Innovation and Data Use in Cities

A Road to Increased Well-being

This report is a first-of-its-kind work to provide evidence on how cities’ investments in innovation and data use can pay off in powerful ways for residents. It offers analysis on the different ways local governments build capacity at the strategic and technical level, from organisational structure and strategy, to resource allocation and outcome evaluation. It shows that cities with higher public-sector innovation capacity and data use practices have higher levels of city and life satisfaction. Furthermore, when looking across key well-being dimensions from housing to environment, health and walkability, cities with higher innovation capacity and data use practices outperformed cities with lower capacity. The lessons in the report have been distilled into 10 recommendations to help local leaders boost their data use and innovation capacity to improve resident well-being.

Available from December 21, 2021


Executive summary
Connecting cities’ innovation and data use to residents’ well-being
Innovation as a feature of policy making in cities
Data use as a feature of policy making in cities
Leveraging innovation and data use during the COVID-19 crisis
Building innovation and data use capacity in city government
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