The VMH Innovation Accelerator Process - How It Works

The Veterans Mental Health Innovation Accelerator utilizes the Colleaga experiential learning system that is grounded in evidence-based best practices and tailored for busy OSI clinic professionals to cultivate actionable innovation projects.

As a member in the Accelerator, you will participate in a disciplined, managed team-based innovation process shown below:






Stage 1: What is the problem?

The National Network collaboratively defines the strategic problem set and high-level business requirements.


Stage 2: Is the precise problem worth solving?

Local teams form and voluntarily decide which precise problems are most relevant for their OSI clinic to solve.

Your team advances when it has a precise problem statement with metrics and evidence that the problem is strategically worth solving, and an initial team structure with a lead and a clinical champion.


Stage 3: What targeted solutions might solve precise problem?

Teams explore and compare alternative solution options and select the most promising approach.

Your team advances when it has a consensus clinic approach and shareable solution components.


Stage 4: What is the innovation implementation plan?

Teams develop a project playbook.

Your team advances when it has an actionable, staged, project plan with well-defined resources and outputs.


Stage 5: Did the innovation solution solve the problem?

Teams implement and evaluate the first phase of their solutions and harvest shareable solution components.

Your team advances when it has demonstrated evidence that the first phase solution has generated benefits.


Stage 6: How do we scale successful innovations?

Successful teams continue on with the next stage of their scaling plan and share their learnings with new receptor clinics.

Your team exits when the project has achieved its scale objectives.