Annual Awards

Awards for Innovation in Public Systems
Centre for Innovations in Public Systems (CIPS)

    CIPS Awards Nominations

  1. The 13th Finance Commission, Government of India in its report proposed creation of a Centre for Innovations in Public Systems (CIPS) to provide assistance to the State Governments in developing policies for promoting an innovative culture for transforming creative ideas into sustainable practices.
  2. The objectives of setting up CIPS as an autonomous body among others are to:
    1. Identify, recognize and promote innovations in public systems in the area of management of people, process (cost and quality), systems (technology) and services across various states to improve the well-being of the common people.
    2. Scout, scan and track different innovations at the state as well as at the national level that have positively impacted public service delivery, increased efficiency and led to cost reduction.
    3. Facilitate emergence of eco-systems that are hospitable to cost-effective innovative ideas, provide empowerment and freedom, and encourage risk-taking experiments for promoting innovations.
    4. Help in developing policies for incentives (reward & recognition) to accelerate the process of innovation and cross-fertilization of ideas for opening up new lines of inquiry for sustainable change and transformation in public systems.
    5. Honour outstanding innovations in public systems through a scheme of annual awards so as to incentivize the innovators in public systems/state departments.
    6. Act as a platform for sharing and disseminating knowledge of new ventures and best practices in administration for replication wherever possible.

    In line with this mandate, CIPS has instituted an Annual Award Scheme for innovations in public systems from 2017-18 in the fields of Health and Education.  The need for synergy between public, private and civil society organizations is increasingly realized the world over. There is a tremendous scope to confer recognition to noteworthy innovative practices that are implemented through the public private partnership model. It is envisaged that the Award Scheme of CIPS would gradually foster not only a spirit of Innovation but also facilitate a culture of innovation in the period declared as the Decade of Innovation (2010 – 2020). In the light of aforesaid, the award scheme of CIPS would only be complementary to existing award schemes at the state and national levels. This in turn will help create a robust Innovation Ecosystem in the country over a period of time.

    It may be appropriate here to define what an innovative practice is: Innovation is the introduction of new and improved ways of doing things. An intentional introduction and application of ideas, processes, products, technology, services or procedures that have resulted in one or more of the following outcomes.

    • Improved service delivery
    • Reduced Cost
    • Improved quality, transparency and accountability in public systems impacting the well-being of large number of common people.
  3. Eligibility :
    1. Innovative practices adopted by state/ central /district level government departments that have improved the service delivery or reduced cost and contributed significantly to improve governance.
    2. Private agencies as well as NGOs, who provide public services and have developed replicable innovations in public systems will also be considered for an award.
    3. Innovations should be successfully in operation at least for a period of 1 year but should not be more than 5 years old on the last day for nomination (15th of April)
    4. The innovation should be replicable in other parts of the country.
    5. Impact should be measurable on objective basis.
    6. Any entry which has been awarded under any other scheme earlier will not be considered under the scheme
    7. However, any entry which did not qualify for any other award scheme earlier could be eligible provided substantial improvements/improvisation are made from the date of submission to any other award scheme. The improved practice should also be in operation at least for a period of 1 year from the date of improvement.
  4. Categories of Awards :

    There are two categories for the Award Scheme for the year 2017-2018.

    1. Health: Health care services, drug procurement, hospital functioning, quality and access to health centres, health insurance schemes, health infrastructure decentralization to local bodies among other.
    2. Education: Elementary Education, School Education, Adult Education, Women’s literacy, literacy among vulnerable sections, linking literacy to skill development and vocational education among others.

    The awards are segregated on regional basis, in order to bring out innovations addressing region specific problems. Evidence suggests that different regions adopt different procedures and unique work culture that prevails in the regional ecosystem. It can, therefore, facilitate better opportunities for replication in similar cultural and social milieu. In addition, this segregation will also provide equal opportunity to all states. All the states and UTs are divided into 5 regions (See Annexure I). There will be a maximum of 10 awards during the year 2017-18 with 5 award for each category.

  5. Nominations:
    Being primarily a team award where any officer from a central/state government/ department, government organization, can submit details regarding their innovative practice under Health and Education that has substantially improved the public service delivery. Private agencies as well as NGOs, who provide public services and have developed & implemented replicable innovations in public systems will also be eligible. The completed nomination forms (Annexure II) along with any supplementary documentation, report etc. may be furnished to Centre for Innovations in Public Systems not later than 31st October 2017 for awards of the year 2017-2018.
  6. Evaluation :
    The nomination for each category of the Award Scheme will be evaluated by an Expert Committee jury comprising of two eminent experts together with Director of CIPS as Convener.

    The screening of nominations will be done on the following criteria on the suggested weightage:

    1. Significance of the issue/need addressed (14% weightage)
    2. Innovativeness or novelty of the idea (14% weightage)
    3. Sustainability (14% weightage)
    4. Community participation (14% weightage)
    5. Promotion of equity (14% weightage)
    6. Replication (30% weightage*)
      1. Replicability (15%)
      2. Actual implementation/replication (15%)

    *Note: In line with the mandate of CIPS, replication will be considered as one of the major parameters in the Award criteria.

    The preliminary screening will be followed by on-the-spot validation.  The on-the-spot study will include various success stories and get inputs from users/beneficiaries.

    At the secondary screening stage, short-listed innovations will be presented before the Expert Committee by the short-listed applicants. Nominations qualifying the secondary screening are ranked based on the inputs from on-the-spot study and the concerned state government will also be requested to validate the practice.  The nominations are evaluated by the Expert Committee based on the pre-determined criteria.

  7. Review:

    It is not mandatory that the award will be given every year in each category from every region. In case there is no outstanding nomination in any category from a certain region in a certain year no award may be given in that year. The award scheme will be dynamic in nature. Based on the experience gained in operating the scheme in the first two years, the scheme will be reviewed on an ongoing basis to enhance its effectiveness adding more sectors.

  8. Form and Presentation of Award :

    Each winning category has a cash component of Rupees 1 lakh (to be equally shared among award winning team members) with a citation.  Nominations may also be considered for special citations for entries that the jury considers to be note worthy. Awards will be presented at a special ceremony to be organized by CIPS.

  9. Time Frame:
    1. Issue of Notification in the Press, Media and relevant website by 31st July 2017
    2. Last date for Receipt of Nominations by 30th November 2017 only for North Eastern states (Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Sikkim, Tripura, Nagaland)
    3. Preliminary Screening by members of the Committee by 30th Nov 2017
    4. Conduct of Spot studies by 31st Dec 2017
    5. Final Screening based on the presentations to the Expert Committee by 31st March 2018
    6. Declaration of Awards by 30th April 2018
    7. Award Ceremony in May 2018

Annexure I

Annexure II

Filled up nominations may be sent to email: or by post

Centre for Innovations in Public Systems (CIPS)
College Park Campus (CPC) of Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI)
Road No. 3, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad – 500 034, India
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