Humphrey School News

Humphrey School Recognizes Ten Minnesota Agencies for Creativity and Innovation

July 27, 2015
MN capitol

MINNEAPOLIS, MN (7/27/15)—The Humphrey School of Public Affairs has awarded ten Minnesota agencies with State Government Innovation Awards for their creative work and projects. The awards—organized in partnership with the Bush Foundation—recognize agencies for how they deliver better government services to Minnesotans through programs that include creative solutions and lower costs. The winners will be formally recognized at an awards ceremony and reception Thursday, July 30, at 4 p.m. at the Minnesota History Center.

“These state agencies are getting their jobs done in an exemplary way, which is no easy task given consistently tight budgets,” says Jay Kiedrowski, senior fellow at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. “The Innovation Awards are meant to shine the spotlight on these creative projects and programs, so that Minnesotans can appreciate that their tax dollars are being spent wisely. We also hope that other state agencies can take note and learn about new ways to integrate innovative ideas and problem-solving techniques into their own operations.” 

A panel of judges considered more than 40 submissions for their creativity, sustainability, and collaboration. Entries might creatively generate resources, create change through scaling and replication, meet community needs that are either under-served or ineffectively served, or offer products and services that are simpler and more cost-effective that the alternatives. 

The awards were inspired by the Humphrey School’s annual Local Government Innovation Awards, which recognize schools, cities, and county government entities for their programs. To learn more about the State Government Innovation Awards as well as the individual award winners and their innovations, visit sgia.umn.edu

The complete list of 2015 State Government Awards include:

  • Minnesota Board on Aging: Helping People Return to the Community from a Nursing Home*
  • Department of Transportation: Larpenteur Avenue over 1-35E Slide-in Bridge Construction*
  • Minnesota State Community and Technical College: Mobile Classroom Training in West Central Minnesota* 
  • Department of Human Services, Disability Services Division: MnCHOICES Initiative
  • Minnesota Judicial Branch: Conservator Account Auditing Program (CAAP)
  • Department of Natural Resources, Parks and Trails Division: I Can! Series 
  • Management and Budget: TransparencyMN
  • Department of Revenue: Electronic Certificate of Real Estate Value
  • Department of Agriculture: Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program
  • Department of Veterans Affairs: Minnesota Homeless Veterans Registry
    *indicates recipient of video award

Of the ten overall winners, three will receive a professionally produced video to use to share the story of their work with others. The videos will also be included in the Humphrey School’s online repository of digital case studies known as the Hubert Project, for use in Humphrey School coursework as well as by educators of public policy and administration, leaders of nonprofit organizations or governments, and philanthropic consultants around the world. Those winners include: 

Minnesota Board on Aging: Helping People Return to the Community from a Nursing Home: —The board worked with the Department of Human Services and researchers to develop a fiscal model to generate savings to the state and federal Medicaid program.

Department of Transportation: Larpenteur Avenue over 1-35E Slide-in Bridge Construction—When MnDOT constructed the two-span Larpenteur Avenue Bridge over I35E as a part of its $98 million MnPASS project, the Accelerated Bridge Construction process helped engineers reduce bridge closure time, minimize disruption to traffic, and meet project constraints.

Minnesota State Community and Technical College: Mobile Classroom Training in West Central Minnesota—To meet industry needs and workers not likely to enroll in on-campus courses, the college developed a mobile classroom to deliver welding training to industry and partner sites. 

Office of Communications

Humphrey School of Public Affairs
300G Humphrey School
301 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455

612-625-9436