Public Innovation Capacity: Developing and Testing a Self-Assessment Survey Instrument

Albert Meijer
2018 International Journal of Public Administration  
Governments around the world are pressed to develop innovative solutions for the wicked problems they are facing. To develop these solutions, the public innovation capacity-defined as the capacity to develop and realize new ideas for societal problems-is of crucial importance. This article builds a model of the public innovation capacity on the basis of innovation systems theory and the literature on public innovation. Five functions-mobilizing, improvising, vitalizing, balancing, and
more » ... ng-are identified and operationalized to construct a self-assessment survey instrument for governments. This instrument in tested by using it to self-assess the public innovation capacity of a Dutch municipality. This test highlights the validity of the instrument and shows that it helps to identify weaknesses in the public innovation capacity. This measurement can form the basis for a reflection on the government organization's public innovation capacity as a basis for interventions to improve this capacity.
doi:10.1080/01900692.2018.1498102 fatcat:gmyxq5kbtnf6fdf5wumckwkhyy