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The National Injury Insurance Agency Queensland in partnership with Queensland University of Technology is revolutionising support for those severely injured in accidents by offering a digital platform for easier access to services and self-management. This initiative provides a seamless, empowering user experience, enhancing independence and trust in public support systems. It's innovative because it transforms traditional, paper-based processes into an accessible, efficient digital solution.
People are demanding increased transparency and participation in government decision-making processes. Project Heart brought together people with lived experience, researchers, designers, and policy analysts to co-envision a way for engagement to be meaningful and bring about more caring and equitable futures for all. The findings are a rallying call for governments to change common practices and move towards co-designing policies/programs as a path to (re)building community relationships.
In New Zealand, a new unit in the Ministry for the Environment / Manatū Mō Te Taiao was set up. This new unit was a deliberate decision to focus on behavioural science, systems thinking, design thinking and human system-dynamics to help the organisation, designing for the systems we focus on. It is innovative because it is bringing this type of thinking together in a single team, embedding this in a policy organisation, using the multidisciplinary skills.
Launched in 2021, the Smart Agriculture Boxes Project aimed to address critical challenges faced by farmers in Mpumalanga South Africa through the creation of an growing box.  These challenges included limited land availability, water scarcity, and the imperative for sustainable agricultural practices. The box has a water-efficient design, maximizes crop yields, and is mobile and relocatable. The initiative recognized the profound impact of these issues on food security, poverty, and…
The Digital Agency spearheaded the Policy Data Dashboard Project with an agile approach to visualize policy progress and propogate a culture centered on data. The project aims to effectively integrate data into policymaking by first creating an intuitive dashboard interface. To disseminate this data-centered culture, the project members are developing a design system guideline to empower civil servants in other central ministries and local administrations to create dashboards independently.
Fish production within water supply reservoirs is an important socioeconomic activity, but it causes pollution due to the significant release of nutrients into the water. This project developed a new tool that has assisted government in making decisions regarding the permitted input loads of nutrients from fish farms. Before the project, there was no methodology to predict the permitted pollutant loads for a sustainable management of reservoirs located in tropical semiarid regions. The hope is…
The Government of Ekiti State is working with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Governance Lab (MIT/GOVLAB) and has developed a community-based reporting system called “E-Surv”. E-Surv enables the participation of community members in public health surveillance by reporting public health events/emergencies, to activate a time-efficient government-led responses. This E-Surv which has been piloted in the State will create an early warning system for disease surveillance and laboratory…
Survey figures spoke an alarming truth about a lack of awareness in the public of the risks of the flu and Covid-19, especially when they were circulating at the same time, alongside the essential protection that the vaccines provide. This meant that there was a need for a tool that provided instant access to a trusted voice (the NHS) to cut through misinformation and confusion caused online and to encourage vaccination. The 'NHS Winter Vaccines Virtual Helper' was developed to become that tool.
Louth County Council has piloted a new training resource, the Healthy Ireland Design Innovation (HIDI), which assists cross-departmental staff to apply the principles and goals of ‘universal design’ to their local economic and community planning activities. Taking a ‘universal design’ approach provides an ‘awareness framework’ to align innovation across the varying strands of local service and activity planning. As a result, staff can better plan for the integrated health, wellbeing,…
The UK government launched a new “youth hub” offer of employment services to young people affected by the disruption of the covid-19 pandemic. Through four days of workshops with key stakeholders, which included engaging young people, Impetus ran a theory of change process to enable one of the flagship hubs to co-design their new service to best serve young people. This is the first time that Impetus has applied its theory of change tools, and its impact focus to a government policy…