Innovation fund applications must show how the initiative aligns with government priorities and the Strategy for a Digital Public Service focus areas.
Focus areas for 2021/22
Initiatives should be cross-agency and clearly align with the outcomes of the Strategy for a Digital Public Service, the Data Roadmap, and the intent of the Public Service Act.
Strategy for a Digital Public Service focus areas
- Integrated services for people and business — Multi-agency efforts to collaborate, co-create, design and deliver integrated services centred around people’s needs.
- Leadership, people and culture — Strong leadership to drive public sector collaboration and cultural changes. A unified public service (UPS) and a workforce strategy that reflects future needs and capabilities.
- Foundations — Integrated services enabled through digital foundations that can be used across the public service including:
- digital architecture for government
- unwinding legacy systems
- reusable data, transactions and rules
- digital identity
- government interoperability
- acceleration of government data, transactions, and business rules
- development of government API’s (Application Programming Interfaces) and Marketplace.
- Investment — Investment in digital and data that is all-of-government, targeted, and efficient to ensure investment is prioritised, coordinated, and managed.
- New ways of working — Collaboration across a unified public service to deliver outcomes including:
- mobile workforce
- digital standards and practices, and
- digital innovation capacity.
Applications must show:
- how the investment will contribute to New Zealanders’ seamless and integrated experience of, and trust in, public services
- how the initiative demonstrates innovation — this fund is not for business as usual costs
- the level of cross-agency collaboration required as part of the initiative
- benefits to the public service or sector that support transformation, including being able to reuse initiatives or parts of initiatives
- initiative costs, and outline options for sustainable funding if the initiative were to become business as usual.
Applicants should also demonstrate how the:
- initiative will be evaluated
- work aligns with agile values and principles, including how any collaboration benefits the agencies involved
- work will align with relevant standards, for example the New Zealand government Digital Service Design Standard.