Innovation in Public Finance: Listen-Share-Connect-Cocreate

Sep 28 – Oct 13, 2021 Online No Fee

At this online course we will look into how public institutions can promote innovations and include innovation processes into their work routines. We will adress question whether ministries / public organizations can be innovative? How to make changes in the organizational culture of bureaucratic minded institutions? We will explore moderation of innovation process and environment that promotes innovations and includes open, safe and flexible organizational culture. Participants will get to know different techniques that support and structure the innovation process and motivate and guide project teams towards innovation.

What will you learn

At this online course that will be designed as series of webinars we will be looking into what are the core skills for public sector innovators; how to innovate? -- an anticipatory proactive policymaking; what are the innovation trends and innovative covid19 responses. At first webinars the lecture will cover the OPSI/OECD innovation facets model and how to analyse public sector innovation portfolios strategically. Among the facets a large gaps in government action exists in the area of anticipatory innovation for which specific mechanisms in government have to be developed. The talk will cover the leading practice in this area and also discuss the recent innovation trend as part of the Covid-19 response and beyond.

Former minister of finance will offer firsthand experience of innovation in public sector. Among other he will speak about making changes in the organizational culture of bureaucratic government institutions and reforms in coordination mechanism behind the law on balancing of public finance and the law on establishing the Slovenian Sovereign holding.

We will also present the first part of the innovation process; starting wih identification of challenges, preparation of creative solutions and some elements of implementation of the selected idea. Concretely, we will also be looking into innovation methods from study and book on The Art of Managing Innovation Problems and Opportunities. We will get to know innovation methods such as problem mining, Ishikawa (fishbone) diagram, method for identification and search of solutions.  One of the webinars will be devoted to practical work with the innovation methods. We will also talk about the importance and meaning of innovation culture in an organization.

This learning initiative will be delivered in English, and highly participatory. Participants will be encouraged to share their experiences and country practices.

Who should attend

This online course is designed for officials working at line and finance ministries and other public institutions that are confronted with challenges to create new solutions for the problems they are facing at their work.

No fee will be charged for officials in the public sector. Candidates will need to be approved by the CEF; selected candidates will be informed a week after the application deadline.



  • Piret Tonurist, Innovation Lead, OECD

  • Angela Hanson, OECD

  • Janez Šušteršič, CEF Associate Fellow, Former Minister of Finance and Director of IMAD (Government's Institute for Macroeconomic Analysis and Development), Slovenia

  • Borut Likar, Full Professor, University of Primorska, Faculty of Management

  • Klemen Širok, Assistant Professor and Senior Lecturer, University of Primorska, Faculty of Management


This event is delivered as part of the EU funded multi-country project “Strengthening Line Ministries’ Capacities to Assess Fiscal Implications of Structural Reforms” (FISR) implemented by the CEF.

Funded by the European Union Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)