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Minister McGrath launches “Making Innovation Real”, the Public Service Innovation Strategy

From Department of Public Expenditure and Reform

Published on 11 November 2020

Last updated on 11 November 2020

The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Michael McGrath TD has today (Wednesday, 11th November) launched Making Innovation Real, the Public Service Innovation Strategy.

This new Public Service Innovation Strategy coordinates the Government’s ambitions and commitment to grow innovation across Ireland’s Public Service. The Strategy incorporates commitments from the Programme for Government, notably in relation to the establishment of a Policy Innovation Office. It provides for much greater involvement of citizens in working with our public servants to develop policy responses to meet their needs. It also calls for higher levels of collaboration amongst organisations and sectors across the public service.

The development and production of this Strategy was part of an EU funded project, under the European Commission’s Structural Reform Support Service.

Commenting on the launch of this strategy, Minister McGrath said:

“At its very essence the objective of innovation in the public service is to ensure that vital services are provided to people in a more timely and efficient manner. In a short space of time, the Covid-19 pandemic has forced governments throughout the world to change the way they organise their activities to meet the needs of the public. Ireland’s Public Service has responded admirably in this transformed environment, quickly developing new channels to deliver services to citizens, whilst simultaneously taking measures to mitigate the pervasive impact of the virus on our economy and society. As we plan our recovery from this unprecedented economic shock, it is imperative that we identify ways to sustain the enhanced culture of innovation that has featured prominently across our Public Service since the onset of this pandemic.”

Read the full press release.

Making Innovation Real, the Public Service Innovation Strategy.