Innovation in the public sector has been a focus of study and discussion in recent months at the Center for American Progress, a left-leaning think tank.

CAP experts have identified some key areas where federal agencies can best focus their efforts to change their culture: Empowering managers to lead by example; developing financing tools to encourage innovation; creating a culture that’s open to new ways of doing things; being responsive to employees; and offering them incentives to pursue new ideas.

Now CAP is offering public-sector workers and managers a quiz to see where they stack up.


The goal of the quiz is to determine whether federal agencies are looking forward or back in their willingness to change things up to function more efficiently.

The questions range from “Do you feel senior managers have created space for you to experiment with new ideas” to “What proportion of your time is devoted to coming up with new and better ways of doing things?” The computer pops out an instant score.

CAP is collecting the results for research.