For more than 20 years, the Innovations in American Government Awards Program has recognized the very best innovations in American government and has brought national attention to these practices and promoted their widespread dissemination.

Since its inception, the Innovations in American Government Awards competition has received over 27,000 applications for the award. Though the competition has formally recognized nearly 500 of these applicants as winners and finalists, there have naturally been many that show promise or are noteworthy practices that did advance to the final rounds of the competition.

In order to shine a light on these government programs and practices, in 2010 the Innovations program launched a recognition initiative called Bright Ideas so that government leaders, public servants, and other individuals can learn about these efforts and adopt those initiatives that can work in their own communities.

Beginning with these Bright Ideas, the Innovations program has created an open collection of innovations that serves as the foundation of an online community where innovative ideas can be proposed, shared, and disseminated.