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OECD Declaration on Public Sector Innovation

Principles and actions for enhancing innovation

OECD Declaration on public sector innovation

about the innovation declaration

The Declaration offers principles to inform and enhance the systemic use of innovation in the public sector to achieve policy goals.

Declare to innovate

At OPSI, we call on all public sector innovation actors to Declare to Innovate. The OECD Declaration on Public Sector Innovation is a legal instrument based on five principles and associated actions that governments or public organisations can use to inform and enhance innovation and its management.

The Declaration articulates a shared understanding among governments about the role of innovation in meeting challenges and constitutes a concrete commitment to support, improve and expand public sector innovation. Critically, the Declaration legitimises innovation as a core strategic function of public sector organisations, in which each and every public sector servant can and should play a role.

Since its adoption on 22 May 2019, 43 countries have adhered to the Declaration. It is officially available in English and French, with unofficial translations in Brazilian Portuguese, Czech, Greek, Latvian, Portuguese and Spanish.

An evidence-based and inclusive process

Discussions taking place at OPSI conferences from 2014 to 2017 highlighted the appetite and benefits of establishing an OECD legal instrument for innovation. Throughout 2018 and 2019, OPSI’s National Contact Points (NCP) and the OECD Public Governance Committee (PGC), in consultation with OECD Member and non-Member States, reviewed and approved the Declaration which builds on years of OECD and OPSI research, analyses and country studies. OPSI also included learnings from the stakeholder engagement and integrated communication campaigns to further strengthen the evidence-base and ensure an inclusive process in the development of the Declaration.