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Beyond Ideas - Enabling a culture of innovation for improved public services

The Innovation Lab and CES have been working together under The Goal Programme for Public Service Reform and Innovation. The Programme aims to equip public servants to deliver change in public services in Ireland and Northern Ireland, in order to improve outcomes for people using services in areas such as health, education, mental health, and for children and young people. The Innovation Lab engaged support from CES to bring a greater focus on implementation, and to help them to explore the gap between innovation and implementation.


This report explores the state of innovation in the public sector in Northern Ireland. It summarises themes and views emerging from a wide ranging consultation with senior leaders and staff in the Northern Ireland Civil Service (NICS).