- Avoid group think
- Gather innovative ideas and solutions
- Identify additional stakeholders and map external talent
- Generate citizen awareness, engagement and excitement
- Lever outside perspectives, competencies and capabilities
- Accelerate progress towards ambitious goals by levering the crowd
- Facilitate cross-sector knowledge mobilization and collaboration, and build the field
- Stimulate private sector investment through solution development and/or spin-off investments at a lower cost and with less risk than traditional granting programs (only winners receive prizes)
- Incentives must be commensurate with the challenge
- Scope must be clearly delineated and communicated to participants
- Requires sufficiently succinct objectives, engagement strategy, expertise and attention to motivate people to participate
- Identify regulatory barriers to innovation and inform reforms
- Develop and prototype solutions to a policy or program challenges
- Stimulate rapid development in areas where the either the market or existing social policy/programs have failed
- Employ incentive-based, online platforms to solicit input from your organization or (more typically) from an external audience
- Attract participation from a range of lay and expert individuals; could be combined with follow-up engagement to inform the policy process
- Inclusive approach to governance that validates citizen input and can increase trust between government, citizens and stakeholders; stakeholders could engaged prior to the challenge to help determine what effort is already being put against the challenge or to help scope the challenge question(s).
Government of Canada
- Play Exchange (Public Health Agency of Canada) consisted of a national call for ideas and solutions to improve health outcomes through a prize challenge.
- Grand Challenges Canada is a not-for-profit organization, funded by the government of Canada, which focuses on scaling up bold ideas with big impact in global health. As of 2016, it has supported over 700 projects in more than 80 low and middle income countries.
- G-20 SME Finance Challenge was a competition launched by the G20 leaders in 2009 to find the best models worldwide for public-private partnerships that catalyze finance for small and medium enterprises. Canada committed up to $20 million to fund winning proposals. Peace Dividend Trust −now known as Building Markets−, headquartered in Ottawa, was one of the winners.
- Bank of Canada - Governor's Challenge
- Canada School of Public Service - BP2020 National Student Paper Competition
- Finance Canada - Public Policy Forum
- Global Affairs Canada - International Policy Challenge
- Heritage Canada - Canada Day Challenge
- Heritage Canada - History Now
Statistics Canada - The Chief Statistician of Canada Infographic Challenge
Best in Class
- XPRIZE focuses on ‘unsolvable’ problems where markets have failed.
- Innocentive connects problem solvers, methodologies and online platforms to help clients pursue their innovation goals.
- Challenge.gov is a listing of challenge and prize competitions run by more than 80 agencies across federal government; including technical, scientific, ideation, and creative competitions.
- NASA Centre of Excellence for Collaborative Innovation collaborates with innovators across NASA and the Federal Government to generate ideas and solve important problems by working with global communities via the Nasa Tournament Lab.
Mayors Challenge encourages cities to generate bold new ideas that solve urban challenges and improve city life – and have the potential to spread (US, EU).
- Challenge Prizes: A Practice Guide (Nesta, 2014)
- The Craft of Incentive Prize Design (Deloitte, 2014)
- Public-Private Partnerships for Organizing and Executing Prize-based Competitions (Harvard University, 2012)
- Notes from a presentation by Innocentive at NRCan, February 2014
- Interview with Jon Hildebrand, NRCan-IETS
- Memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies
- Interview with Jenn Gustetic, NASA - Prizes and Challenges Program Executive
- 2014 Annual prize report to US Congress (Office of Science and Technology Policy, May 2015)]
- What 205 Prize Challenges Have Taught (US) Government Agencies (Breaking Gov, 2012)
- DigitalGov.com - Expert Training Series: Prizes (on demand video)
GovLab Wiki - Prize-backed challenges