessons should New Zealand, committed to a ‘modern, agile and adaptive’ State sector, learn from others’ experiences?
In his co-edited new book on Innovation Bureaucracies, our distinguished Visitor Professor Wolfgang Drechsler argues that agility and innovation need to become routinised into what governments do every day. Without constant rejuvenation, we risk limiting the public sector and losing the important innovations of tomorrow.
Date: 8 October 2019
Registration & light refreshments: 10.00-10.15am
Please RSVP by Friday 4 October 2019.