An Invitation to Participate

In order to improve The Innovation Journal, we are conducting a consultation process with interested individuals. Some of the responses already received are listed below. If you would like to contribute, please read and reply to our questionnaire (below). Don't forget the blank lines before and after the article text.

An Invitation to Participate

From: Editor, Innovation Journal

To: You

Re: Innovation Journal Consultation

I want to invite you to participate in the discussion about the future of The Innovation Journal.

The process for the conversations will be as follows:

  • I prepare the questions (see below)
  • each participant emails me in response, indicating the number and nature of the question to which he/she is responding
  • I post edited comments on The Innovation Journal (except of course individual's names and personal information).

I suggest that the consultation will be limited to the topic of how to improve The Innovation Journal, rather than any discussion of the possibility of expanding its area of coverage beyond innovation in the public sector (unless you want to speak to that topic as well). The focus of the consultation will thus be on how to make The Innovation Journal the best little journal on innovation we can make it, as the editor of the International Review of Administrative Sciences suggested.

One of the important outcomes I hope to achieve from the consultation is to develop a truly international editorial board, which can secure articles from the municipal, provincial/state and federal/national level in many countries, and to create contacts which will allow us to secure those articles.

If you can, please focus your comments on the following issues. If you feel other issues should be addressed, please let me know.

Q. 1- How to make the IJ the best little journal on public sector innovation that it can be?

Q.2 - Who are the readers we are trying to attract?

  1. Public sector/alternate service delivery agency managers/policy/program public servants, PIPEs (Public Interest Private Enterprise), PINAs (Public Interest Non-profit Agencies), academics, students?
  2. Local, provincial, national, international government?

Q. 3 -

  1. What should the IJ cover?
    • Only innovation, narrowly defined; public administration reform more generally; local, provincial/state, national, international?
    • Articles, speeches by professionals, academics, students, management consultants?
    • How should the agenda at the beginning be organized?
    • Subject areas: the learning organization, the innovation process, examples of innovation, government subject areas e.g. health, criminal justice, defence...
    • One way/interactive?
  2. Please provide suggestions for topics
  3. Suggestions for authors
  4. Suggestions for books/reports to review
  5. Suggestions for humour
  6. Suggestions for topics to debate and who could debate them.
  7. Who could review articles on what subjects?
  8. Which other sites (include addresses) should we link to?
  9. How can we contribute to knowledge of best practices without staff?
  10. How would we weed out enthusiasm from genuine improvement?
  11. Who is interested in innovation? names, addresses, phone and fax numbers and email addresses, please, if you have them.

Q.4 - How do we deal with barriers: not currently peer reviewed, no intellectual property rights, no permanent record, uncertain how many years it will last.

Q.5 - What would constitute success?

Editor, The Innovation Journal


Updated May 27, 2001 Revised Nov 2009

Last updated: June 4 2015