Innovation Skills in the Public Sector

Building Capabilities in Chile

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The Government of Chile has set out a vision to develop a more inclusive society, and sees public sector innovation as a means to achieve it. But in order to achieve these ambitious goals, the Government will need to improve the innovation-related skills and capabilities of the Chilean public service. This report, the first of its kind on an OECD country, assesses the abilities, motivations and opportunities in Chile’s public service for contributing to innovation, and provides recommendations on how to further develop them.

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Opportunities for Chilean public employees to innovate

This chapter discusses the opportunities available for Chile’s public employees to contribute to innovation in their organisations. Creating the right organisational environment for public sector innovation is core leadership and management responsibility. The chapter explores two factors that contribute to this responsibility. First, it discusses how creating a common vision for public sector innovation could help to build the innovation narrative in Chile, develop shared understanding of goals, and align action across the public sector. Second, the chapter looks at the role that public leaders and managers in the Chilean public sector play to implement that vision and create the space and opportunities for innovation in their organisations. This includes promoting innovative ways of working, and sustaining efforts to embed innovative practices in the public sector.

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