State-of-the-art report on public sector innovation

CCIC Partner ARC Fund (Applied Research and Communications Fund) developed and published a State-of-the Art Report on public sector innovation as a key deliverable of the CCIC project. This report presents an overview of how public sector innovation is made possible on the local and regional level within the contexts of the involved project partners.
As a key deliverable to the CCIC project, ARC Fund published a state-of-the art report on public sector innovation, whose key ambition is to present an overview of how public sector innovation is made possible on the local and regional level within the contexts of the involved project partners. The analysis is based on data collected through an online survey and in-depth interviews conducted with innovation stakeholders – practitioners, managers, innovation planners, policy and decision-makers, civil society leaders.
Innovation in the public sector has recently become the subject of increased attention by policy administrators and decision-makers, but is still far from being uniformly recognized as either an organizational or societal phenomenon. Particularly within a local (municipal) and regional public sector context where innovation can have the most direct impact, policies and administrative procedures are not always predisposed or designed in a way to yield results that would be considered innovative. While in the private sector innovation has long been seen as a source of growth and competitive advantage, the public sector often struggles to perform in new, different ways, also exhibiting a certain degree of confusion as to the desired impact of generated novelties.
The state-of-the-art report addresses these challenges, and highlights several important trends in terms of how certain characteristics influence innovation thinking, involvement and decision-making. It further provides an analysis of how innovation is being understood in a public sector context, discussing a number of nuances, key opportunity factors, drivers and barriers to innovating and innovation diffusion. Following the conceptual framework of the CCIC project, particular attention is paid to innovation opportunities related to the four thematic areas of the project: public procurement rules and procedures; specific financial instruments used to support or resulting from innovation; the specific relations with civil society actors; publicly owned enterprises. Finally, some ideas are offered for the strengthening of innovation capacity of the public sector.
The full text of the report is available on the website of the CCIC project (www.ccic-project.eu), as well as on ARC Fund’s website at http://www.ccic-project.eu/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/CCIC-State-of-the-art-report-SotAreport.pdf.