How do you achieve an innovative learning organisation

OPSI Archive Posts, Innovation lifecycle

The work of the public sector is changing quickly to respond to a more complex, interdependent and hard-to-predict world. Are we, and the organisations we work in or with, ready to fully understand that change and convert that new understanding into knowledge and innovations that improves the lives of citizens? We hope to hear from you about your experience to inform our work.

The Observatory of Public Sector Innovation: the journey continues

OPSI Archive Posts, OPSI

Back in November 2014, at the launch of the Observatory of Public Sector Innovation, more than 400 policy makers, front line public servants, civil society organisations, and academics gathered at the OECD to celebrate government innovation—how we can do things differently to achieve positive results for individuals and society. At that event, the OECD made a call to action for governments to create the conditions to promote and enable public sector innovation. How did countries respond to that call? Almost two years down the road—with many economies still on the road to economic recovery—innovation has become a more significant imperative …

CitizenPoweredCities: Co-producing better public services with citizens

OPSI Archive Posts, City/local innovation, OPSI

The partnership between the OECD and the non-profit organisation Governance International has shared with the OECD’s Observatory of Public Sector Innovation (OPSI) 50+ international case studies on how public service organisations, in particular at the local level, harness the skills, capabilities and energy of citizens to achieve better outcomes. You can use these case studies to explore why and how many governments in the OECD co-commission, co-design, co-deliver and co-assess public services with users and local communities, use evidence-based results and create pathways towards CitizenPoweredCities. When Dr. Catherine Needham wrote the first co-production case study in 2010 on a highly …

A Nationwide Celebration: UAE Innovation Week

OPSI Archive Posts, Events

It began with an announcement, when His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed AlNahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates, declared 2015 as the “Year of Innovation” in the country. HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashed Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai then dedicated November 22-28, 2015 as UAE Innovation Week, where institutions throughout the nation would showcase their innovations. The Week was a nationwide celebration of innovation for government, the private sector, and educational institutions, involving citizens, residents, and visitors from all age groups. Emirates Post Group even issued a set of commemorative stamps in coordination …

Brazil Innovation Week: Building on the Country’s Innate Creativity

OPSI Archive Posts, Events

Innovation requires a certain amount of creativity and dynamic thinking, two qualities that come somewhat naturally in Brazil. The country’s recent Innovation Week was all about harnessing these attributes for positive change in the public sector. From November 30th and December 4th, several hundred participants embarked enthusiastically on a number of activities for Brazil’s public sector innovation week, Semana de Inovação em Gestão Pública. Held in the capital Brasília and organized by the Brazilian Ministry of Planning and the Federal Court of Accounts, in partnership with the OECD, the IDB and other national and international organizations, the Innovation Week has …

Australia Innovation Month – Engaging, Informing and Equipping Public Servants

OPSI Archive Posts, Events

If you are trying to raise awareness of innovation – both the need for it, and ways of doing it – and trying to help public servants learn about the process of innovation, how might you proceed? In Australia, we established ‘Innovation Month’ – a month long series of events and activities about innovation targeted at public servants and interested stakeholders and partners. In 2015, Innovation Month had the theme of ‘Dream, Dare, Do’ and over 70 events around the country with over 6000 participants. The aims of Innovation Month are threefold: To help raise awareness and to build engagement …

Co-producing services with and for youth

OPSI Archive Posts, City/local innovation

Today, the number of NEET (not in education, employment or training) youth in Surrey has more than halved from about 1000 to 429 from five years ago, with data showing that Surrey had achieved the lowest joint NEET proportion in England between November 2013 and January 2014. How this result has been achieved? By putting youth needs first we changed the logic of service delivery focusing away from packaging interventions to commissioning better outcomes for Surrey youth. In April 2009, the Surrey County Council faced two challenges: to reduce the number of NEET youth and reduce our budget by 25%. …