Harvard’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance is dedicated to advancing excellence and innovation in governance and public policy. The center just published a new book with the Brookings Institution with a title we love—“The Persistence of Innovation in Government.” The book seeks to dissect and understand how innovation happens in the public sector and how it can be encouraged and supported. Here’s part of the description from the website:
The book concludes with a challenge to practitioners and academics alike to exploit the potential of innovation awards data to further our understanding of two key phenomena: “serial innovators” and “hotbeds of innovation,” that is individual public sector agents who repeatedly and successfully innovate and jurisdictions or agencies that do likewise.
For another source of recognized public innovators, check out the NextGen Public Service Winners over at GovLoop.