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Advancing innovation in the public sector: Aligning innovation measurement with policy goals

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  • Anthony Arundel, Maastricht University, University of Tasmania, Netherlands
  • Carter Walter Bloch
  • Barry Ferguson, University of Tasmania, Australia
There is sufficient evidence, drawn from surveys of innovation in the public sector and cognitive testing interviews with public sector managers, to develop a framework for measuring public sector innovation. Although many questions that are covered in the Oslo Manual guidelines for measuring innovation in the private sector can be applied with some modifications to the public sector, public sector innovation surveys need to meet policy needs that require collecting additional types of data. Policy to support public sector innovation requires data on how public sector organizations innovate and how a strategic management approach to innovation can influence the types of innovations that are developed. Both issues require innovations surveys to delve deeply into the
innovation processes and strategies that are used by public sector managers. Implementation of the measurement framework proposed in this paper would open up opportunities for a new, policy-relevant research program on public sector innovation.
Original languageEnglish
JournalResearch Policy
Pages (from-to)789-798
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2019

    Research areas

  • Governance, Innovation measurement, Public sector innovation, Public sector innovation policy

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