The Innovation Imperative

Contributing to Productivity, Growth and Well-Being

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Well-timed and targeted innovation boosts productivity, increases economic growth and helps solve societal problems. But how can governments encourage more people to innovate more of the time? And how can government itself be more innovative?

The OECD Innovation Strategy provides a set of principles to spur innovation in people, firms and government. It takes an in-depth look at the scope of innovation and how it is changing, as well as where and how it is occurring, based on updated research and data.

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Governance and implementation of innovation policies

This chapter explores a number of issues that are key to the governance and implementation of innovation policies. The first section of the chapter focuses on how to improve multi-level governance, i.e. in aligning policy actions across different ministries, agencies and stakeholders, but also across different levels of governments and across borders. The second section focuses on questions of trust in policies related to innovation, including the role of public engagement and risk management related to innovation. The final section focuses on specific questions related to the implementation and evaluation of innovation policies, including how governments can overcome challenges related to the implementation of reforms.

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