RIC Hub Guides

Innovation and adopting new ideas can sometimes seem daunting with many different factors to be considered. This series looks at those factors to introduce them and give you a starting point for understanding how to identify and overcoming issues.  

Your organisation may have specialist staff who can help you, whether with innovating or with particular elements, such as information governance and performance management. In addition, the RIC Hub may be able to offer support.  

The articles are based on our experience of working with colleagues in a number of organisations and we welcome your suggestions for additional articles.  

When you think of innovation a number of things might come to mind, like technology, sci-fi and Steve Jobs. You might think that innovation is done by specialists, entrepreneurs and scientists. But at its simplest, innovation is the creation and implementation of new ideas, methods, products or ways of working

In 2021, Welsh Government announced its plan to make the circular economy in Wales a reality in the Beyond Recycling strategy. But what exactly is the circular economy, what are the benefits and enablers, and what are the challenges we might face when moving to this way of working?

Putting value at the heart of decision-making means that we need to rethink how services are delivered, adding value at every step. The Value-Based Approach is a systematic way of considering and using resources to give better outcomes for every person.

Engaging with people with lived experience can have a positive impact on the work that we do and can inform changes to services and the way we work. To do so meaningfully, it’s important to understand what works well, what the challenges and barriers might be and how to overcome them. The Hub has created a guide to give you a place to start.

Drawing upon existing resources and literature, the Hub has pulled together an easy guide to help navigate common challenges, barriers and enablers of employing people with lived experience. 

A different approach to commissioning focused on collaborative working to achieve agreed outcomes.
You have a proposal you would like to develop; if asked how it will work in a strategic context, how do you answer?
Piloting is an integral part of testing innovations and demonstrating how ideas can be adapted to local conditions as part of effective spread and scaling. But what makes for a successful pilot?

Complying with legal and organisational requirements supports effective and safe innovation. 

Collecting and analysing data plays a vital part in understanding service delivery and demonstrating the impact that your work is having. Harnessing the data helps to tell the story for your innovations. 

Innovating often creates or makes use of intellectual property. Understanding the creation, uses and protections such as copyright and patents will support effective innovation and adoption.

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