COVID-19: Innovative responses update #6

[Originally published by the OECD Observatory of Public Sector Innovation (OPSI) under a Creative Commons Attribution – ShareAlike 3.0 IGO (CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO).]

This is our sixth 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 nearly 300 examples and initiatives in the collection, 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 

While collecting innovative responses, we are simultaneously keeping an eye on the long term, to countries’ proactive steps towards uncertain futures and to signals and analyses of how our assumptions about public sector governance may change. 

This includes looking at how government could (or should) change at a systems level, such as Thea Snow’s Reimagining Government seriesthe reflections from the London Office of Technology and Innovation about what a good recovery looks like, or some thinking about what healthy learning systems look like in the public service. It’s also about looking through topic- and discipline-specific lenses – for instance, whether health and wellness measures could compete more strongly against GDP for attention post-COVID-19, or whether pro-social language could continue in our discourse post-crisis, part of a series exploring our collective economic future. Let us know if you see other relevant pieces.


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.