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.



Cities’ innovation capacity – the way forward

This chapter begins with a discussion on the importance of assessing innovation initiatives in the public sector. Then it will discuss some of the key gaps that researchers and policy makers need to fill to advance the field and support cities’ innovation capacity. The chapter will then move to present the Athens Road Map on Innovation for Inclusive Growth as an additional tool for cities. Finally, the chapter will propose a checklist of measures cities could take to improve their innovation capacity based on the findings of the OECD/Bloomberg Survey of Innovation Capacity in Cities.


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