Innovation Toolkit – Draft innovation values module

[Originally published on the Australian Government Public Sector Innovation Network under a Creative Commons 3.0 BY AU licence]

We have previously prepared and asked for comments on two draft Innovation Toolkit modules – ideas management systems and mechanisms of challenge. Today we would like your thoughts on the draft module we have prepared on innovation values.

As mentioned, for each of the tools identified in Empowering Change: Fostering Innovation in the Australian Public Service we are developing a ‘module’ to try and provide you with information about how the tools can be used.

Innovation values are principles that embody an organisation’s attitudes and beliefs about innovation. Many organisations have corporate values, and innovation values can fit beneath those.

These values can help give staff and stakeholders a better understanding of the agency’s approach and attitude towards innovation. They can be important contributors in developing, shaping or changing an organisation’s innovation culture.

The module (PDF) (RTF) looks at innovation values and how they might assist an organisation in embedding innovation, including some examples of what innovation values can look like.

We would appreciate your comments on the module. There are two areas in particular where we could use your assistance:

    • Are you aware of any examples of specific innovation values being used in a public sector agency in Australia?
    • If you were introducing innovation values in your organisation, is there anything else you think you would need to consider?