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Public sector, disrupted

How disruptive innovation can help government achieve more for less

In the wake of the deep austerity facing most governments around the world, leaders are faced with the challenge to “do more with less.” Unfortunately, typical cost reduction exercises inevitably result in a difficult trade-off—between price or performance. Breaking this seemingly unavoidable trade-off will require leaders to look at the public sector in a whole new way.

The key to radically reducing costs, while maintaining or even improving services, is disruptive innovation. Creating the conditions for disruption will require policymakers to view government through a different lens. Instead of seeing only endless programs and bureaucracies, the myriad responsibilities and customers of government can be seen as a series of markets that can be shaped in ways to find and cultivate very different and ultimately more effective, less expensive ways of supplying public services.

This paper provides examples of opportunities to implement disruptive innovation and offers a framework to introduce it in the public sector—proposing an alternative path to significantly reduce costs without sacrificing the quality of services.

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Public sector, disrupted: How disruptive innovation can help government achieve more for less
Disruptive innovation offers an alternative path to significantly reduce costs without sacrificing the quality of public service. Read the report or explore the executive summary and case studies below to learn more.

Executive Summary  (PDF)
To get more for less requires doing things differently.

Case studies

Criminal Justice (PDF)
How electronic monitoring is disrupting the criminal justice system.

Defense (PDF)
How Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) are disrupting the defense sector.

Higher Education (PDF)
How online learning is disrupting the higher education system.

K-12 Education (PDF)
How a blended learning model is disrupting primary and secondary classrooms.

Intelligence (PDF)
How open source intelligence and advanced analytics are disrupting the Intel sector.


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