Innovation comes in public during the month of November

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For the first time, the Interministerial Directorate of Public Transformation (DITP) is organizing a Month for Public Innovation. This new format is based on the Public Innovation Week that has been offered every year since 2014. In particular, it will allow us to adapt to the conditions imposed by the current health context… Coordinated by DITP, this Public Innovation Month is an opportunity to highlight the innovation initiatives and capabilities of public services and officials (1). Also, particularly challenging in this time of health crisis, public managers, communities and administrations have this time from 2 to 30 November 2020 to express themselves on local initiatives undertaken to respond to the health crisis. As well as the solutions in progress to play their part in the success of the recovery plan.

Public Innovation Month Launch – November 2020

Public Innovation Month, valuing innovative projects in the territories

Planned throughout November 2020, Public Innovation Month will highlight the territorial initiatives launched to better meet the expectations of users. Indeed, in search of proximity and efficiency on the part of public services, innovation has accelerated in recent years. This 7th edition for public transformation will focus in particular on the solutions thought, put in place or to come to combat the health crisis and accompany the recovery plan.

State officials, local authorities, public health and social institutions have shown their capacity to adapt and innovate in the service of our citizens in recent months. Public Innovation Month is an opportunity to highlight it. I want to draw from these local initiatives very concrete improvements in public service at the national level, which is particularly essential in the recovery of our country.

Amélie de Montchalin, Minister of Transformation and Public Service

In order to adapt to the requirements for barrier gestures, the event gives pride of place to digital formats. Thus, the program is designed at the initiative of the actors on the ground, who can adapt the model of their intervention. Webinaries and video conferences, podcasts, dematerialized training… Events are planned throughout the country. In the Bordeaux region, Bordeaux Métropole organizes a whole schedule of conferences and workshops #TesterDemain,from 17 to 27 November (2). Crafts, production and local consumption, low-tech, video games, digital, ecology, covid and tracking… The themes discussed over these 10 days are expected to be as broad as the issues that institutions are tackling. The occasion to recall that even in times of health crisis, local actors maintain their commitment to their users.

transformation and modernization of public services for Public Innovation Month in November 2020
Public Innovation Month already has more than 100 organizers for several hundred conferences and workshops.

A format to engage the public and encourage cooperation

Beyond the promotion of the actions undertaken, the Month of Public Innovation is the real opportunity to bring together public actors and users. It thus reserves a special place for citizens to involve them in the discussions. All are concerned, including citizens, user groups, state services, public laboratories, local authorities… Stakeholders who do not know each other while they invest the same spaces of expression on a daily basis.

The aim of this event is to raise awareness of innovation projects. To do this, it places users at the heart of public action.

“We offer you a particular focus in line with the priorities of public action, which will be public transformation in the heart of the territories.”

Thierry Lambert, Interministerial Delegate for Public Transformation

A reason for this is that the event directly inherits from its predecessor Public Innovation Week. For example, last year, DITP dedicated the week to the theme of “citizen participation.” More than 400 events across France had been organised at the time. Managerial, collaborative, digital innovation… Another approach to open up opportunities for work between administrations and with citizens.

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On this occasion, the Public Policy Transformation Laboratory, the 27th Region, offered various interventions, roundtables and workshops on new forms of cooperation, co-administration between public actors and groups of inhabitants, citizens, users (3). Partner of the event since the first edition in 2014, the laboratory sees it as a good opportunity to meet, to share experiences to strengthen the capacity of public innovators to act.


  1. Public Innovation Month
  2. #TesterDemain, Public Innovation Month
  3. The #Moisdelinnovationpublique, it is those who participated who speak the most!
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