Director, Public and Social Innovation

Jo Casebourne



Join Date

November 2011

What I do

Jo led Nesta's Policy and Research work on public and social innovation, working closely with colleagues in the Innovation Lab and Investments.


Jo has spent the last 15 years conducting research on public services, social innovation, welfare-to-work, employment and skills, disadvantaged groups in the labour market and work-life balance issues.
Before joining Nesta in November 2011, Jo was Director of Research at the Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion for five years, where she led the organisation's research work, conducting high profile research and evaluations for central government, local government and charities. 
Prior to that she was a Senior Researcher at the Institute for Employment Studies and a Researcher at the Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion.
Jo has a first class degree from the University of Cambridge, a Masters from the University of London and a PhD from the University of Cambridge. 
Her PhD compared the Clinton welfare reforms in the US and the Labour Government's welfare reforms in the UK and their effects on work and poverty.
Whatever happens in this election, we’re calling for the next government to be as radically experimental as the Roosevelt government was in the US in the 1930s. The report we are launching this week ‘Better public services through experimental government’ calls for more ambitious and bold experiments on nationally important issues and experiments to be designed using robust methods so we can find out what works.
Jo Casebourne
Friday, 20 March 2015
There is a clear and urgent need to innovate in the public sector, but public sector innovation can be really hard and those trying to innovate within the public sector can face a number of barriers. The good news is that the public service ethos that leads people to work in it in the first place is alive and well - we know that those working in the public sector want to provide a service to the community more than they want personal gain. So, how can public managers harness this intrinsic motivation of their employees to promote innovation? Here are 5 top tips for public managers.
Jo Casebourne
Friday, 27 February 2015
My crowdfunding journey started when I was helping to oversee the production of our report on crowdfunding in the Autumn of 2012 'Crowding in: How the UK’s businesses, charities, government and financial system can make the most of crowdfunding'. This blog follows what happened after I paid up in November 2012 and eagerly waited to see if the project I had backed got enough funding to go ahead.
Jo Casebourne
Thursday, 15 January 2015
I’m just back from the OECD conference on public sector innovation. It was a really interesting couple of days hearing about examples from countries all around the world trying to innovate to make the public sector work better for citizens.
Jo Casebourne
Friday, 14 November 2014
Since the national minimum wage was first introduced in 1999, a great deal of effort has gone into ensuring that the rate weighs as little on unemployment as possible and research has consistently found that it’s having a positive impact.
Jo Casebourne
Wednesday, 1 October 2014