Our Learning Programs


Our learning programs help you find out what works and what doesn’t. They build on an extensive experience of designing and delivering innovation learning initiatives and training programs in the public sector.

Every program allows you to learn by doing. You will work on live projects and focus on both innovation methods and tools, as well as the behaviours and culture that enables innovation in government. We call that innovation craft.

We have four programs tailored to different needs, from an introductory offer for people finding their feet, to one designed for executive leaders. All can be tailored to your organisation’s context, please get in touch to discuss your needs.

“The States of Change team transformed a 5 day in-person workshop into a fully online format. Although the participants were not familiar with innovation approaches, the facilitators made them feel comfortable and created a fantastic learning process that was dynamic, fun and serious."

Anja Wyden Guelpa, Director, Civic Challenge, Switzerland

Foundations of Innovation Practice

An introductory program for people curious about new ways of working.

The Foundations program will introduce you to a range of innovation approaches and disciplines. We'll explore an integrated approach to applying new skills and the mindsets needed to navigate complex public problems.

Over six weeks, you’ll be exposed to a variety of new approaches and given an opportunity to apply these to your own work. You’ll leave the course with more tools in your belt and more options for responding to uncertainty. After all if all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. Explore the Foundations program more.

Advancing your Innovation Practice

An intermediate program for people ready to learn the craft of innovation, not just the science of it.

Working with a small cohort of experienced practitioners to stretch capacity and build a network of peer support.

Over 10 weeks you’ll reflect on your practice and be encouraged to try new approaches. We’ll explore the new challenges of innovation and work together to chart new territory now the blueprint has well and truly been thrown away. During the program you’ll be supported by experienced facilitators who bring rigour and conceptual clarity to your hard-earned practical experience.

Deepening your Innovation Practice

An intensive, custom program to embed innovation practice into the DNA of your organisation.

In this highly customisable course you will be guided through a six-month team-based learning program. Teams collaborate on real-life policy challenges from their own work and are closely coached and supported to embed their new innovation practices back into the organisation.

This program is for teams who are motivated to learn new ways of approaching policy work as well as unlearning habits and behaviours that are no longer needed.

Leading through Uncertainty

If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. Well, we have to go far — quickly.

2020 was not the year that anyone had planned. The impact of the pandemic forced us to change our scripts, to abandon strategies and rapidly develop new ones, and to hold our teams and families through the uncertainty of it all. It was exhausting. And yet, there were glimpses of new potential. Our latent ability to improvise, to experiment and, yes, to innovate, was brought to the fore and many of the reasons for not doing so had lost their potency.

To support one another through these times, we have created an executive learning set on ‘Leading through Uncertainty’.

This set is centred on peer learning, with expert facilitation and guidance, where we focus on deep, reflective conversations on how to lead and innovate through these uncertain times.

Our previous collaborators

From Colombia to Australia, we have helped over 22 government departments globally, and 5 international organisations, to grow their skills and put innovation into practice.

"I have come to respect and admire my 'teaching team'. You stand in front of me and with apparent ease of a master practitioner tell me the method, the practice and a gazillion examples. I can't tell you how impressed I am. You make us clap our successes. I clap yours.”

Tim Teather, States of Change Participant 2019

Contact us

If you'd like to discuss any of these programs - or a version of them - get in touch with Nicole or Brenton.

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