Aim of the Observatory
The OECD is developing an Observatory of Public Sector Innovation. The Observatory aims to systematically collect, categorise, analyse and share innovative practices from across the public sector, via an online interactive database.
Today, the public sector in many countries faces the dual challenge of tight fiscal constraints, alongside more diverse and increasing demands on public services. The Observatory responds to these challenges by helping countries achieve the potential that innovation offers in improving public sector performance and delivering better outcomes. Innovation's role in fostering efficiency and effectiveness in the public sector was at the heart of the , held in Venice, 2010.
Countries are already introducing innovative practices to their public services to differing degrees. However the conceptual understanding of what innovation means for the public sector, and what its impacts are remains limited.
The Observatory aims to address these knowledge gaps by collecting, categorising, analysing and sharing country practices to create a common definition of public sector innovation, and to produce analysis so that countries can understand the benefits innovation can provide, and the factors which are important to its success.