Federal Ideation Community of Practice ( i CoP) Presenter: Elizabeth Kittrie Senior Policy Analyst, HHS [email_address]
What is  i CoP? <ul><li>i CoP is trans-governmental interest group that promotes, facilitates, and evaluates the integrati...
What is the origin of iCoP? <ul><li>iCoP was established in November 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>White House interest in the us...
Idea Factory <ul><li>Transportation Security Administration developed IdeaFactory in 2007 to connect its widely distribute...
Sounding Board <ul><li>At the State Department, Secretary Clinton proposed the development of Sounding Board to enable for...
Idea Lab <ul><li>At HHS, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention developed Idea Lab to “connect people and make goo...
Benefits of Ideation Tools <ul><li>Great way to leverage the good ideas and creative thinking that exists within agencies....
Key Learnings <ul><li>Senior and mid-level leadership support and participation are essential.  </li></ul><ul><li>Signific...
Who participates in  i CoP? <ul><li>Open to any gov’t employee from any federal agency that is deploying or interested in ...
Meeting Topics (Dec 09 – June 10) <ul><li>Tool Selection:  How do you choose the “right” ideation tool for your agency’s n...
Please join us! <ul><li>If you would like to be added to the mailing list, contact  [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Next...
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Federal Ideation Community of Practice (iCoP)

  1. 1. Federal Ideation Community of Practice ( i CoP) Presenter: Elizabeth Kittrie Senior Policy Analyst, HHS [email_address]
  2. 2. What is i CoP? <ul><li>i CoP is trans-governmental interest group that promotes, facilitates, and evaluates the integration of idea-generating and rating tools in the federal place (“ideation tools”). </li></ul><ul><li>Ideation tools are web-enabled technologies that enable open innovation through the use of users submitting written ideas so that broad audiences can review, comment, and rate them. </li></ul>
  3. 3. What is the origin of iCoP? <ul><li>iCoP was established in November 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>White House interest in the use of social networking technology platforms to improve government performance. </li></ul><ul><li>White paper developed in Fall 2009 by HHS-USDA-OSTP for the White House Innovation and Information Policy Working Group on the use of idea generation platforms within the federal government. </li></ul><ul><li>Growing interest among federal agencies in deploying ideation tools, but little common shared experiences or knowledge. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Idea Factory <ul><li>Transportation Security Administration developed IdeaFactory in 2007 to connect its widely distributed workforce, enable better communication among their workers, and to submit ideas to solve vexing problems. </li></ul><ul><li>As of June 2009, there were: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>9,291 ideas </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>76,383 comments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>255,506 ratings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>25,000+ users </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Over 40 new programs </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Sounding Board <ul><li>At the State Department, Secretary Clinton proposed the development of Sounding Board to enable foreign service officers to communicate with their colleagues and organizational leadership. </li></ul><ul><li>Tool was seeded with an agency-wide challenge from Secretary Clinton asking employees for ways to improve their work environment. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Idea Lab <ul><li>At HHS, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention developed Idea Lab to “connect people and make good ideas better” for CDC. </li></ul><ul><li>IdeaLab is a peer-to-peer network that provides a mechanism for agency-wide idea generation and problem solving through harnessing the collective wisdom of CDC staff stationed around the world. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Benefits of Ideation Tools <ul><li>Great way to leverage the good ideas and creative thinking that exists within agencies. </li></ul><ul><li>Excellent mechanism for connecting a disparate workforce over common ideas. </li></ul><ul><li>Useful for engaging the agency personnel in solving vexing problems (for example, the tool can be used to host “challenge questions” to solve vexing problems). </li></ul><ul><li>Helps to build a sense of community engagement. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Key Learnings <ul><li>Senior and mid-level leadership support and participation are essential. </li></ul><ul><li>Significant human capital is needed to successfully manage an ideation tool. </li></ul><ul><li>Long-term success is dependent on acknowledgement of the innovators. </li></ul><ul><li>A good communications and growth strategy is essential (support has to be built up – it doesn’t happen the day of the launch). </li></ul><ul><li>Importance of building a culture around the tool. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Who participates in i CoP? <ul><li>Open to any gov’t employee from any federal agency that is deploying or interested in learning about ideation tools. </li></ul><ul><li>Members come from a variety of backgrounds, such as program administrators, IT system administrators, public affairs managers, and human resources specialists, among others. </li></ul><ul><li>Currently, over 120 people participate in the monthly meetings and web portal representing more than 30 federal agencies. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Meeting Topics (Dec 09 – June 10) <ul><li>Tool Selection: How do you choose the “right” ideation tool for your agency’s needs? </li></ul><ul><li>Getting Started: How do you get an Ideation Tool started? What resources are needed? </li></ul><ul><li>Building a Culture around Ideation Tools: How do you catalyze cultural change that supports transparency and collaboration? </li></ul><ul><li>Idea Evaluation and Implementation: How do you evaluate promising ideas? How do you find sources of potential funding for these ideas? </li></ul><ul><li>Site Engagement Issues: How do you build self-sustaining communities? What are techniques for keeping a site fresh and exciting? </li></ul><ul><li>Metrics: What analytics do agencies use to measure the impact of idea sharing tools? </li></ul>
  11. 11. Please join us! <ul><li>If you would like to be added to the mailing list, contact [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Next meeting: April 13, 2010 from 3:00-4:30 pm at the White House Conference Center </li></ul>

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