Translating innovation to impact
Failure is at the root of any successful innovation project, but local governments’ ability to identify, learn from, and do something about failures are limited by budgeting and longstanding cultures of risk aversion. We know that cities will need to innovate if they are to meet the great challenges of our time - this project aims to help them actually translate innovation to impact.
Research and interviews
We are seeking perspectives and expertise on all aspects of failing forward.
If you currently work in or with government, or if you have private or social sector experience that is relevant and you are interested in sharing your thoughts on this topic, we’d love to hear from you.
Fail Forward in action
Wondering what failing forward looks like in practice? Slide through and read takeaways from our seven participating cities:
WASHINGTON D.C. | PHILADELPHIA, PA | DALLAS, TX | SEATTLE, WA | KING COUNTY, WA | LITTLE ROCK, AR | KANSAS CITY, MO
"I am seeing the development of more workgroups within the agency that are inclusive and represent the voice of the agency and this will greatly impact efforts toward process improvement and service delivery"
D.C. Government Employee
Explore Partnership Opportunities
If your organisation is interested in partnering with the Centre for Public Impact to build cultures that embrace learning from failure in government, please contact us.
Failing (forward) in local government: a conversation with Carrie S. Cihak
Failing (forward) in local government: a conversation with David Noguera
ICYMI: Mayors, Government Leaders Speak to the Importance of ‘Failing Forward’
Failing (forward) in local government: a conversation with Bobby Humes
Failing (forward) in local government: a conversation with Kate Bender
Governments Must Fail (Forward) to Succeed
Governments need to fail forward, now more than ever
Helping Local Governments Embrace Failure: New Initiative Launched by the Centre for Public Impact and the Aspen Institute
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