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Open Government and Innovation


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This presentation was made by Giovanni Carnaroli of the US DOT and Jenn Gustetic of Phase One Consulting Group at the OpenGov Community Summit on Oct 13, 2010.

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Open Government and Innovation

  1. 1. <ul><ul><li>Driving Innovation through Collaboration | 10.13.2010 </li></ul></ul>Open Government and Innovation Giovanni Carnaroli (DOT) and Jenn Gustetic (@jenngustetic)
  2. 2. Open Gov Directive (Dec 2009) OMB Memo on Challenges and Prizes (Mar 2010) Agency Open Gov Plans (Apr 2010) President’s Innovation Agenda (Sep 2009) OMB Guidance on Collecting Feedback from the Public (June 2010) President’s Open Government Memorandum (Jan 2009) CONOPS (Feb 2010) (May 2009) DOT’s IdeaHub (Aug 2010) Apps for Army (Jun 2010) Education’s Innovation Portal (Apr 2010) Automotive X-Prize (Sep 2010) It’s remarkable how much activity and intellectual capital have focused on Open Gov and innovation related work recently Agency Implementation Plans (Oct 2010) Agencies are experimenting with apps contests, data release and visualization, social media, ideation and other Open Gov related efforts. HHS and VA’s Blue Button for Veterans and Medicare beneficiaries (Oct 2010) GSA’s (Sep 2010) But it’s important we don’t stop here... Strategy and Planning Experimentation
  3. 3. From an initiative-to-initiative mentality to an innovation vision…. Establishing a culture of innovation that has permanence, is institutionalized, and directly improves mission delivery is paramount. Open Government initiatives are only part of what is required to achieve an innovative agency culture.
  4. 4. Some examples of transforming Agency and stakeholder culture leveraging innovation tactics… Organization Tactic Success Story NASA ‘s Innovative Partnerships Program (IPP) Office <ul><li>Prizes, Challenges, and Grants </li></ul><ul><li>Partnerships </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Annually, the IPP puts $250,000 on the table for their IPP Seed Fund. This competition calls for innovative ideas from each of their 10 centers with proposed partnering. Of the 100 or so funding applications, 10 or 20 or selected for testing. Essentially, the IPP money is tripled as NASA Center and a third party must match. </li></ul></ul>Department of Education’s Office of Innovation <ul><li>Prizes, Challenges, and Grants </li></ul><ul><li>Idea Generation </li></ul><ul><li>Creative Funding Strategies </li></ul>The Department of Education has developed an innovation portal for people to come together to identify the best ideas to improve schools. Education stakeholders of all types can spotlight areas of need, propose and suggest improvements to solutions, and fund, implement, and improve these solutions in and outside of the classroom. Department of Homeland Security, TSA’s Business Transformation and Culture (BTC) <ul><li>Idea Generation </li></ul><ul><li>Developing Human Capital </li></ul>BTC was the driving force of transforming the culture of DHS. With a focus on collaboration, enhancing the quality of leadership, and empowering employees and their engagement levels, BTC pushed forward on training programs and launching of senior knowledge management efforts to meet these goals. This office launched IdeaFactory at TSA.
  5. 5. DOT is moving full steam ahead to create a culture of innovation… <ul><li>To date our efforts have been focused on Open Government to demonstrate the value of innovation efforts. </li></ul><ul><li>However DOT is actively indentifying new ways to broaden it’s thinking and strategies to create a culture of innovation. </li></ul>
  6. 6. DOT’s Transparency Efforts drive towards an innovation vision… DOT’s mission can be furthered through the strategic release and visualization of high-value data. Several Open Government related initiatives are creating the infrastructure for an innovative transportation ecosystem that leverages data-driven decision making and includes our stakeholders, experts and the public. Policy Working Group
  7. 7. Check out DOT’s beta version data inventory on our website… <ul><li>The DOT released version 1.0 of our high-value data inventory as of September 30, 2010 on . </li></ul><ul><li>The list identifies a large set of raw data and other information we hope will be of interest to the public.  </li></ul><ul><li>The DOT high-value data inventory has been scored in accordance with our Interim Identification & Prioritization Process and Guidelines (v1.0) . </li></ul><ul><li>Data inventories are a critical first step in creating an innovation ecosystem around data. </li></ul>
  8. 8. DOT’s IdeaHub Program furthers the principles of innovation and openness within the walls of DOT <ul><li>IdeaHub is an online community for DOT employees that facilitates collaboration throughout the DOT, including both the Office of the Secretary and the Operating Administrations (OAs). </li></ul><ul><li>The program and website ( ) launched August 3. </li></ul><ul><li>IdeaHub is more than a Website; ideation requires resources to evaluate and implement great ideas. </li></ul>Indicator Quantity (and counting…) Ideas Submitted 1,295 Comments on Ideas 3,340 Ratings on Ideas 15,130 Employees Logged On 5,208 (2,327 come back multiple times)
  9. 9. DOT has been leveraging prizes and competitions for several years in “innovation pockets”…
  10. 10. <ul><li>Read the President’s Strategy for American Innovation. </li></ul><ul><li>Identify other innovation leaders in you agency. </li></ul><ul><li>Bring those innovation leaders to these cross-agency events. </li></ul><ul><li>Broaden the conversation to one of innovation. </li></ul><ul><li>Leverage Open Gov pilots as success stories for innovation. </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t limit yourself!! </li></ul>So how does this all apply to the Open Government Community at large? I