|Government knowledge network GovLoop® says there is no one definition for civic innovation. A recent post describes it as anything that improves the lives of residents. GovFresh contributor Alex Howard calls it “… a new idea, technology or methodology that challenges and improves upon existing processes and systems, thereby improving the lives of citizens or the function of the society that they live within.” In a nutshell, civic innovation can be described as government and community members working together to improve the lives of all involved.Civic innovation has been listed by Governing.com® as a top trend in state and local leadership. And many governments, continually faced with doing more with less, have relied on civic innovation projects to help improve efficiency, save money and gain a fresh perspective on challenging issues. If you’re looking for ways to solve problems and invest in solutions, while at the same time reinforcing your agency’s relationship with its citizens, look no further than civic innovation.The civic innovation process|
If you’re considering civic innovation programs for your agency, here’s a five-step process to help guide you:
Civic innovation may be the solution to many public sector challenges. It is transforming communities and economies all around, and it just might work for your agency, too.
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