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Unleashing Innovation: A Closer Look at Execution

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Using our Innovation Framework, Accenture conducted a global study of government innovation, Mark Howard takes a look at Execution, one of the five pillars of innovation.

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Unleashing Innovation: A Closer Look at Execution

  1. 1. ACLOSER LOOK AT EXECUTION UNLEASHING INNOVATION:
  2. 2. Using our Innovation Framework, Accenture conducted a global study of government innovation. This report focuses on the Execution pillar. STUDYING GOVERNMENT INNOVATION Copyright © 2018 Accenture. All rights reserved. 2 EXECUTION A sound process and the right skills for turning ideas into a reality STRATEGY ABSORPTIONIDEATION IMPACT & BENEFITS
  3. 3. Execution requires a sound process and the right skills for turning ideas into a reality, which includes: STUDYING GOVERNMENT INNOVATION Copyright © 2018 Accenture. All rights reserved. 3 Rigorously evaluating results of every POC. Evaluating ideas. Testing ideas with a Proof of Concept (POC). Scaling the best ideas. What have we learned from our global survey about executing innovation in government?
  4. 4. Copyright © 2018 Accenture. All rights reserved. 4 GOVERNMENTS 47% that implement innovations in 6 to 12 months GOVERNMENTS 38% that implement innovations in 12 to 18 months GOVERNMENTS 77% Moving from pilot to broad implementation at scale is a significant challenge MOVING QUICKLY, BUT NOT SCALING EASILY Governments report rapid movement from POC to reality.
  5. 5. Accenture’s study revealed a strong focus on “marketing” government innovation–that is, displaying & promoting benefits. SAYING IT LOUD, SAYING IT PROUD Copyright © 2018 Accenture. All rights reserved. 5 PUBLIC AGENCIES CONSULTING FIRMS CITIZENS Stay tuned for more on this when we share the findings of the Impact & Benefits pillar. GOVERNMENTS 83% that report they are “strong” or “very strong” on this front GOVERNMENTS 80% that use soft and hard metrics to report results, creating a continuous loop of feedback and improvement
  6. 6. Governments expect the partners they select in public tender to bring innovation to the table. COUNTING ON PARTNERS FOR INNOVATION Copyright © 2018 Accenture. All rights reserved. 6 GOVERNMENTS 73% that say price and innovation have equal weight or innovation is more important than price
  7. 7. Accenture’s survey findings point to a clear set of practices that leaders* are pursuing to improve execution: EMULATE WHAT WORKS Copyright © 2018 Accenture. All rights reserved. 7 Invest in and implement prototype testing: Use design thinking methods: Devote physical space to innovation: Offer coaching and mentoring support: Adopt mobility programs to “import” skills from other departments or from outside the agency: 47.9% 32.2% LEADERS EVERYONE ELSE 47.9% 29.8% 72.9% 35.9% 52.1% 30.9% 50.0% 33.3% *Learn more about what distinguishes Government Innovation Leaders: https://www.accenture.com/t20180126T034905Z__w__/us-en/_acnmedia/PDF-70/Accenture-Learn-From-the-Leaders-POV.pdf#zoom=50
  8. 8. Copyright © 2018 Accenture. All rights reserved. 8 WHAT STANDS IN THE WAY?
  9. 9. WHAT STANDS IN THE WAY? Copyright © 2018 Accenture. All rights reserved. 9 PUBLIC AGENCIES CONSULTING FIRMS CITIZENS Governments are unlikely to be surprised by what emerged as the most pervasive challenges. GOVERNMENTS 83% report a lack of technological capabilities GOVERNMENTS 82% that have budgetary constraints
  10. 10. WHAT STANDS IN THE WAY? Copyright © 2018 Accenture. All rights reserved. 10 PUBLIC AGENCIES CONSULTING FIRMS CITIZENSStay tuned for more on these two challenges when we share findings related to the Absorption pillar. There are other interesting challenges as well: GOVERNMENTS 77% that have a risk-averse culture GOVERNMENTS 73% that have a lack of support from leadership and key decision makers
