Innovation Review Out

The National Innovation Review is out. It is actually not a long document (about 200 pages). I ended up playing an advisory role to the Panel but it was good to see many of the things I advocated in my submission to the review such as being more innovative in procurement and in the government’s role in facilitating markets for ideas being taken up. In addition, some things that had emerged later were reflected in the report including my call to unlock public information databases and also the importance of encouraging innovation in broadband applications to complement the National Broadband Network. Also encouraging were the calls for the government to run randomised trials in policy evaluation (something that should please Andrew Leigh no end). There is alot of stuff on governance of innovation policy that will have people engrossed including a call for a National Innovation Advocate; something that looks like a good idea.