Open Opportunities Program

DigitalGov University in Review: 2016 Training Trends

Jan 11, 2017 |

DigitalGov University (DGU), the events platform for DigitalGov, provides programming to build and accelerate digital capacity by providing webinars and in-person events highlighting innovations, case studies, tools, and resources. Thanks to your participation, DGU hosted over 90 events with 6,648 attendees from over 100 agencies across federal, tribal, state, and local governments. Read »

Collaboration and Innovation, Beyond Government Borders

Jun 10, 2016 |

How to start an innovation movement: Connect innovators with fellow innovators, and find more innovators to collaborate with. Read »

Why People Contribute to Federal Tech Projects (And How You Can Provide a Good Experience)

Jan 14, 2016 |

Author’s note: Anyone can contribute to the development of the Open Opportunities platform via the project’s GitHub repository. The Open Opportunities program itself is only open to federal employees. Open, agile software development projects can improve government initiatives. As discussed in last week’s article on agile projects in government, the Open Opportunities platform has benefited Read »

Digging Into the Data of Our Customer Survey

Jan 5, 2016 |

As a followup to the recent post about our annual customer satisfaction survey, we wanted to dig into the data and share some of the overall results, to give you some more insights into how we’re using your feedback to improve our programs and services. Background: For the past three years, GSA’s Office of Citizen Read »

How Agile Development Can Benefit Federal Projects

Jan 4, 2016 |

Agile methods help agencies deliver projects and products more efficiently and effectively. The benefits aren’t limited to deliverables: Going agile can break down the silos that exist between and within agencies. And collaboration doesn’t need to end at the federal level—agile projects done in the open provide a way for the public to contribute to Read »

New White House Innovation Strategy Promotes Increase in Challenges and Prizes

Oct 29, 2015 |

The White House released an updated Strategy for American Innovation last week, calling again on government to tap the American public’s brain trust Read »

Building the Next Generation of Government Innovators

Oct 28, 2015 |

Innovators are made, not born. This summer, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) began cultivating the next generation of federal innovators through a summer incubator boot camp, aimHI. AimHI is a pilot program to get high school students excited about careers in health information technology, medical devices and public service. Instead of traditional internships, which Read »

5 Factors to Building a Successful Government-wide Digital Analytics Program

Oct 20, 2015 | ,

Launched just three years ago, the Digital Analytics Program (DAP) continues to drive the 2012 Digital Government Strategy’s mission to improve the citizen experience by streamlining the collection and analysis of digital analytics data on a federal government-wide scale. The DAP officially launched on October 15, 2012 with a release of its first version of Read »

How Agencies Can Support Employee Professional Development

Oct 9, 2015 |

Providing professional development for over 100,000 employees is no easy task. To build on the existing skills of their workforce, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has piloted AgOpportunity, a program that matches USDA employees with projects that need their skills and interest. The idea for AgOpportunity came from the Partnership for Public Service’s Excellence Read »

How OSTP Crowdsourced A Crowdsourcing Toolkit

Sep 30, 2015 |

To promote crowdsourcing, one effective tool is, well, crowdsourcing. Today, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and the Federal Community of Practice for Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science (CCS) unveiled the Citizen Science and Crowdsourcing Toolkit. The toolkit contains information, resources, and best practices federal agencies can use to harness the power Read »

An Overview of Digital Communities

Jul 31, 2015 |

Digital communities of practice come in many stripes. DigitalGov communities span eight (and counting) focus areas and have thousands of members, but strong collaborations exist in all corners of government. In honor of this month’s communities theme, we are offering a list of communities that foster connections and strengthen the digital capabilities of federal agencies. Read »

What’s in a Name? “Communities” in the Public and Private Sectors

Jul 15, 2015 |

Many of you are part of a government community. We lead a few of them here, and new ones are forming all the time. In fact, as I was writing this article, I stumbled upon a community for government Drupal users. A co-worker recently asked me for research on communities because she is trying to Read »

Progress with Open Opportunities: Notes from the Field

May 1, 2015 |

As a task creator with an ambitious agenda and limited resources, I’ve got a great deal of incentive to make the most use that I can of Open Opportunities. And indeed, Open Opportunities participants have made a concrete and positive difference in the operations of our office, the Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office, part of Read »

Reaching Out To Deliver Within: Crowdsourcing Internal Agency Projects

Dec 19, 2014 |

Crowdsourcing has created new paths for public interaction with the government, as we’ve been highlighting on DigitalGov with this month’s theme. However, crowdsourcing can also be used to harness support for internal agency projects. The Department of State is using crowdsourcing to find talent within and outside of government to support agency activities. Through the Read »

From Taste-Testers to Explorers: Developing Personas for Open Opportunities

Dec 8, 2014 | ,

Being customer-focused means doing the gumshoe work of research and rounds of analysis to find gold by understanding user goals. For the task-based innovation network, Open Opportunities for DigitalGov, that meant developing personas in order to overcome our own biases and learn about the different motivations of our participants. In this article, we’ll talk about Read »

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