Lab Legacies #3: How do we value a public innovation lab?

Joins us on December 4th for our third online debate, where we'll be discussing how we should value public innovation labs.

Government teams across the world have been given the mandate to innovate. But this mandate often comes with unhelpful strings attached. Innovative work is frequently held to account in old ways that aren’t suited to new ways of doing government work, meaning that the value of new approaches used by labs isn’t recognised or supported.

In the next edition of Lab Legacies, we’ll be expanding our perspectives on what labs can or should be doing. Given the circumstances, what sort of activities should they be focusing on to deliver the most value? And what are the most effective ways for labs to shape the accountability of their mission?

And looking ahead: what does the government lab of the future look like? What does it deliver, what are its most important value propositions, and how best to manage expectations of the lab’s impact?

Join us via Zoom on Tuesday 4th December, 14:00 UK time.

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We'll be joined on the day by:

  • Dr Andrea Siodmok (UK), Head of Policy Lab in the UK Cabinet Office, who since 2014 has been leading the lab's work on experimenting with new approaches to policy problems.
  • Stephanie Wade (USA), Lead for Innovation Teams at Bloomberg Philanthropies, who has led innovation teams and strategies both inside and outside of government.

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About Lab Legacies

An increasing number of organisations and teams have been given a mandate to innovate. What most practitioners are learning is that the challenge is less about the uptake of a new method, but developing and applying the craft of public innovation: how to apply innovation approaches in government, and manage the politics and environments in which the new way of working has to be embedded.

Lab Legacies will focus on what ‘innovation craft’ actually entails, and what the practical behaviours and tactics are that make innovation happen in government.