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Victorian public servants will have the opportunity to be randomly matched with others for coffee dates, as part of the government’s plan to foster links across silos and bolster innovation.
That is just one of many initiatives planned by Victoria in its new Public Sector Innovation Strategy, released on Tuesday.The plan acknowledges that plenty of innovative thinking is already happening, so the best way to drive further ideas is to connect people better and provide tools and case studies so they can learn from one another.
Six themes repeatedly came up in conversations around innovation in the public service, says the document:
“This strategy helps to find, encourage and support change that adds value across the public sector. We need to unlock good intent and talent, share examples and experiences, and learn from each other,” says Chris Eccles, secretary of the Department of Premier and Cabinet.
“At our best, we all contribute our different skills and roles to generate more public value, shaped by the common purpose of creating a better society.”
To kick off progress, the government has outlined a series of actions it will undertake:
A review will look at the implementation of the strategy in June 2018 to ensure it’s on track to see what can be improved.
The government is keen for people to get involved. “The actions we propose need your input and participation to make sure what develops is useful and sustained. Please get in touch if you would like to tell us your story, sign up for VPS coffee dates or volunteer to trial any of the other initiatives,” says the strategy.
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