We encourage businesses to develop innovative solutions to government policy and service delivery problems, with a series of ‘challenges’ called the Business Research and Innovation Initiative (BRII).
Nous Group conducted an independent post-commencement evaluation of the BRII pilot on behalf of the Office of the Chief Economist’s Evaluation Unit.
The evaluation considered program design, implementation and outcomes to date.
It found that the pilot is well designed and implemented. Some outcomes are already being realised, particularly for small to medium enterprises that have progressed to the second stage of proof of concept funding. Staff working in challenge agencies are highly positive about the process and potential outcomes.
Findings will help us optimise the program and increase its visibility.