Municipalities, county councils and regions face major challenges with increased cost pressures, changing demographics and changing demands from different user groups. In addition, extensive efforts are needed for the provision of skills and recruitment of future employees. As this require new solutions and ways of working SALAR works to strengthen the innovation capacity of our members.
For the first time, a survey of innovation in the public sector has been made in Sweden. The survey was performed in 2018 by SALAR, in collaboration with the City of Gothenburg, the Council for the Stockholm Mälar Region, and Vinnova, which has also provided funding.
The aim of the project is to establish a regular survey of innovation in the whole public sector, and to contribute to:
The Innovation Barometer is a quantitative survey that consists of two questionnaires.
One of the questionnaires has been sent to all municipalities, regions, county councils and authorities.
The other questionnaire has been sent to 5,300 public sector workplaces.
The questionnaire sent to workplaces asks if any innovation has been introduced over the past two years. If at least one innovation has been introduced, a number of questions about the latest innovation follow. Everyone is also asked whether a number of factors that are considered important for innovation work are present in the workplace or not.
The result of the Innovation Barometer shows that work with innovation is ongoing among many public sector parties, and that the innovations that are developed are useful for the organisations. The study does not, however, give a complete picture of the innovation ability in the public sector, as the response rate is relatively low. The census survey on the management level had a response rate of 46.86 per cent, which equals 246 responses, while the sample survey on the workplace level had a response rate of 31.9 per cent; 1,608 responses.
Work is based on the Innovation Barometer, which was initiated by Danish organisation the National Centre for Public Innovation, COI. The barometer survey has been carried out twice in Denmark, in 2015 and 2017, and once in Norway, in 2017, by the Norwegian Association of Local and Regional Authorities, KS. In 2018, surveys have also been performed in Finland, Iceland, and in the Norwegian state sector.
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