The Eureka Institute is a statewide center that guides, supports and integrates innovation and drives continuous improvement throughout state government. It embodies the spirit of discovery that leads to improvement and innovation.
The Government Operations Agency has formally organized its performance improvement efforts under the Eureka Institute. The goal of the Eureka Institute is to institutionalize tools and training that can drive GovOps’ mission to modernize the processes of government through lean, data, leadership, and performance improvement. It complements and in several ways is a product of GovOps’ Civil Service Improvement initiative.
CA Lean Academy
The Lean Academy offers Lean process improvement training at different levels of depth, starting with the one-day White Belt training and extending to the six-month project-based Lean Six Sigma training, which the state offers through contracted experts. The Lean Academy’s White Belt training, which now has certified more than 6,000 state employees, is the foundation of the Eureka Institute’s performance improvement efforts, as it introduces employees to Lean methodologies and expands shared understanding of continuous improvement concepts.
The Government Operations Agency, working with the Department of Technology and the State Library, launched a one-year statewide pilot open data portal that was completed in September 2016. The pilot portal has transitioned to a new open source platform operated by the Department of Technology in partnership with the Government Operations Agency. The goals, then and now, are to broaden understanding of open data in state government and to demonstrate to state departments the value and benefits of using open data in their regular, daily operations. The agency’s broader goals include fostering the use of data and data analysis in state decision-making and performance assessment.
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