Spreading Innovation

Mayor’s Civic
Innovation Award

Spreading Innovation

OVERVIEW

The goal of the Mayor’s Civic Innovation Award is to celebrate City employees who advance Los Angeles’ goal of being the “Best Run Big City in America” by rethinking traditional approaches and delivering smarter, better, faster services to our residents, businesses, and visitors.

WHAT IS THE PROBLEM WE’RE TRYING TO SOLVE?

The award was created to recognize City employees doing groundbreaking work in their fields and incentivize civic innovation. There are many City employees and Civil Servants who implement new, creative strategies on a regular basis but may not refer to it as “innovative” and often go unrecognized. In a survey of City employees, results revealed that they are often lacking incentive to allocate time from their daily schedules to ponder about how they could approach their work differently. Additionally, the City requires employees to bring to the surface areas where innovation is needed.

WHAT IS THE INITIATIVE?

The theory of change behind the award is to recognize City employees and provide validation to groundbreaking approaches. Ideally, this will encourage these practices to continue and create excitement around the idea of pursuing innovation in government, leading to greater advances for the City of Los Angeles and its residents.