The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in June unveiled a new portal for innovation in the public sector, the 'Observatory of Public Sector Innovation'. The observatory is to collect, share and analyse examples of public sector innovation and to provide practical advice to countries on how to make innovations work. The portal will be demonstrated at the OECD 'Conference on Innovating the Public Sector: From Ideas to Impact', which takes place in Paris, France, on 12 and 13 November.
The https://www.oecd.org/governance/observatory-public-sector-innovation/ observatory is a place where users interested in public sector innovation can:
- Access information on innovations
- Share their own experiences
- Collaborate with other users
"Public sector innovation is both an imperative and an opportunity for governments today," the OECD writes. "It is about using new approaches, from policy design to service delivery, to improve the performance and responsiveness of the public sector." The platform will build a network of researchers, non-governmental and others, "to capture a wide range of relevant experience and research."
The Observatory is led by a Task Force compromising 21 OECD countries, chaired by the Canadian and French government. The Task Force is eager for interested parties to join.
The platform allows visitors to search for innovations, including by clicking on a map to select innovations per country. It also offers an online library, presenting research on public sector innovation from a range of sources, including the OECD, national governments, academia and research institutions. The observatory includes 'country profiles', where national governments can share their policies, programmes and relevant events. Thirteen countries have already created such profiles, including ten European Union Member States.