There is a fundamental need to increase the level of innovation within the public sector of OECD countries and EU states if they are to meet the challenges of the 21st century, a need which has only been increased by the fiscal pressures placed on many states by the 2008-2009 crisis.
At the OECD Observatory of Public Sector Innovation’s November 2014 conference “Innovating the Public Sector: From Ideas to Impact” – a forum that brought together ministers, public sector leaders and innovators (both inside and outside the public sector) – four “calls to action” were presented that needed to be urgently addressed to promote and enable public sector innovation:
- Focus on people – Governments must invest in the capacity and capabilities of civil servants as the catalysts of innovation. This includes building the culture, incentives and norms to facilitate new ways of working.
- Put knowledge to use – Governments must facilitate the free flow of information, data and knowledge across the public sector and use it to respond creatively to new challenges and opportunities.
- Working together – Governments must advance new organisational structures and leverage partnerships to enhance approaches and tools, share risk and harness available information and resources for innovation.
- Rethink the rules – Government must ensure that internal rules and processes are balanced in their capacity to mitigate risks while protecting resources and enabling innovation.
Embracing Innovation in Government: Core Skills for Public Sector Innovation
Published 26 April 2017