Programa Conexão para Reconhecimento Aberto (Connection for Open Recognition Program)

The Conexão Inovação Pública RJ is a network of Brazilian public servants. Distance and other factors negatively impact the interaction and mobilisation of network members. The Connection for Open Recognition Program is an action of engagement, collaboration and strengthening of the network to encourage the sharing of material, promotion of new events and recognition and appreciation among the members of the network.

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Conexão Inovação Pública RJ is a network formed by Brazilian public servants that promotes free courses and events to share knowledge and experience about innovation in the public sector. The network has two major challenges: maintaining member engagement and improving the dissemination of relevant content about innovation. To face these challenges, the Connection for Open Recognition Program was created. The first prototype was launched in 2019 and the second (current) version in January 2020.

The Program consists of using gamification and open recognition to promote various engagement actions among the members of Conexão Inovação Pública RJ

The main objectives of the Program are:

a) Valuing and recognising members who actively participate in Conexão Inovação Pública RJ;
b) Build several collaborative and constantly growing databases: work on innovation, tools, videos, venues for events, calendar of events, laboratories, teams and innovation networks, etc.

All public servants interested in innovation in the public sector are benefited, as everything done by Conexão Inovação Pública RJ is published in groups on Whatsapp and on the network's LinkedIn page.

For the future, the number of program participants is expected to continue expanding, since it was designed from the beginning to be scalable. The test of the first prototype was until 12/15/2019 and ended with 21 registrants. The second version has 95 enrolled on 02/19/2020.

The program's course of action was determined from the delivery of expected value (recognition among peers sharing knowledge) through diversified actions related to the purpose of the network. Firstly, the aim was to reinforce the feeling of recognition among people in the network and then to foster a culture of knowledge sharing.

Gamification techniques were used for the program, such as badges (which allow you to track which types of activities are most used by the network) and points ("Connection Points"), which can be used in auctions to earn rewards (such as books). For the mapping and enhancement of laboratories, teams and innovation networks, an award contest was created where voting takes place through "investment" of "Pontos Conexão", using a process inspired by the GovTech Program of the government of Portugal. The recognition of members of the network takes place through referrals between peers. This nomination is submitted for approval by the other members of Conexão Inovação Pública RJ. Whoever obtains a certain number of votes approving the nomination receives a "Certificate of Recognition". The idea is inspired by the Belgian government's Be Badges Program.

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