The 6 Factors Needed to Drive Innovation in Government

May 2, 2013

There is much discussion these days about innovation and how important it is to making government more effective and efficient – particularly in these resource constrained times that require federal employees to do more with less. But what do we really mean by innovation and what drives it?

At its most basic, innovation is the process of improving, adapting or developing a product, system or service to deliver results. In new Best Places to Work in the Federal Government analysis of 2012 survey data, federal employees say they are willing to innovate, with 91 percent of them saying they are always looking for ways to do their jobs better, but only 57 percent say they are encouraged to do so, and still fewer -- 36 percent -- say that creativity and innovation are actually rewarded in their agency.|

In 2012, employees gave federal government an overall innovation score of 61.5 out of 100, a drop of 1.7 points from the year before. But in the middle of sequestration, when employees are having to figure out how to accomplish their goals with less money and fewer people, how can agency leaders and managers foster a culture of innovation?

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