Welcome to the Mass Innovation blog!
In my role as Government Innovation Officer (GIO), I have been charged with looking at how the various operations of the Commonwealth state government can be streamlined by leveraging innovations.
To begin, I went on a “listening tour” — speaking with a cross section of leaders across the various agencies in the Commonwealth. My goal was to get an initial understanding of the mission of the organization, to hear the needs of that organization’s “customers,” and to understand where there might be “opportunities for innovation” and improvement.
I literally received hundreds of comments and suggestions from insightful leaders within the Commonwealth. Distilled from that listening tour was the creation of a framework which articulated principles which should guide customer-facing activities. I called this framework the GIO’s 10 A’s. You can learn more about the GIO’s 10 A’s by clicking here.
On a regular basis, this blog will publish articles which profile some of our innovation projects and learnings. You will hear about “cool,” past innovative projects which are completed and are already providing value to the Commonwealth. And you will hear about new projects, which will continue our progress in becoming a 10A Organization (i.e. an organization which operates excellently, in accord with the GIO’s 10A’s framework).
We are committed to continuously changing the way government does business by finding efficiencies and implementing current, innovative strategies from business and government leaders. Many of the initiatives you will read about here will save taxpayer dollars while improving access to critical services. Some of the articles will be written by me, while other articles will be written by leaders who are spearheading various innovative initiatives.
We will also periodically post articles on this blog about Commonwealth initiatives to attract and retain innovative individuals and businesses to the Commonwealth. (In fact, you may notice that we have retained archived blog articles on this site which describe some of the Commonwealth’s previous innovation economic development activities.)
Our goal is to have you join us as a participant in our journey, as we foster Continuous Innovation for a More Productive Commonwealth.
We look forward to sharing with you as our journey unfolds.
Mass EduData Challenge Marks its Third Week posted on Jun 24
The Mass EduData Challenge, an education-centered civic data challenge, just completed its third week. Since the May 28th launch at Cambridge hacker space, hack/reduce the challenge has seen a steady increase in participants. The goal of the challenge participants is to enhance educational tools and …Continue Reading Mass EduData Challenge Marks its Third Week
COMMBUYS Provides New Web Platform for Commonwealth Businesses/Government Commerce posted on Jun 23
In 1997, a new web-based bid solicitation system called Comm-PASS was launched by the Commonwealth. At the time, it was considered cutting edge. Unfortunately as time progressed, Comm-PASS no longer adequately met customer demand. Accordingly, the Operational Services Division (OSD) sought to create something better. …Continue Reading COMMBUYS Provides New Web Platform for Commonwealth Businesses/Government Commerce
Developers Dive into Educational Data at the Mass EduData Challenge Kickoff posted on Jun 3
The Mass EduData Challenge, a six-week open data competition, held its official kickoff event on Wednesday, May 28th at hack/reduce. This education-focused civic hacking competition challenges developers to enhance educational outcomes by leveraging public data sets maintained by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education …Continue Reading Developers Dive into Educational Data at the Mass EduData Challenge Kickoff