Projects and publications

The observatory provides practical advice to officials and countries on how to make public sector innovation projects work, both informally by supporting their initiatives or formally through country-specific studies. We also conduct cross-cutting research and projects that provide systematic or horizontal perspectives on the latest topics in public sector innovation. See below a gallery of our projects and publications.

The Innovation Imperative

The public sector has to become more innovative if it is to tackle today’s complex challenges and meet society’s changing expectations. But becoming truly innovative requires deep and broad changes to organisational culture and operations. Drawing on evidence emerging from the OECD Observatory of Public Sector Innovation’s collection of innovative practices from around the world, this report looks at how to create a government where innovation is encouraged and nurtured.

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Innovation lifecycle

This project will apply a life-cycle approach to innovation dividing it into a number of stages for the sucessful adaption of tools and methods. Read blog posts about our innovation lifecycle studies

A project funded by Horizon 2020
Horizon 2020

The Observatory has received a three year (2016-18, €1.5 million) grant from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 framework programme. The grant enables the Observatory to undertake a combination of research activities, initiatives and enhancement of its online platform. As a result the Observatory will be able to provide useful and practical tools to build the capacity and capability of public servants to innovate.

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Innovative Cities

This project will conduct a scan of urban innovations, profile and analyse their development process and intersections, and make recommendations on their diffusion in new city contexts.

A project funded by Horizon 2020
Review of Innovation Skills in Chile

This project will conduct a scan of urban innovations, profile and analyse their development process and intersections, and make recommendations on their diffusion in new city contexts.

A project in collaboration with Laboratory de Gobierno, Chile
Embracing Innovation in Government: Global Trends

The Observatory has undertaken a review of global trends in government innovation. Supported by a call for innovations and conducting in-depth case studies, Embracing Innovation in Governmentidentifies six trends in public sector innovation, and was launched at the 2017 World Government Summit in Dubai in February 2017.

A project in collaboration with the Mohammed Bin Rashid Centre for Government Innovation
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Systems Thinking and Systems Approaches

This project will develop a conceptual framework, case studies and analysis with recommendations on how the public sector can adopt system thinking.

A project funded by Horizon 2020
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Skills for public sector innovation

This project will undertake an inventory of innovation skills and learning environments for public servants and develop a training curricula and online courses.

A project funded by Horizon 2020