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Date of Award


Culminating Project Type


Degree Name

Educational Administration and Leadership, K-12: Ed.D.


Educational Administration and Higher Education


School of Education

First Advisor

John F. Eller

Second Advisor

Francis A. Kayona

Third Advisor

Kay T. Worner

Fourth Advisor

Roger B. Worner

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

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.



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