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Government Innovation in North America

Complex challenges

The challenges facing metropolitan areas - including decreasing social mobility, climate change, and pandemics - are more complex than ever.


There are no obvious answers to these problems. Addressing them will require new governance models and a combination of technological, social, and political solutions. 

An emerging paradigm of government innovation

To make progress against these issues, public sector leaders must embrace a new approach to governance rooted in experimentation, acceptance of failures, and learning. This approach recognizes that all public servants can (and should be) innovators, progress moves at the speed of trust, and frontline workers and residents have the best understanding of problems and potential solutions.


Indeed, there is evidence all around us that a new movement of government innovation is emerging in cities and counties all across North America. However, the work has just begun, and these public problem-solvers need support to bring new ways of thinking about city innovation to the mainstream.

Committed to supporting public sector innovators

We partner with public sector leaders to innovate with intention, building capabilities, cultures and examples of government innovation that can enable leaders to tackle complex problems.

CPI’s Government Innovation team has worked with hundreds of local governments, equipping public problem solvers with core skills, government research and lessons to support them as they co-create solutions to pressing challenges in partnership with communities.


700+ local governments engaged in introductory design sprints


90+ local governments engaged in innovation capability and culture building programs


600+ public servants trained in core innovation methodologies and culture building

Our partners

CPI's Government Innovation team has been proud to partner with the following organizations:

Government innovation research and projects

Just a selection of the ways we have equipped public problem solvers with core skills, government research, and lessons and to supporting them as they co-create solutions to pressing challenges in partnership with communities.

Work with CPI to accelerate government innovation

We are seeking dynamic partners and funders to expand our government innovation work. If your organization is interested in reimagining government to build a better future for North American cities and counties, we want to hear from you!