Science, technology and innovation policy

Measuring the link between public procurement and innovation


This webpage presents the findings of a recent OECD project on the measurement of the link between public procurement and innovation. This project was carried out under the auspices of the Working Party of National Experts on Science and Technology Indicators (NESTI) within the CSTP Programme of Work and Budget for the 2011-12 and 2013-14 and as part of the NESTI activity to review the measurement framework for R&D and innovation.

Taking the OECD science and technology measurement frameworks as the point of departure, the project has highlighted which concepts, definitions and measurement approaches can be used to produce policy-relevant indicators on the interaction between procurement of innovation. It has also demonstrated how administrative and survey data can be used in empirical analysis to study the impact of public procurement on R&D, innovation and economic performance.


Project Outcomes

Project final report released as OECD STI Working Paper

As part of this project, two expert workshops were held at the OECD headquarters in Paris, engaging measurement experts, academics, policy makers and other practitioners with an interest in procurement and its link with innovation. Agendas and presentations can be consulted online.

Expert workshop February 2013 

Final workshop December 2013 


Selected highlights - New evidence from the 2012 Community Innovation Survey

The charts below present results for selected EU-OECD countries that introduced new, experimental questions in their 2012 Community Innovation Survey. The questions asked about business participation in procurement contracts and whether firms undertook some innovation activity as part of the procurement contract.

Related work



This project has benefited from a grant funding support from the European Commission, as part of a collaborative partnership agreement between the OECD and DG Enterprise and Industry, the EC-OECD Partnership on Innovation.

The work has also benefited from a wide range of contributions from colleagues and experts.

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Co-funded by the European Commission.


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