Approach to innovation

Learn about our process for implementing development solutions.


The Innovation Team works side by side with City departments, residents, and community organizations to narrowly define a project area, identify specific challenges, and facilitate the development of solutions that lead to measurable results. We are not responsible for direct implementation within the City rather initiatives are implemented by key City staff and partners who collaborate on each project area. Our team uses the Innovation Delivery Approach, developed by Bloomberg Philanthropies, which advances innovation using a four step process:

  1. Investigate the problem
  2. Generate new ideas
  3. Prepare to deliver
  4. Deliver and adapt

that emphasizes:

  • Using data to understand issues and drive new policy & practice
  • Engaging and collaborating with the community
  • Careful exploration of what has worked before
  • Space and techniques to generate new ideas
  • Structured project and performance management
4 steps of innovation

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Performance Management and Innovation




350 S. 5th St, Room 301M
Minneapolis, MN 55415