Innovations, reports, and manuals for innovation in the Public Sector are posted in the Public Sector Innovation Observatory of the General Secretariat of Human Resources of the Ministry of Interior. The Greek Public Administration Innovation Observatory is the means of communication and promotion of innovation that takes place in the Greek public administration, in the international and national environment, being a member of the Innovation Network of the member states of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
It is noted that the data from the innovations we receive are used in the context of decision-making for the formulation of innovation policy. They are also a key element of the information that we send as a country to the OECD.
The objectives of the Innovation Observatory are to enhance the visibility of innovative public organizations, to disseminate good practices to other organisations and the comparative learning from the practices posted.
The main function of the Innovation Observatory is the Innovation Repository. Leadership and innovation executives of public organizations can there access data on innovations implemented in various policy areas, at different government levels.
To date, the Department of Innovation and Best Practices has received and processed more than 50 practices. 44 innovative actions and practices implemented by public sector organizations have already been published in the repository.
COVID-19 innovative practices
In the summer of 2020, the process of collecting and processing practices related to the management of the challenges caused by the pandemic crisis began. To date, 36% of the practices posted relate to the COVID-19 response. As it turns out, concerning the management of COVID-19, the central administration, which designs policies at the national level to ensure public health, plays an important role, while the local government has implemented a significant number of actions at the local level, with a clear social orientation.
Most of the practices for COVID-19 concern social welfare and citizen protection. Besides, it is observed that also, a significant part of the practices concern public health and information as well as the improvement of the provided services e.g. through the digitalization of procedures, aiming primarily at social distancing.
Regarding the data we have received, 59% of innovations are designed and implemented at the local level (Municipalities, NPDD, etc.), which is largely due to the interaction with citizens and the need to improve their service.
The main types of innovation, designed and implemented concern:
- Improvement of the services provided
- Process planning and redesign
- Collection and use of data for decision making and information of beneficiaries.
Regarding the areas that innovations aim to improve, 47% are about the improvement of the administrative function of public organizations, and then 25% about the field of public health.
To further explore the aggregates of innovations, see Data Visualization, Innovation Chart, and other tables.
Also, visit the Innovation Repository, with more information about the innovations, find out how they were designed and what results they achieved, and what you can learn from the experience of other innovation teams.
How you can contribute…
If you are interested in promoting your innovation or highlighting your public organization, you can submit your proposal to us at this link.
In addition, if you believe that you can contribute to the development of innovation, join the public sector innovation network to participate in our actions.
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Public Sector Map of Innovations and Good Practices