Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation
Measuring the Digital Transformation
A Roadmap for the Future
Measuring the Digital Transformation: A Roadmap for the Future provides new insights
into the state of the digital transformation by mapping indicators across a range
of areas – from education and innovation, to trade and economic and social outcomes
– against current digital policy issues, as presented in Going Digital: Shaping Policies,
Improving Lives. In so doing, it identifies gaps in the current measurement framework,
assesses progress made towards filling these gaps and sets-out a forward-looking measurement
roadmap. The goal is to expand the evidence base, as a means to lay the ground for
more robust policies for growth and well-being in the digital era.
Published on March 11, 2019Also available in: Spanish
The measurement work undertaken in the OECD Going Digital project has led to a set of nine proposed actions that, if prioritised and implemented, would substantially advance the capacity of countries to monitor the digital transformation and its impacts.
Make the digital transformation visible in economic statistics
Understand the economic impacts of digital transformation
Measure well-being in the digital age
Design new approaches to data collection
Five of the actions are targeted to specific areas identified as requiring attention:
Monitor transformative technologies (notably the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence and blockchain).
Make sense of data and data flows
Define and measure the skills needed in the digital era
Measure trust in online environments
Assess governments’ digital strengths
By further building the evidence base, countries can prepare the ground for more robust policies to promote growth and well-being in the digital era. Action now will reap rewards in the future.
The digital transformation is a multifaceted and fast-moving phenomenon that has significant impacts, including on the business processes and models of firms. As a result, the pace of technology uptake will depend, among other factors, on the type of sector in which a given firm operates. While no single indicator is able to reflect the pace of technology development and diffusion, combining indicators can provide insights into how different sectors, are positioned in terms of technology adoption. Industries can then be classified into quartiles from most to least digital intensive which allows cross-country comparisons across a number of dimensions by digital intensity of sectors.
Going digital toolkit
A smaller set of indicators for the OECD Going Digital policy dimensions has been selected for visualisation and international comparisons in the Going Digital Toolkit.
The Toolkit also provides easy access to additional indicators from the publication and the underlying data and databases, as well as related publications, policy guidance and more.