Enhancing Innovation Capacity in City Government

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Cities are reinventing themselves to adapt and respond to their evolving contexts. One instrument that local government is leveraging is innovation. To understand how cities approach public sector innovation, the OECD and Bloomberg Philanthropies carried out a survey on innovation capacity across 89 cities in OECD countries and non-OECD economies. The focus of the survey was to unpack the capacity to innovate in the local public sector and explore the resources – human, financial, and institutional – and how they can work to boost innovation in a city.

This report explores the approaches and goals, staffing and structure, data, financial resources, and evaluation efforts that local administrations are making to innovate. It also reviews the outcomes that are resulting from these measures, especially related to resident well-being.



Athens Road Map on Innovation for Inclusive Growth

In 2019, the OECD Champion Mayors for Inclusive Growth Initiative created the Athens Road Map: Innovation for Inclusive Growth in Cities, which was adopted by the 60 mayors who make up the coalition. The Road Map documented a commitment from local leaders to leverage the full potential of innovation to promote innovation policies and practices that helped cities become places of shared prosperity, equal opportunity and champions of well‑being for all members of society. Implementing the Road Map implies working together with communities, citizens, non-governmental organisations, businesses, academia, stakeholders and other levels of government in three main areas: 1) social innovation; 2) technological innovation; and 3) public sector innovation.


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