What is the OPSI Toolkit Navigator?
Toolkits are a great way to share innovative methods and practices. A plethora of free innovation toolkits, playbooks and guides exist to help people identify, develop and practice necessary skills and apply new ways of reaching an outcome. But how does one know where to start or which one is suitable for each context or purpose? The OPSI team can help provide this advice to governments – but because our team is small, we developed a “Toolkit Navigator” (a toolkit of toolkits) to provide basic support for getting started. Depending on your needs, our Toolkit Navigator helps you orient around a vast collection of innovation toolkits to find the ones best suited to you and your situation and needs.
How does it work?
The Toolkit Navigator provides a navigation pathway to the hundreds of freely available innovation toolkits created by authors in the public, private, academic and not-for-profit sectors. Based on your needs—whether you want to learn something, create something, or connect with others—the resource will guide you to toolkits, people, and information to get you started. It contains information about common methodologies used for public sector innovation, links to relevant government case studies involving those methodologies in practice, access to a network of public sector innovators, and a living library of toolkits, a curated and organised collection representing different areas of innovation practice. It contains toolkits that were suggested by the innovation community (if you have one to add, please share it), community reviews, and, where the publisher agrees, also contains editable source files for you to download and adapt to your own context.
Who made the Toolkit Navigator?
The research behind the Toolkit Navigator was supported by the European Commission H2020 and was developed by the OPSI team. It is in beta form and was developed through an iterative process involving user research and usability testing with public sector staff. Initial research occurred during 2016-2017 and the beta resource now online. OPSI will continue to maintain the Toolkit Navigator beta and test it with users while seeking partnerships to support its ongoing, iterative development.
A team of external advisers and global thought leaders are instrumental in guiding the development of the Toolkit Navigator.
How can I get involved?
- If you have you reused or adapted an existing toolkit or know of a toolkit we forgot about, add it to the Toolkit Navigator. It is what makes the resource a “living library” Propose your addition here.
- If you have thoughts about a particular toolkit, add your comments and reviews. These help others know if the toolkit is right for them. Free OPSI community registration enables you to add comments. Register here.
- If you have feedback about the Toolkit Navigator or would like to see it function in a different way, we welcome your feedback.
- If you know governments in need of innovation or public sector staff looking for new ways of approaching their work, please share the Toolkit Navigator with them.
OPSI is currently seeking partnerships for the long-term product development of the Toolkit Navigator as well as content curation partners who can help us ensure that we are evolving along with innovation practices. If you have resources or expertise to contribute, please contact us at [email protected]