Digital Government Review of Sweden

Towards a Data-driven Public Sector

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This digital government review asseses the state of data-driven policies and initiatives in the Swedish public sector. It explores the underlying institutional governance and co-ordination arrangements for digital government in the country, and their impact on policy implementation. It also discusses data-sharing and managing initiatives, data governance and open government data practices. The review looks at how Sweden could better share knowledge, promote innovation and improve collaboration both across the public sector and with external stakeholders. Finally, it highlights how the government can use data to build a closer relationship with citizens in order to address policy challenges, improve public service delivery, and, ultimately, strengthen public trust.


Executive summary

Sweden has achieved a considerable level of digital maturity of its public sector, thanks to previous digitalisation efforts and a culture of transparency and consensus. However, the government needs to acknowledge that what worked before might not necessarily do so in the current context, and the government’s efforts to govern, manage, share, open up and use data should act as a means to support broader outcomes and be driven by a whole-of-government approach.


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