Belfast | United Kingdom

We are the Northern Ireland Public Sector Innovation Lab within the Department of Finance. We have expertise in User-Centred Design, Behavioural Science, and System Dynamics Modelling.

The Innovation Lab was established in 2014 and sits within the Department of Finance. The Lab has a role in Northern Ireland’s Innovation Strategy for creating a culture of innovation by encouraging collaboration, openness to new ideas, innovation, and risk taking.

The Lab responds to challenges where effective service provision for the public has proved most difficult. It aims to improve public services by creating new and ground-breaking innovations through transformation and invention. We are committed to inspiring curiosity, empowering creativity, and bringing to life paradigm-shifting ideas. We believe in connecting, collaborating, listening, failing fast, learning, disrupting, inventing, and enabling. Our i-dec (innovation through design, experimentation and creativity) philosophy has been developed to address these challenges.

Our i-dec philosophy is built on design principles. Namely, putting users first, understanding relationships, developing prototypes, testing iteratively, and scaling up solutions which work. Our process is iterative and not stage-gate; projects will move backwards and forwards depending on what we learn and the ideas we can surface.


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