The Innovation Imperative in the Public Sector

Setting an Agenda for Action

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The public sector has to become more innovative if it is to tackle today’s complex challenges and meet society’s changing expectations. But becoming truly innovative requires deep and broad changes to organisational culture and operations. Drawing on evidence emerging from the OECD Observatory of Public Sector Innovation’s collection of innovative practices from around the world, this report looks at how to create a government where innovation is encouraged and nurtured.



Executive summary

Governments are seeking to innovate: in how they work; in the services they provide and how they provide them; and in how they interact with citizens, businesses and civil society. These changes are being driven by different forces, including a more globalised and networked world, rising citizen expectations, new technologies, increasingly complex problems facing governments and – particularly since the 2008 economic crisis – tight budgets. Whatever the reason, the consensus seems clear: public sector organisations need new ways of working.


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