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Fostering Innovation in the Public Sector

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Public sector innovation does not happen by itself: problems need to be identified, and ideas translated into projects that can be tested, implemented and shared. To do so, public sector organisations must identify the processes and structures that can support and accelerate innovation. This report looks at how governments can create an environment that fosters innovation. It discusses the role of government management in inhibiting or enabling innovation, and the role that specific functions such as human resources management and budgeting can play. It suggests ways to support innovation – including by managing information, data and knowledge – as well as strategies for managing risk. Drawing on country approaches compiled and analysed by the OECD Observatory of Public Sector Innovation, the report presents a framework for collecting and examining data on the ability of central government to foster public sector innovation.

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Executive summary

Public sector innovation is about finding new and better means to achieve public ends. Innovation, especially breakthrough innovation, is complex and challenging for governments. Yet, the scale and nature of the challenges that governments face today require responses that go beyond incremental improvements. The public sector context has also changed with low level of productivity calling for a re-thinking and re-scoping of public sector processes, structures and systems.

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