  11. 11. The study also uncovered an interesting trend that reinforces the importance of greater innovation. INNOVATION DIVIDENDS Copyright © 2018 Accenture. All rights reserved. 11 We’ll explore that more when we share findings on the Impact & Benefits pillar. RESPONDENTS 59% That report they can use innovation savings in other parts of their budget
  12. 12. Accenture found that when governments are executing innovation, user experience skills in particular seem to be in short supply. HELP WANTED: SKILLS IN SHORT SUPPLY Copyright © 2018 Accenture. All rights reserved. 12 GOVERNMENTS 62% report needing more access to User Experience (UX) design skills report needing more access to Design Thinking skills report needing more access to User Research skills
  13. 13. Accenture research and experience point to the importance of these four steps: READY TO IMPROVE INNOVATION EXECUTION? Copyright © 2018 Accenture. All rights reserved. 13 Go talk with your citizens Assess skills (technical AND soft) Put a process in place Think like entrepreneurs
  14. 14. Set up a structured mechanism for uncovering CITIZENS’ NEEDS. Be disciplined and consistent in asking citizens WHAT’S WORKING —and what’s not— in your context. GO TALK WITH YOUR CITIZENS Copyright © 2018 Accenture. All rights reserved. 14
  15. 15. Evaluating POC results. PUT A PROCESS IN PLACE Copyright © 2018 Accenture. All rights reserved. 15 Evaluating ideas, including articulating expected benefits and clear ways of measuring them. Executing proofs of concept. Evaluating results once in production. Be rigorous in Execution, with a strong tie to the Impact & Benefits of innovation. Establish a strong practice for each step of Execution: Scaling quickly to production.
  16. 16. Embrace iterative, agile methods: THINK LIKE ENTREPRENEURS Copyright © 2018 Accenture. All rights reserved. 16 Be willing to rapidly change course. Run a portfolio of Execution activities based on calculated risks. Understand the value of “failing fast” and then correcting course. Build the discipline to end at any point in the cycle based on how well or poorly benefits are realized.
  17. 17. Perform an objective evaluation of your skills gaps. Where gaps exist, determine if you truly need those skills. Where you need skills but have gaps, fill them through partners. ASSESS SKILLS (TECHNICAL AND ‘SOFT’) Copyright © 2018 Accenture. All rights reserved. 17 Watch for more in our future discussions on the Impact & Benefits pillar.
  18. 18. AUSTRALIA UNITEDKINGDOM SOUTHAFRICA IRELAND GERMANY ITALYFRANCE UNITEDSTATES BRAZIL CANADA In October 2017, Accenture surveyed 591 METHODOLOGY Copyright © 2018 Accenture. All rights reserved. 18 RESPONDENTS From 10 countries
  19. 19. Respondents represented the following levels of government: Copyright © 2018 Accenture. All rights reserved. 19 Respondents represented these segments within government: 38% Local 38% State/Regional/Provincial 24% National/Federal 7% Healthcare Payor (Health Insurance) – Public/Government 7% Healthcare Provider – Public/Government Managed 86% Public Service (other than Education) – Government Agency
  20. 20. Government agency respondents represented these functions: Copyright © 2018 Accenture. All rights reserved. 20 15% Centralized Administration 18% Employment Services 11% Policing/Justice 5% Defense 18% Social Services/ Welfare 14% Revenue/Tax 8% Pensions 8% Border Services/Customs 3% Other
  21. 21. CONTACT MARK HOWARD Global Administration Segment Lead Public Service, Accenture ABOUT ACCENTURE Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries and all business functions — underpinned by the world’s largest delivery network —Accenture works at the intersection of business and technology to help clients improve their performance and create sustainable value for their stakeholders. With approximately 435,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries, Accenture drives innovation to improve the way the world works and lives. For more information visit us at http://www.accenture.com/GovBackOffice

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