Regional Innovation Award Appendix B: Answer Guidelines

Appendix B: Answer Guidelines

The following outline is suggested as a guide for questions 4 through 9 of the Regional Innovation Award application.  Please do not answer each question separately. Instead, use these as a guide to help frame your answers.

I.  Setting Regional Goals

  • What is the vision for the region?  What are the overall goals?
  • Who helped develop these goals/vision?
  • Has that vision been shared with the broader region?  How?
  • Do residents of the region share these goals/vision?

 II.  Building Regional Capacity

  • Describe the gap between the region’s current reality and its desired future, and what is being done to realize this envisioned future.
  • Do the individuals and organizations involved represent multiple jurisdictions and sectors?  How did they learn to work together?
  • How was the broad public discussion about the region’s future – its critical issues and opportunities – framed to focus attention on the actions required?
  • Describe how key information and messages were communicated so that they stimulated learning and discussion among opinion leaders and citizens.
  • Describe actions taken to rally, motivate and inspire others to join the regional cause.
  • Describe efforts to recruit a broader set of people to participate in the next steps and how diverse networks were connected.
  • What mechanisms or controls, if any, were used to ensure that participants followed through on their commitments?
  • Provide examples of the new ways of thinking about regional problem-solving that have resulted from these efforts.

III. Achieving Tangible Results

  • Describe the specific, tangible results that have emerged from regional initiatives.  Describe how these and other results will be measured and assessed over time.
  • Describe the new networks, partnerships or alliances that have been created among participants and how they generate tangible results, both now and in the future. 
  • Describe the multi-jurisdictional and multi-sector coalitions that contributed to the activities described above and how they produced tangible results.
  • What long-term results are expected?  What is the timeline for these results?

IV. Demonstrating an Ongoing Commitment to Action

  • How has the region institutionalized regional leadership development?  What new skills have regional leaders adopted to ensure sustained change?
  • What are the roles of the new or reformed institutions and alliances in sustaining regional change?
  • How has the initiative resulted in systemic change that will be sustained over time?  What methods are in place to sustain the change?
  • How has the process been designed to refocus and regroup around new regional challenges and opportunities?  Is a plan in place?  How is it being implemented?