Joint LDC Fellowship winners Lis Cowey, Principal Advisor on Strategy, Change and Performance, The Treasury, and Sally Washington, Programme Manager, The Policy Project, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet have begun their study and research project. They are looking at public sector leadership in design thinking and innovation methods across the policy and implementation spectrum.
Lis and Sally have now completed the Design thinking for innovative business problem solving course at the University of Virginia, Darden School of Business.
Next, they will visit innovation and policy units and organisations in New York to see the real-world application of innovation and design methods, leadership of innovation projects and supporting design functions.
Visiting more organisations in London, the Fellows will see how innovation capabilities and functions feed into policy and service design and delivery.
Finally, in May, Lis and Sally will have the opportunity to make international comparisons at the Observatory of Public Sector Innovation arm of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris.
Lis and Sally are blogging about their study and research and the insights they are gaining.
LDC Fellowships aim to help senior leaders make performance improvements to the public sector. Each Fellowship theme provides a valuable focus for research and study and includes looking at how others have approached similar challenges.