Culminating Project Title
Date of Award
Culminating Project Type
Educational Administration and Leadership, K-12: Ed.D.
Educational Administration and Higher Education
School of Education
John F. Eller
Francis A. Kayona
Kay T. Worner
Roger B. Worner
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Keywords and Subject Headings
innovation, government, assessment, typology, types
The purpose of the study was to examine, summarize, and categorize how leaders of select cities, counties, and school districts (kindergarten through 12th grade) in Minnesota define, practice, and assess innovation.
The significance of the study was two-fold: 1) the findings may add to the body of research regarding innovation in local government, and 2) may contribute to the understanding of innovations by local government officials.
The study engaged 81 local units of government (i.e., cities, counties and school districts – kindergarten through 12th grade) in the State of Minnesota via electronic survey. Of the 81 local units of government engaged 35 participated, which represented 26 cities, 2 counties, and 7 school districts.
The study and survey tool was designed in three parts comprised of: 1) Survey Participant Profile, 2) Innovation Practices and Types, and 3) Innovation Assessment Practices and Types.
The study contributes to the current body of research knowledge by providing new research on the defining, practice, and assessment of innovation within local units of government. The study ultimately may offer government leaders useable and valuable information about innovation in local government so that it may survive and thrive.
Edwards, Reginald M., "Defining, Practicing, and Assessing Innovation by Minnesota’s Local Government" (2017). Culminating Projects in Education Administration and Leadership. 28.