Ask a passerby to name an innovative organisation and a familiar list soon appears: Apple, 3M, Google, eBay, etc. Less known are the innovative agencies in the public sector focused on finding new and better ways to tackle social issues such as crime, poverty, and educational underachievement.

Vicki Sellick wrote this installment of a weekly column on government innovation produced by the Young Foundation in partnership with the Centre for American Progress’ (CAP) Doing What Works team and the Bellwether Education Partners, as part of the “Innovation for the Public Good” series supported by the Rockefeller Foundation.

Posted on: 1 October 2011 Authors: Vicki Sellick,


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