The 4th Annual Meeting of the National Schools of Government Network, jointly organised and supported by the MENA-OECD Governance Programme Centre, explored theme of Building Blocks for Public Sector Innovation: New Skills and Learning. The meeting considered the skills that civil services need to innovate and the new learning approaches to support the development of these skills. It enabled a policy dialogue that contributes to the work of the OECD on the development of a framework for innovation-related skills and its application through learning approaches for innovation.

Building on the theme of the Network’s November 2014 meeting, “Promoting Public Sector Innovation: Role of Schools of Government”, this year’s Annual Meeting focused on two inter-related perspectives:

  • What skills and competencies should be prioritised to enable more innovation in government, and what is the role of Schools of Government in building these? This discussion will help to identify some of the key elements around which a competency framework for innovation in the public sector can be constructed and the role of the Schools in its implementation.
  • What are the new methods in teaching and learning activities, including in developing skills for innovation? This discussion will enable Schools to showcase new means of curriculum delivery, their impacts on learning outcomes and their contribution to the development of innovation in government.

Taken together, both perspectives enabled a policy dialogue on the future of government, and the role of Schools in shaping this future.

In addition, the Meeting included two working sessions on Friday 8 April featuring discussions of the:

  • Progress on the development of the Open Government Toolkit
  • Findings of the 2014 OECD survey on Schools of Government

The working sessions enabled interested Network members to contribute to the development of these two Network Priority initiatives.

This meeting brought together representatives of National Schools of Government, international, regional and national associations of schools of public administration, OECD secretariat, and other stakeholders.

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