[Originally published on the Australian Government Public Sector Innovation Network under a Creative Commons 3.0 BY AU licence]
One of my favourite features of our Public Sector Innovation Toolkit is the IDEAS framework, developed by Professor John English.
It’s a simple series of questions that help you consider whether an idea is ready to be pursued.
I find it a really useful tool for helping me assess my ideas and for working out which ones I should prioritise and where I can get the most value out of focussing my efforts.
It’s also a great prompt to make sure I don’t forget about the areas where my idea might not be so good. In the initial enthusiasm about an idea, it can be easy to brush over the weaker aspects and think that they will be worked out over time. In reality, you need to make sure your idea is as good as it can be or that you are well aware of its limitations and have a strategy for how they will be dealt with.
Recently we have had some work done on it to make it even easier to use and more interactive. If you haven’t already, I encourage you to take a look at the Tool and to use it to assess your next innovative idea.
Please note that the IDEAS framework is not covered by the Toolkit’s Creative Commons licence.