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Look to the Future, Mulgan Tells Managers

Magazine article Public Finance

Look to the Future, Mulgan Tells Managers

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Public sector managers should adopt a more systematic approach to innovation, a former senior adviser to Tony Blair told the CIPFA conference.

Geoff Mulgan, director of the Young Foundation and former head of the Number 10 Policy Unit, said the public sector needed to test out its own future more.

'Most public sector managers cannot say what their strategy for innovation is. But it is only by doing things that you learn what works.

'We need to be more global in outlook and learn from countries that do things better than us,' he told delegates on June 16.

In a session on the likely shape of public services in 2020, Mulgan refused to make firm predictions, but suggested that there would be a more holistic approach to big outcome goals, such as crime reduction and better health. But he added that the pace of change would be slow.

'I fear that the joined-up government strategy is still in its infancy he said. …

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