Systems Innovation work at Policy Lab UK

During a design placement at Policy Lab UK, I was part of a team delivering systems innovation work for a central government department. To deliver the co-designed outputs, we used a framework developed by Jennie Winhall and Charles Leadbeater from The Systems Innovation Initiative in Copenhagen.

Systems innovation involves identifying levers to create shifts in the system. These are called 4 keys: Purpose, Relationships, Power and Resources. Creating a new system involves a new sense of purpose, a change in relationships across the system, shifts in power that determines how resources flow.

Additionally, there are 12 roles and three system levels where change comes about: the micro, the meso and the macro.