We’ve recently launched a second version of Innovate to Save and will be accepting applications to the R&D phase in July this year. Grants of up to £30k along with a tailored programme of support are available for projects to improve public services and generate savings. To help put together a strong application, we’ve listed the top five tools to help your organisation prepare.
The idea behind Y Lab Problem Cards is to ensure that project teams fully understand the problem they are trying to solve by asking the difficult questions at the very start. You’ll know most of the answers to these, but having it written down at the end in a clear problem statement is a great starting point for any problem solving challenge!
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If you’re a third/private sector organisation and applying to Innovate to Save, you need a public sector partner. These conversations should be happening now! The People and Connections Map will help you understand which stakeholders should be involved in the project to help make it a success.
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We strongly believe that having the right team in place and support from senior management can really drive a project forward. The Jobs to be Done tool clearly identifies the activities/tasks that each role within the team needs to do to make sure the project progresses.
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Completing a Theory of Change will help you layout the steps you need to take to achieve the project's goal. It’s a good way of planning your R&D project and identifying any assumptions you are making that may be risky.
To get the most out of completing a Theory of Change get someone who isn’t in your team to join the session and ask the difficult questions that you normally might avoid. You should constantly review your plan throughout R&D and update it according to any major changes that might affect the project.
Innovate to Save hopes to draw in ambitious projects that will not only improve services but also generate cashable savings. The 12 Economies Method can be used in 2 ways to help build a stronger application.
You can use these definitions to help generate new ideas. Get your team together and adjust your solution/idea to fit each of the 12 economies.
You can also use these definitions to help identify various ways in which the project could generate cashable savings.
We’ve created a matrix with examples of each type of saving here.