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EPSA 2021 Application process is now open!

Submit your innovative project to EPSA 2021 by 10th of May at 24.00 CET.

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Innovative Public Administration

Are you thinking of submitting your project under the theme of ‘Innovation in PA’?

The Innovation in Public Administration award category welcomes projects which are based on innovation in the broader sense of organisational transformation in all areas of public administration (including but not restricted to visioning how new technologies might be exploited) which effectively address societal challenges, including economic and social inclusion, that are the highest priority for stakeholders and thus enhancing public trust in the legitimacy and competence of the entity, especially where there is a history of very poor past levels of service and/or critical service failures.

It could include effective responses to the COVID 19 pandemic, such as reshaping policy objectives, approaches to prioritisation, diversification of sources of supply, enhancing resilience through more effective emergency planning and disaster recovery and reformulation of service targets, reassessment of the need for infrastructure and the nature of infrastructure needed and enhancing the agility of the organisation to respond to future shocks.

More broadly it could include promoting policy coherence/integration of services, embedding/enhancing an innovation, internal challenge and self-learning culture in an entity, changes to policy processes (including more effective evidence-based policy making), enhanced operational and financial planning of services and infrastructure, more effective co-operation across national borders, between different levels of government within a country, between different entities at the same level of government and promotion of co-operation across different units within an entity, introducing new processes for engaging staff and other stakeholders in service co-creation, including opportunities to directly influence spending decisions, embedding a culture of transparency both internally and with external stakeholders and enhancing the ability of the entity to recruit, train, nurture and retain sufficient numbers of appropriately diverse skilled personnel and to provide assistance for the digitally excluded.

Other possible examples could include changes to working practices, more effective use of resources, better income generation, more effective and transparent means of monitoring financial and/or operational outcomes and strategic changes to service methods (e.g. from direct to delegated service delivery or reversing delegation of service delivery, between different types of delegated service delivery, public-public cooperation (including shared services), co-operation between the public sector and civil society or public-private partnerships for new or upgraded infrastructure).

It could include enhancing the effectiveness of public sector audit, enhancing the effectiveness of policy scrutiny by the legislature, regulators and civil society, better regulation for business and not-for profit entities, enhancing consumer protection, securing value for money and addressing fraud and corruption.

The following are projects from recent past EPSA editions which would fit into the scope of the theme ‘Innovative PA’

Citizen Spots P80

A wealth of ideas – Idériget P115

ParLex – A comprehensive e-legislative system P69

Co-creation platform P65

Vensters P67

SIMPLEX+ Program P79



For inspiration, on this link, you can find information on the work and priorities of the Commission’s Directorate-General for Structural Reform Support’