Directorate for Public Governance


Fostering Innovation in the Public Sector

Public sector innovation does not happen by itself: problems need to be identified, and ideas translated into projects that can be tested, implemented and shared. To do so, public sector organisations must identify the processes and structures that can support and accelerate innovation. This report looks at how governments can create an environment that fosters innovation. It discusses the role of government management in inhibiting or enabling innovation, and the role that specific functions such as human resources management and budgeting can play. It suggests ways to support innovation – including by managing information, data and knowledge – as well as strategies for managing risk. Drawing on country approaches compiled and analysed by the OECD Observatory of Public Sector Innovation, the report presents a framework for collecting and examining data on the ability of central government to foster public sector innovation.

Published on April 25, 2017


Foreword and acknowledgements
Executive summary
Overview: The role of government management in fostering public sector innovation
Dealing with regulations and procedures in public sector innovation
Incentivising staff and building capacity for innovation
The role of the budget process in promoting public sector innovation
Organisations supporting innovation
Managing risks and uncertainties in public sector innovation
Data, information and knowledge management for innovation
Conclusions: Towards a framework for country studies of public sector innovation
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