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Useful websites

This section provides links to relevant government innovation websites. To help you, we've organised them under four headings:

  • Organisations
  • Projects
  • Innovative ideas
  • Procurement

If you know of any other websites that could be listed here please let us know.



Business, Innovation and Skills
Find out more about BIS, the government department responsible for innovation in the UK.

Design Council
The UK’s national strategic body for design.

Innovation Unit
Social enterprise supporting innovation in public services and non-profit sector.

National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts – specialists in innovation.

NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement
Driving creative practice in the National Health Service.

National Innovation Centre
Driving creative practice in the National Health Service.

National School of Government
Government’s learning and development school offering a range of relevant programmes and courses.

Social Innovation Exchange (SIX)
A global community for social innovators.

Technology Strategy Board
Government body advocating technology to empower innovation.

Public services communication and design agency.

The Young Foundation
Supporting inventive projects to meet social needs. 

Public Sector Innovation Unit
Information from BIS outlines the full package of support available to help government to innovate.



Age Unlimited
Project from NESTA’s Public Services Lab to create new public services for people over 50.

Design Bugs Out
Innovative programme to improve hygiene in hospitals.

Design Out Crime
Planning project with many useful examples of innovation.

Dott Cornwall
Regional innovation project.

Health Launchpad
Community health project from NESTA’s Public Services Lab.

Innovation Index
Project by NESTA to measure innovation.

Innovation Unit
Work by the Innovation Unit on creative thinking in public services.

Innovation Unit – Projects
How the unit has helped facilitate innovation in the public sector.

Public Services by Design
A programme from the Design Council to inspire innovation in public services.

Public Services Lab
Innovation project by NESTA.

Radical Efficiency
Investigation by the Innovation Unit into efficient public sector practice.


Innovative ideas

Center for American Progress
Review of ways in which governments generate new ideas despite barriers to innovation in the public sector.

A solutions focused ideas management tool with over 250,000 active users. You can pose a question asking for an innovative solution.

Innovation Exchange
Forum for ideas and discussion of innovative practice.

Cross-cutting work and methods
How the Young Foundation joins up ideas.



Innovation procurement policy
Find out more about what government is doing to drive innovation in procurement.

Small Business Research Initiative
Championed by the Technology Strategy Board, SBRI is a programme running an open competition for ideas and new technologies.

Procurement model
Using outcome based specifications through a procurement model. 

Gateway for innovative procurements in defence
The Ministry of Defence (MOD) gateway for innovative procurement opportunities. This is the first point of contact for anyone with a disruptive technology, new process or innovation that has a potential defence application.


Customer insight

Customer Service Excellence, Information Hub
The Information Hub is underpinned by the concepts of customer insight, segmentation and leadership.

Please contact us and let us know if this is a helpful structure or to recommend other useful websites.