Government teams across the world have been given the mandate to innovate. But this mandate often comes with unhelpful strings attached. Innovative work is frequently held to account in old ways that aren’t suited to new ways of doing government work, meaning that the value of new approaches used by labs isn’t recognised or supported.
In the next edition of Lab Legacies, we’ll be expanding our perspectives on what labs can or should be doing. Given the circumstances, what sort of activities should they be focusing on to deliver the most value? And what are the most effective ways for labs to shape the accountability of their mission?
And looking ahead: what does the government lab of the future look like? What does it deliver, what are its most important value propositions, and how best to manage expectations of the lab’s impact?