The second paper in our LIPSE Working papers series is available now at the Downloads page (LIPSE Working papers). The papers deals with the measurement of public sector innovation and is written by our partners Rainer Kattel, Aleksandrs Cepilovs, Wolfgang Drechsler, Tarmo Kalvet, Veiko Lember and Piret Tonurist.
The aim of this article is to give an overview of scholarly state-of-the-art in terms of both conceptualizing and measuring public sector innovations. In order to do so, the article consists of following sections 1) a brief overview of prevailing attempts to conceptualize (define) public sector innovation, 2) summary of private sector innovation performance measurements and indicators, 3) state of the art in discussions of measuring public sector performance, 4) recent projects and literature on measuring public sector innovation. The paper conclude by drawing these various discussions together.
Quote from the conclusions:
Measuring performance in the public sector in general is complex and complicated matter where recent research has brought out more problems than solutions. Critical assessments, however, tell us that both performance and productivity measurements tools should be used with cautions and in particularly comparison should be used with extreme caution.
Download the paper here.