Modernize the Public Sector Through Innovation? A Challenge for the Role of Applied Social Science and Evaluation

Finn Hansson, Maria Theresa Norn, Torben Bundgaard Vad

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The article will discuss the challenges related to the use of social science knowledge in innovation processes in the public sector, drawing on a case, an evaluation of the Program on Research for Innovation and Renewal in the Public Sector (abbreviated FIFOS) under the Research Council of Norway. The paper will discuss how to plan and execute research-based knowledge in innovation in the public sector. The paper discusses and criticizes the often-met linear thinking in the application of new knowledge, especially in relation to innovation. It also suggests, by the help of a model based on ideas from organizational learning, another strategy for organizing the use of social science research for innovation in the public sector. As a consequence the paper advocates new evaluation strategies, where learning and dialogue is in focus.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2013 EU-SPRI Forum Conference
Place of PublicationMadrid
PublisherEU-SPRI Forum
Publication date2013
ISBN (Print)9788469574089
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Event2013 EU-SPRI Forum Conference: Management in Innovation Policies - Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Madrid, Spain
Duration: 10 Apr 201312 Apr 2013
Conference number: 3


Conference2013 EU-SPRI Forum Conference
LocationUniversidad Autonoma de Madrid
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