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Questionnaire to Develop a Program for the Conference on Innovation

Dear friends and colleagues,

I am chairing the planning committee for a Public Sector Innovation Conference in January or February of 2002. The partners that have agreed to hold the conference are the Canadian Centre for Management Development (the Government of Canada's management training school); Ecole d'administration publique du Canada, the Quebec university public administration program; The Innovation Salon; and The Innovation Journal.

We would very much appreciate your input to the planning process by completing the questionnaire below. In it you will be asked to identify whether you might be interested in attending, the most suitable date, and topics and speakers of interest to you. We would very much appreciate your participation and the benefit of your knowledge.

The conference will also have a peer reviewed component, about which you will being hearing soon.

If you Forward this memo and the questionnaire to: raymond.bouchard@attglobal.net the responses will be collated automatically.

Thanks!

Eleanor Glor
Convener, The Innovation Salon
Editor-in-Chief and Publisher, The Innovation Journal

Questionnaire to Develop a Program for the Conference on Innovation

In early February, we sent a questionnaire to a small group of people interested in the subject of innovation. We were looking for thoughts on a vision and direction for a Conference on Innovation in Government in January or February 2002 in Ottawa.

As a result of input, the consensus vision statement developed is:

The conference on innovation will challenge managers to see beyond today's problems and obstacles, and prepare them to build a new public sector that creatively engages emerging social, political and economic issues. This conference provides the forum to share, discuss and learn how to nurture the creative spirit of people and how to build the organisational climate conducive to innovation. The conference will be a journey into the discovery of an exciting future for government's organisations.

A further set of questions asked for advice on topics and themes. As an overall observation, respondents wanted to see 'practical, real-world' presentations that would show them examples of innovation in action as well as discussions of things that make innovation work or fail. As a next step, we would like to solicit advice on how large an event we should plan, the timing of the conference and speakers and topics. To do this, we've developed the following questionnaire. We'd appreciate it if you could take the time to respond. The questionnaire has been designed so that it can be filled in using any e-mail program. If filled out properly, the replies can be automatically tabulated by computer at our end.

To respond, you should FORWARD this e-mail to: raymond.bouchard@attglobal.net (In many cases, the REPLY function would work too, but sometimes it does not re-send the original e-mail, or it appends extra spaces or other characters.)

Filled out properly means that after every question there is a space to put your answer. (E.g. for question 1, Q1, the answer section is labelled A1[_].) The tabulating program will scan the returned e-mail and look for A1[x] at the left margin. It can then pick up your response, which is x, having a value of 1 to 5. All you have to do is put your answer between the square brackets [_].

The form of response for all questions, except those specifically calling for free form text, is:

1 - strongly disagree
2 - disagree
3 - indifferent
4 - agree
5 - strongly agree

In free form text, INSERT anything you want between the brackets, including carriage returns. The only character you can't use are square brackets [ ] since they are used as delimiters for the tabulating program. Here's the questionnaire:

SIZE OF EVENT

Are you interested in attending the conference on innovation?

Q1: I am likely to attend a conference on innovation in January/February 2002 in Ottawa, Canada.

A1[_]

TIMING

We have identified three dates for the conference. We would like your opinion on the best time to hold the conference. If you have no preference one way or the other, just answer 3 = indifferent.

Q2: I would prefer a conference on Jan 10 - 11, 2002.

A2 [_]

Q3: I would prefer a conference on Jan 21 - 22, 2002.

A3 [_]

Q4: I would prefer a conference on Feb 5 - 6, 2002.

A4 [_]

TOPICS AND SPEAKERS

The first questionnaire identified preferences for four general themes:
case studies; the innovation process; the innovation context /environment; and tools/capacities.

Keynote Speakers

Q5. What should the plenary speakers address? Who would you recommend as a keynote speaker that could speak to one or all of these themes? Please use free form text.

A5 [_]

Case Studies:

Case studies are concise descriptions of an example of innovation. Their usefulness derives from the lessons to be learned in implementing innovation

Q6. Using free form text, could you give examples of cases of (public sector) innovation that should be presented at the conference. Also, if you are aware of possible speakers, include their names and contact information as well.

A6 [_]

Innovation Process:

The innovation process is the pathway, the steps and stages that lead to the creation of an innovation.

Q7. Using free form text, could you give ideas for papers on the innovation process that could be presented at the conference. Also, if you are aware of possible speakers, include their names and contact information as well.

A7 [_]

Innovation Context/Environment

The innovation context is the broader environment within which innovation is created. This includes societal elements like political ideology, power relationships, social relationships, and the pervasive funding or investment climate. It also includes the organizational culture.

Q8. Using free form text, could you give ideas of possible papers on how context and environment impact innovations? Also, if you are aware of possible speakers, include their names and contact information as well.

A8 [_]

Tools and Capacities

This is the people side of innovation. Sessions would address such issues as skills, personal and organisation capacities, motivation, tools and techniques for facilitating creativity and innovation and for evaluating their impacts.

Q9. Using free form text, could you give ideas of possible papers, presentations or workshops on tools and capacities to enhance and introduce innovation? Also, if you are aware of possible speakers, include their names and contact information as well.

A9 [_]

Thank you very much for your input. We hope to see you at the conference.

Survey prepared by:

Raymond Bouchard
Drachma-Denarius
#143-2111 Montreal Road
Ottawa, Ontario
Canada K1J 8M8
phone: (613) 745-9520 Fax: (613) 745-6496

 

Updated May 29, 2001