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SmarterNJ helps government meaningfully engage with the public
We harness the insights, perspective, and passion of the public to improve government programs, policies, and services.
SmarterNJ is led by the New Jersey State Office of Innovation, which works with government, academic, non-profit, and private sector institutions to drive innovation in the Garden State.
We help partners identify key challenges by tapping the expertise and lived experiences of professionals and the public.
We collaborate with stakeholders to empower the public to source, develop, and iterate novel solutions that can solve key public problems.
We work with government partners and the community to measure the effects and impacts of policies and services.
Cultivate a broad and diverse set of perspectives to solve difficult challenges.
Create services, policies, and assessments that serve everyone by opening the design and development process.
Use human-centered design concepts to effectively evaluate progress and impact throughout a project lifecycle.
We engaged with over 4,000 workers to understand what challenges were most important. Participants highlighted concerns such as lack of affordable training, negative work-life balance, and privacy intrusion.
In support of New Jersey’s public health messaging, the Your Voice, Your Shot video contest took to the community to create and amplify compelling video content encouraging vaccination
This open innovation challenge leveraged the knowledge of state employees to source ideas that make government more effective and efficient.
“We know how important elevating community voices is to advancing our public health goals and the Department of Health is always seeking innovative ways of engaging with the public to communicate critical information and keep each other safe.
The Your Voice, Your Shot video contest collaboration with the Office of Innovation's SmarterNJ team was an incredible opportunity to empower our team to tap into the community's creativity and passion.”
— Judith Persichilli
Commissioner, New Jersey Department of Health
SmarterNJ leverages innovative technology, modern approaches, and industry expertise to tap the public as a resource for problem solving, policymaking, and program evaluation.
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