Governments have traditionally successfully nurtured innovation in the private sector through smart policies and strategies. Today however, a more significant opportunity is on the rise: governments are moving away from simply being enablers of private sector innovation, to become co-contributors, participants and even pioneers of innovation. Their procurement policies, quality of service provisions, and adoption of technology are today more than ever, shaping the innovation performance of the wider economy.
We call them Innovation-Driven Government (IDG), whereby innovation becomes an organisational imperative for the public sector itself, rather than exclusively the domain of the private sector that governments only influence remotely. This report explores what IDG is and what it can achieve, focusing on six areas that together make up a government that has the potential to influence and advance its own innovation agenda.