COVID-19: Innovative responses update #5

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This is our fifth update about innovative responses (including public sector innovation, digital government or open government) being undertaken around the world. Thank you again to all who have contributed in answer to our call and to our partners (including the Centre for Public Impact and GovInsider) for helping us to collect innovative practices. We hope that teams around the world can learn from each other and take inspiration from the information collected. There are now over 260 examples and initiatives in the collection, and these are helping deepen our knowledge and understanding of how the public sector and its partners are responding to one of the most significant crises of recent times.

What can we observe from the additions made since our last update?

Reflections and new thinking

As an addition to this series of updates, we are going to start noting some of the relevant thinking and writing about that has been instigated by the crisis. For this update, we note Dan Hill’s ‘Slowdown Papers’ exploring how the coronavirus crisis is an articulation of broader climate, health and social justice crises and the second-order implications.


The innovative initiatives here are represented as best as we can, given the information available. Additionally, these examples are included as observations, with no judgement made about their merits. Innovative responses are, by definition, new, and it takes time to know whether new things work, and if they work, whether they are appropriate or wanted.

If you know of other examples, we want to hear from you 

We need your help in continuing to add innovative initiatives to the coronavirus crisis to our tracker and in disseminating the call. This not only helps us to gather data to inform our research and support of governments, but it helps others to share ideas and replicable solutions with others around the world. All our work on this topic will feed into the broader work of the OECD in compiling data, information, analysis and recommendations regarding the health, economic, financial and societal challenges posed by the impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19). Please visit the dedicated page for a full suite of coronavirus-related information.