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University of Haifa
University of Maastricht
University of Manchester
Vinnova, Sweden
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University of Alcalá
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The Publin policy workshop on innovation in the public sector


The EU Publin research project invited policy makers and others involved in public sector innovation policy development to a workshop in Brussels on December 2 2005.

The Publin project under the EU Fifth Framework programme has for three years studied innovation in the public sector. The researchers have made use of literature from a wide variety of disciplines, interviewed public employees, civil servants and policy makers, and made surveys of attitudes towards public innovation.

The Publin team has studied the networks of public employees, public institutions, companies, NGOs and knowledge institutions that make learning in this part of society possible. The case studies have focused on innovation in health services and the social sector, while the horizontal work has been on innovation in the public sector in general. The goal has been to learn more about how innovation in this part of society takes place, to what extent innovation champions drive innovation forward, what hinders or delays innovation and what we can do to improve such processes.

At the workshop Publin researchers presented some of the major findings from the research project. Moreover, policy makers were invited to share their experiences from public innovation processes. The overall objective of the workshop iwas to discuss concrete policy strategies aimed at strengthening public sector innovation.


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9.00 - 9.15
Welcome and practicalities

9.15 - 9.45
Presentation of the Publin project
By Deputy Director Per Koch, PUBLIN coordinator (PDF file)

9.45 - 10.15
The Publin surveys and interviews, results
By Dr. Nitza Schwabsky, University of Haifa (PowerPoint file)

10.15 - 11.00
Innovation in health and social services, results from the PUBLIN case studies,
By Dr. Paul Cunningham, PREST University of Manchester (PowerPoint file)

11.00 - 11.15

11.15 - 11.45
On innovation in the public sector, theory and practice
By Dr. Friso von Hertog, MERIT (PowerPoint file)

11.45 - 12.00
Questions and interventions

12.00 - 13.30

13.30 - 14.00
Innovation in the public and private sectors, the role of public procurement
By Ruben Schellingerhout, The European Commission

14.00 - 14.30
On pseudo markets and incentive structures in innovation policies for the public sector
By Dr. Paul Windrum, Manchester Metropolitan University (PowerPoint file)

14.30 - 15.00
Innovation in new member countries, with a special focus on Slovakia,
By Katarina Staronova, Comenius University Bratislava (PowerPoint file)

15.00 - 15.15

15.15 - 16.00
Open discussion

In addition Dr. Luis Rubalcaba from the University of Alcala made a short presentation of Innovation as a key dimension for the public sector performance (PowerPoint file).

List of participants. (PDF file)

The workshop was arranged by the Publin consortium, the Publin coordinator NIFU STEP in cooperation with the European Commission and the Research Council of Norway, and takes place on December 2nd 2005 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Rue du Trone 98, 1050 Brussels.

The PUBLIN site is published by NIFU STEP Studies in Innovation, Research and Education. Editor: Per M. Koch, NIFU STEP, Hammersborg torg 3, N-0179 Oslo, Norway, phone +47 22 86 80 21, fax: +47 22 86 80 49.