Discovery Fund

A Fund that provides risk free resources for ‘discovery’ engagements – that is, engagements that are a little more experimental compared to tried and proven methods.

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What it might look like: Potentially a three step process: 1 - Agencies might propose an engagement for funding; 2 - a committee would vet proposals; and 3 - then agree to fund a proposal.


Why the contribution is important

Sometimes tried and proven engagements like putting information on a website or launching an issues paper isn’t the best or only tool for the job. But doing it differently can seem risky or too resource-consuming. This fund will help encourage people who want to do things differently, but feel it’s too hard without a bit of extra help.

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by ProjectTeam on February 23, 2018 at 01:00PM

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Based on: 7 votes


  • Posted by kleo7036 February 26, 2018 at 15:16

    I like this idea. If you want things to change, you have to fund them. A few funds spent on encouraging prototype discoveries could help immensely.
  • Posted by Tarek February 26, 2018 at 17:08

    Agree with Kevin's comment. In conjunction with the awards, this could reinforce that
    a) Senior decision makers are interested and care about good consultation
    b) Exceptional work / risky attempts can be rewarded.
    It would need some appetite for risk to ensure new consultation approaches were genuinely innovative.
  • Posted by markimark March 07, 2018 at 12:04

    Could be a good driver as well of promoting engagement and definitely ticks the 'innovative' box.
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