Introduction to Public Sector Innovation

The challenges of our neighbourhoods, cities and towns, provinces and our country are not getting any simpler or easier. It’s becoming increasingly clear that governments absolutely cannot solve these tough problems by themselves. All levels of government are experiencing unfamiliar territory, facing very complex problems and decreasing financial resources to address them. They need to find new, effective ways to work with others, to integrate relevant information and knowledge, and to discover new roles that support the most positive impact possible; the impact that matters to all of us.

Innovation in the public sector encourages new forms of collaboration across government ministries and departments, and between government and the organizations, businesses and people that their policies will affect. Public Sector Innovation is not a new concept, but it is being more widely accepted as necessary and experimented with to understand how best to do it.