FOKUS Competence Center
Contact Person

Prof. Dr. Knut Blind

Fraunhofer-Institute for Open Communication Systems
Kaiserin-Augusta-Allee 31
10589 Berlin
Germany

Phone: +49 (0)30 314-76638
Fax:     +49 (0)30 314-76628

knut [dot] blind [at] fokus [dot] fraunhofer [dot] de 

Public Innovation

Public Innovation focuses on the innovation promotion and generation role of the public sector and its related institutions. The challenge is in identifying, measuring and explaining public innovation on the one hand and assessing its impact on and interrelation with innovations in the private sector. The service offering of Fraunhofer FOKUS’s Public Innovation research group targets three research areas:
  • Knowledge regimes and technology transfer (KTT)
  • Innovation driven private-public partnerships (PPP) and public procurement (PP)
  • Standardization, certification and accreditation (= Quality Infrastructure) (QI)

 

Background Info:

Why are innovations in the public sector important? Innovations in and supported by the public sector at all level (regional, country and federal) are crucial for tackling the so called grand challenges like climate change, energy safety, health, demography and security. In addition an innovative public sector is also very relevant for increasing the productivity and quality of public services, which are becoming more important in the competition between regions and states. However, innovation research has focused so far on the private sector and only very little on public sector. There are almost no conceptual and theoretical studies and analyses on innovation in the public sector available. Consequently, there is also only little work done on the various impacts of innovations in the public sector. Finally, there is now agreed methodological approach to measure public innovation and consequently only very few empirical studies on driving factors and impacts of public innovations.

The conceptual dimensions of the basis for Public Innovation’s work are visualized below.

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Head of the Public Innovation research group is Prof. Knut Blind, professor for innovation economics at the Technical University of Berlin, who is also a member of the Advisory Expert Group of the OECD Innovation Strategy. Furthermore he is a Managing Director of the Office of the Expert Group Research and Innovation established by the German Government and Chairman of the CEN Working Group Standardisation, Innovation and Research STAIR.

Fraunhofer FOKUS contributes its research, knowledge transfer and IPR know-how as well as its experiences both for advising policy makers and enterprises collaborating with the public sector or confronted by the mentioned framework conditions set by the public sector.

 

News

Berlin Innovation Panel

How to evaluate potential and performance for innovation in the capital region Berlin-Brandenburg? To review the strategies and positioning in the competition for innovative businesses and skilled workers, the capital region should be comparable with other metropolitan regions in Germany. The project "Development of a Berlin Innovation Panel (GDP)" puts its focus on that subject.

http://www.inno.tu-berlin.de/menue/forschung/projekte/innovation_im_metropolregionenvergleich

https://www.ub.tu-berlin.de/index.php?id=2621#c12757

 

Commission of Experts for Research and Innovation

The Commission of Experts for Research and Innovation (Expertenkommission Forschung und Innovation – EFI) provides scientific advice to the German Federal Government and periodically delivers reports on research, innovation and technological productivity in Germany.

Publishing of the 2011 Report

On 23 February 2011 the fourth report of the Commission of Experts for Research and Innovation in the German was given to the German Government. The report is available on this website.

http://www.e-fi.de

http://www.e-fi.de/fileadmin/Gutachten/2011_deu.pdf

 

EU Reports

In its Innovation Union Communication of October 2010, the European Commission announced its intention to pilot a European Public Sector Innovation Scoreboard as a basis to start benchmarking public sector innovation. In preparation for this work, the 2010 Innobarometer was dedicated to public sector innovation. The survey among 4000 European organisations in public administration7 shows that innovation in public services is widespread. Within Europe, two out of three organisations active in public administration introduced a new or significantly improved service in the last 3 years.

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Contact Person

Prof. Dr. Knut Blind

Fraunhofer-Institute for Open Communication Systems
Kaiserin-Augusta-Allee 31
10589 Berlin
Germany

Phone: +49 (0)30 314-76638
Fax:     +49 (0)30 314-76628

knut [dot] blind [at] fokus [dot] fraunhofer [dot] de