As we approach UKGovcamp on Saturday, I was wondering about the big “how do we make stuff happen” question. An NLGN survey of 65 councils on innovation found that 90% say they lack the skills needed to implement new ideas successfully, but paradoxically they still expect to generate 50% of the necessary savings through innovation .. This is a rather important conundrum!
Having followed the Local Government Digital Service debate which has been ongoing several years now, I’m convinced that we should give up on that essentially cost saving argument in favour of one that recognises the need for place-based innovation centred around the needs of people and communities. I’d like to talk about how public sector resources could be directed to create local innovation capacity (starting with local government but with bigger ambitions) that truly helps leaders and commissioners create radical new options for service delivery. This is definitely as much about matching existing ideas or products to local needs as creating new things – both are needed. And loads about implementation.
So what does this local capacity look like and what’s the business case?