SI in the Public SectorPUBLIN

SI in the Public Sector


Innovation in the Public Sector

PUBLIN was a research project under the EU Fifth Framework Programme. It studied policy learning and technical and administrative innovation in the public sector, and tried to get a better understanding of behavioural changes, learning processes and the implementation of new or improved technologies in public organisations.

The study covered innovation in policy-making organisations, regulatory agencies and public enterprises, taking into consideration the influence that cultural traits, politics, management, networks and co-operation, entrepreneurship and evaluations have on innovation.

The main objective of PUBLIN was to develop a consistent and general basis of understanding of the main processes of public sector innovation and policy learning.

As part of this PUBLIN was asked to:

• Contribute to the development of the theoretical foundation for studies of innovation in the public sector.

• Pinpoint innovation strengths and weaknesses in contemporary public service organisations and policy making institutions.

• Examine the influence politics, management, evaluations, cultural traits and entrepreneurship has on innovation in public organisations.

• Analyse networks, knowledge flows and sources and drivers of learning and innovation in public organisations.

• Give new insight into the learning processes underlying development in public sector bureaucracies.

• Consider the effects of public innovation in the broader societal context of socio-economic development models (i.e. go beyond traditional objectives as “increased efficiency” and include factors like social cohesion, the environment, welfare needs, the quality of life and more).

On the basis of this PUBLIN has given concrete advice on how public authorities may organize learning and innovation processes in the public sector, while taking national characteristics and differences between the various policy and innovation systems into consideration.