Government Innovation in North America
The challenges facing metropolitan areas - including decreasing social mobility, climate change, and pandemics - are more complex than ever.
There are no obvious answers to these problems. Addressing them will require new governance models and a combination of technological, social, and political solutions.
An emerging paradigm of government innovation
To make progress against these issues, public sector leaders must embrace a new approach to governance rooted in experimentation, acceptance of failures, and learning. This approach recognizes that all public servants can (and should be) innovators, progress moves at the speed of trust, and frontline workers and residents have the best understanding of problems and potential solutions.
Indeed, there is evidence all around us that a new movement of government innovation is emerging in cities and counties all across North America. However, the work has just begun, and these public problem-solvers need support to bring new ways of thinking about city innovation to the mainstream.
Committed to supporting public sector innovators
We partner with public sector leaders to innovate with intention, building capabilities, cultures and examples of government innovation that can enable leaders to tackle complex problems.
CPI’s Government Innovation team has worked with hundreds of local governments, equipping public problem solvers with core skills, government research and lessons to support them as they co-create solutions to pressing challenges in partnership with communities.
700+ local governments engaged in introductory design sprints
90+ local governments engaged in innovation capability and culture building programs
600+ public servants trained in core innovation methodologies and culture building
CPI's Government Innovation team has been proud to partner with the following organizations:
Government innovation research and projects
Just a selection of the ways we have equipped public problem solvers with core skills, government research, and lessons and to supporting them as they co-create solutions to pressing challenges in partnership with communities.
CPI partnered with Bloomberg Philanthropies in 2018 and 2021 to design and deliver the Mayors Challenge, a city-based competition to uncover the most innovative ideas to today’s most pressing challenges. In 2021, the Challenge scaled to be a global competition.
Innovation Training Program
CPI is partnering with Bloomberg Philanthropies to design and manage the Innovation Training Program, where interdisciplinary city teams build core innovation capabilities as they design, test, and prototype solutions to a pressing city problem.
The Opportunity Project for Cities (TOPcities)
CPI partnered with the Beeck Center, Knight Foundation, and Google.org to address pressing problems related to COVID-19 during a 16-week design sprint that brings together community leaders, city government, technology partners, and the power of open data.
Pandemic Solutions Group
CPI partnered with the Rockefeller Foundation to stand up and manage the Pandemic Solutions Group, a network of public officials spanning U.S. cities, states, counties, and tribal nations devoted to rapidly scaling COVID-19 testing, tracing, and vaccinations.
Future of U.S. Cities
CPI partnered with the Aspen Institute Center for Urban Innovation and BCG to interview over 45 city leaders and understand how governments are evolving their approach to innovation in order to address their most pressing community challenges.
Failing Forward in Local Government
CPI is partnering with the National Association of County Administrators to support a cohort of counties in building cultures and capabilities that enable innovation and recognize the importance of learning from government failure.
How to Fail Forward: A Framework for Fostering Innovation in the Public Sector
CPI partnered with the Aspen Institute Center for Urban Innovation to work with 20 departments across six local governments and over 150 public servants in order to understand why it is so hard to learn from failure in government and what can be done.
Bloomberg-Harvard City Leadership Initiative: Innovation Track
CPI is partnering with Bloomberg Philanthropies and Harvard University to design and manage the Innovation Track, where interdisciplinary city teams build innovation capabilities as they design, test, and prototype solutions to a pressing city problem.
Work with CPI to accelerate government innovation
We are seeking dynamic partners and funders to expand our government innovation work. If your organization is interested in reimagining government to build a better future for North American cities and counties, we want to hear from you!