Health systems are a crucial client for systems innovation. Today’s health system is made up of an increasingly complex set of interactions between the public and medical and care professionals, an infrastructure of hospital buildings and other primary and secondary care settings, providers within and beyond the NHS and a world class network of academic institutions and funding bodies generating new knowledge about what makes us well. Where are there opportunities for change?
Today we've published a call for proposals for a major research and policy conference on social innovation, to be held in the UK in November 2013.
I few weeks ago, we published the provocation paper 'Innovation in Policy' in collaboration with MindLab, an innovation agency working within the Danish Government. This paper intended to stimulate debate and dialogue about the challenges involved in developing a culture of innovation within government, and how decision-making can better deal with uncertainty and complexity in social policy.
Wales 2025 Public Services has been established with a view to asking long-term, ambitious and critical questions about the future of public services in Wales. Laura Bunt shares some reflections from their recent workshop in Cardiff on the Art of Exit, Nesta's report on the challenge of decommissioning public services.
Today's global financial and social crises demand innovation not only in public services, but within the whole bureaucratic, administrative system of public governance. Yet innovation introduces uncertainty and unpredictability into decision-making which can sit uncomfortably with the status quo. What are new principles for decision-making that can be more conducive to innovation in the public sector?
One of the goals for any future health system is to ensure that the best available knowledge reaches decision-makers in real time. This applies whether decision-makers are doctors, nurses, patients or policymakers and whether knowledge is medical, clinical, social, or statistical. The key question is how this knowledge should best be organised – both to ensure the right flow of knowledge, to orchestrate in the most effective ways, and to make it accessible.
Laura Bunt outlines Nesta’s new report the ‘Art of Exit’ – exploring the role of creative decommissioning in public services – and reflects on some of the key themes emerging from the launch event.
When Oslo's transport authorities wanted to design and implement a new transport system for Ruter, they knew that providing useful, legible information would be as critical as the lines themselves.
There’s a lot of social innovation going on. All over the world, citizens, governments, communities, NGOs are experimenting with new ways of responding to social issues.
Laura Bunt reflects on some of the key themes to emerge from the launch event for our new Compendium for the Civic Economy - a showcase of 25 trailblazing ideas that are transforming local places and economies across the UK.
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