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From EPSA - European Public Sector Award

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The main goal of ‘The Smarter Network’, in Dutch: het slimmer netwerk, is to connect civil servants with innovating ideas to one another, no matter from which administrative level they are: provinces, local administrations, district water boards and the police. ‘The Smarter Network’ has four components:

  1. An online network community (www.slimmernetwerk.nl);
  2. A doetank - a think tank doing something practical: a do/doing tank - in which one or more groups of innovators from different governmental organisations work together to improve (labour) productivity; the problems being self-imposed tasks.
  3. Smarter network cafés, slimmernetwerk cafés, interactive physical meetings or gatherings for the innovators’ groups, the doetanks; and
  4. A discussion group at Linkedin named ‘slimmer werken in de publieke sector’ (smarter working in the public sector).

At the smarter network café or in the Linkedin group, innovators discuss practical problems, form doetanks and propose solutions for problems, thus contributing to the overall productivity of the organisation.

The project will run for one year at least. Before summer 2011, a ‘grand café’ took place, a bigger meeting with the main objective of giving a space to doetanks to report the results they suggest to the problems that governmental organisations expressed. A knowledge base is available on the online network.

Award info
Award category: opening up the public sector
Award type: submission
Award year: 2011
Project type
Sector: Public administration, modernisation, institutional affairs, reform
Type of activity:
Keywords: Innovative solutions, interactive policy making, social network community
Short English description: Before summer 2011, a ‘grand café’ took place, a bigger meeting with the main objective of giving a space to doetanks to report the results they suggest to the problems that governmental organisations expressed.
Further information
Organisation: Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations
Other applicants:
Homepage: http://www.slimmernetwerk.nl
Level of government: national level
Size of organisation: >100
Number of people involved: 1-5
Country: Netherlands
EU membership: EU member
Language code: en
Start date:
End date:


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