Data to catalyse change

Innovation Barometer

A tool for measuring and improving innovation
in the public sector.

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How can we support system-level innovation?

Senior leaders in the NZ public sector see innovation as a strategic driver

But they don’t have a good way to measure it...

... and you can’t manage what you don’t measure.

Data to catalyse change

In response, we created a cross-government tool that provides organisations with rich data and insights on their innovative ability. We then co-create actions and case studies to improve and track progress over time.

Open for new organisations

After a pilot with four government organisations in 2020, we’re seeking more organisations to join.

Aggregate results

Here are the aggregate results from four organisations — increasing soon.

Participating organisations

Waikato District Council

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Health Quality & Safety Commission

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Ministry of Health

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Creative HQ

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Social Wellbeing Agency

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Ministry for the Environment

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Energy Efficiency & Conservation Authority

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Wellington City Council

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Hear from our pilot partners

"On the back of the Barometer process we established a series of partnerships and activities, and hooked into our organisational strategy. It worked."
Thomas Murray
Ministry for the Environment strategic partnerships
"The Barometer is the underlying platform for how we are improving as a business."
Andrew Caseley
Chief Executive, Energy Efficiency & Conservation Authority
“It's a powerful way to build capability and repeat findings and insights across government.”
Atawhai Tibble
Social Wellbeing Agency, Chief Advisor - Māori

Case studies

Read about the approaches taken by innovative projects from across the NZ public service and how you can absorb lessons into your work.

Learn how Wellington City Council (WCC) turned resource consent legislation into code and a logic questionnaire to help customers provide more robust, reliable information to inform Council consent decisions.

Learn how the Social Wellbeing Agency (SWA) co-created a policy using a community-focused approach to ensure people’s data and information is collected, stored, accessed and shared in a respectful, trusted, and transparent way.

Read how the Ministry For the Environment (MFE) took a new collaborative approach to organisational redesign to ensure staff and leadership buy-in.

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