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Innovation Training

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

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About the program

A program executed in partnership with the Bloomberg Center for Public Innovation that supports interdisciplinary teams to build core innovation capacities 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.



25 governments nationwide participated in the Innovation Training Program


285 government employees have received training through the Innovation Training Program


2218 local residents have engaged with the Innovation Training Program across the nation


99% of surveyed participants would recommend the program to their peers


97% of surveyed participants learned new skills and/or met learning objectives


99% of participants reported applying the skills and processes learned after the program


179 initiatives considered for implementation from a total of over 7,500 generated ideas


93 ideas prototyped during Innovation Training


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


Erin Krause Riley

"What I didn’t know was that Innovation Training was going to be the opposite of a distraction until life went 'back to normal,' because it would equip me with exactly the skills I needed so that I could deal with pandemic limitations, letting go of the way I’d always done things (goodbye 'back to normal') to reinvent library services and now, to begin to build an innovation team for the city to come up with new approaches to issues identified by departments across the city."

Erin Krause Riley, Adult Services Coordinator, Scottsdale Public Library system