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Our objective - a more innovative and innovation-promoting public administration

Regulations, and not least the interpretation of regulations, sometimes have an inhibitory effect on innovation. At the same time, properly designed regulations can instead contribute to new markets and societal improvements can be created, begun and spread.

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Regulations, and not least interpretation of regulations, can sometimes inhibit innovation. In some cases, it is good, as it can prevent new ideas from having negative consequences or lead to injustice. But sometimes the rules brake unnecessarily and often completely unintentionally. In some cases, new rules or other forms of financial incentives are required for new markets and societal improvements to be created, started to be used and spread.

There are several examples of rules that are not adapted to current conditions and public activities that are not sufficiently responsive hinders development - and fail to meet the people and business to new needs. We believe that these phenomena / examples are becoming more and more common and that we are living in an era where there is an unusual need to review existing rules. We also believe that today's way of developing new rules does not really have a bearing and that the process of developing rules should therefore be renewed.

What is the problem with today's process of developing new rules? We believe that changes in the public sector are too much organized to achieve "internal efficiency" and that sometimes fail to meet needs quickly enough in people's lives and in business operations. Instead, one meets old needs or needs within the public organization.

We believe that new forms of working methods and policy development within the public sector are required to make the governance of the public more effective and to promote social development in the direction that our elected politicians decide.

We also believe that more cooperation is part of the solution where transparency, including citizens, businesses and civil society in the design of public activities needed. It creates an improved overall view and long-term perspective in political decision-making with more satisfied people and a more competitive business world. With policy labs, we try to find these new ways of working and collaborating.

This is how we work with smart policy development

Vinnova supports public actors in proactively working with rule and policy development in order to be able to adjust based on the challenges and rapid changes that exist. The support will take place within a mission that extends to 2022.

In the framework of these assignments, Vinnova collaborates closely with Komet and DIGG, but also in international collaborations such as Global Future Council on agile governance.

Vinnova will also support the implementation of the government's partnership programmes, which will gather power to meet important societal challenges and strengthen Sweden's competitiveness.

Read more about the international policy development cooperation

Read more about the government's partnership programmes.

Report: How we can facilitate innovation with smart policy development

In the final report for the government assignment on follow-up research on policy labs you will find conclusions and thoughts on how Sweden can continue to work with smart policy development to facilitate innovation.

Here is our final report to the Government Offices on the task of strengthening coordination between authorities for a coherent innovation process.


Do you have questions about Vinnova's effort within the policy lab? Please contact us.

Jakob Hellman

Head of department

Last updated 24 May 2019

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