Finding new solutions to our most complex and urgent social, environmental, and economic challenges through innovation, experimentation, and learning.
Our Solutions Lab is a response to the increasing pressure that our city is facing to address many converging and complex challenges, such as equity, climate change, health, and well-being.
Modelled on other public sector innovation labs from around the world, the Solutions Lab was created to deliver high quality, cost-effective, and sophisticated responses to today’s challenges that go beyond typical government processes.
By City of Vancouver
The lab creates an experimentation and learning oriented space that develops, tests, and implements social innovations to grow a healthy, green city.
The Solutions Lab works in collaborative and co-creative ways.
We use processes from design, social innovation, developmental evaluation, and other fields.
The lab cycles through research, testing, and prototyping ideas until promising solutions are found.
It draws on the experiences and perspectives of those most affected by a challenge.
Solutions labs include a multi-disciplinary and diverse team of City staff and key stakeholders.
We are focusing on growing a healthy, green city in the following labs:
- Healthy City Collaborative Leadership lab
- Greenest City lab
- Age Friendly Action Research lab
Age friendly lab
The landscape of policies, plans, strategies and programs that impact seniors and age-friendliness in Vancouver is vast.
The Social Policy department is taking an action research approach through a Solutions Lab to experiment and test new ways of integrating change into existing policy rather than continuing to produce more strategies.
The convening question for the age-friendly, non-strategy lab is: How might we deliver a healthy city for all seniors, within the complete Healthy City framework, without creating another strategy?
The Co-initiating PDF file (4.8 MB) and Co-sensing PDF file (1.4 MB) stages of the process have already been completed and prototypes are being developed and tested by City staff and community partners.
The Solutions Lab process is building on work on the Seniors portfolio that the City has supported over the years:
- 2018 Age Friendly City Quick Dive Playback – Ethnographic research PDF file (3.5 MB)
- 2018 Social Isolation and Loneliness Among Seniors Report PDF file (4 MB)
- 2016 Dementia Friendly Train the Trainer Workbook PDF file (9 MB)
- 2013 Age Friendly Action Plan
- 2013 Seniors Dialogues PDF file (589 KB)
- 2010 Seniors backgrounder PDF file (4 MB)
The 2019 Social Innovation Project grants will be focused on supporting initiatives to create an age-friendly city.