Public governance

The Innovation Imperative in the Public Sector

Setting an Agenda for Action

Published on August 19, 2015

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
Public sector innovation: An agenda for action
Empowering the public sector workforce to achieve public sector innovation
Generating and sharing innovative ideas in the public sector
Working in new ways to support public sector innovation
Innovating within existing public sector rules, processes and procedures
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The OECD has developed the Observatory of Public Sector Innovation (OPSI) to collect and analyse examples and shared experiences of public sector innovation to provide practical advice to countries on how to make innovations work.

The OPSI’s online platform is a place where users interested in public sector innovation can:

  • Access information on innovations
  • Share their own experiences 
  • Collaborate with other users

 View the OPSI website