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Innovation Training

Working with city teams build core innovation capabilities to solve a pressing city problem.

CPI and Innovation Training

CPI partnered with Bloomberg Philanthropies to design and manage Innovation Training, where interdisciplinary city teams build core innovation capabilities as they design, test, and prototype solutions to a pressing city problem.

About Innovation Training

CPI delivers Innovation Training in partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies. Innovation Training helps cities adopt cutting-edge innovation techniques that engage residents in testing, adapting, and scaling ideas with the potential for long-term impact. 

Participating cities receive nine months of tailored coaching to learn about design concepts and implement them in their city.

Innovation Training by the numbers


12 U.S. cities participated in Innovation Training


127 city staff received Path to Innovation training


515+ residents engaged during Innovation Training


83 initiatives considered for implementation from a total of 4000 generated ideas


48 ideas prototyped during Innovation Training


53 new initiatives in progress using design-based approach taught in Innovation Training

City experience

City participants reported on their experience in Innovation Training, delivered virtually during the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • 99% of participants would recommend Innovation Training to a colleague

  • 92% of participants believe their City Hall is more open to innovation after Innovation Training

  • 99% of participants believe Innovation Training equipped them to generate deeper impact in their communities

  • 99% of participants now understand the power of design-based innovation in government