The European Centre for Government Transformation brought together an eclectic group of top civil servants and thought leaders in public sector innovation to give a first evaluation of The 2016 College of Europe State Transformation Case Studies, prepared by students at the College of Europe (Chopin promotion). Robert Madelin, senior innovation adviser at the European Political Strategy Centre in the European Commission and author of the forthcoming Madelin Report on innovation, chaired a jury of top civil servants from EU member states. This year, the case studies were selected among the winners and finalists of the European Prize for Innovation in Public Administration given by the European Commission’s directorate-general for research and innovation. The projects focus on expanding a Business Service Portal in Austria, facilitating funding for SMEs in the Netherlands and developing a successful open data strategy in Spain. The students are divided into three teams, each of which spent part of their academic year studying the challenges of a leading European agency and making recommendations for further improving operations. Later, the high-level jury chaired by Mr Madelin will decide and award The 2016 Public Service Innovation Award to the best overall project. Director-General Madelin also chaired a working dinner with the Government Executive Innovation Circle, a high-level body of committed public servants and experts, on the challenge of state modernisation.