The last year has been productive and exciting for the Patrick administration as we have moved forward on our innovation agenda within Massachusetts state government.
During Fiscal Year 2013 (FY13), the following activities were completed:
- Assessed needs and “opportunities for innovation” among the Commonwealth executive branch agencies;
- Created guiding principles (the 10 A’s), which articulate innovation themes for inclusion in all activities and projects;
- Identified, supported and implemented an initial set of innovation projects to advance the Commonwealth innovation agenda;
- Conducted training sessions (through various formats and media) to communicate the importance of innovation and to propagate “innovation DNA” throughout the Commonwealth executive branch; and,
- Created innovation communication channels across Social Media platforms to promote Commonwealth innovation activity.
In FY14, we are targeting the completion of additional innovation projects which will further advance the Commonwealth’s innovation agenda.
The recently published 2013 Annual Report of the Office of the Government Innovation Officer (OGIO) describes the above activities in greater detail:
(If you print the document, please print in landscape orientation rather than portrait orientation.)
We are also pleased that we completed the procurement of our web-based innovation crowdsourcing tool (which we are internally referring to as iCatalyst, the Massachusetts innovation engine). iCatalyst will provide a mechanism for us to effectively solicit, organize and prioritize innovative ideas from a variety of internal and external constituencies. We are currently in the process of planning and rolling out early projects on the iCatalyst platform. More information will be coming in the near future as we proceed on this front.
We look forward to further progress on this journey, as we foster continuous innovation for a more productive Commonwealth.
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