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Administrative Capacity-Building (FR0038)



Action Plan: France Action Plan 2018-2020

Action Plan Cycle: 2018

Status: Active


Lead Institution: Minister of State for the Digital Sector, attached to the Prime Minister

Support Institution(s): Ministry of the Interior; Ministry for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition; Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs; Ministry for Territorial Cohesion; Ministry of Economy and Finance; Ministry of National Education; Ministry of Culture

Policy Areas

Capacity Building, Legislation & Regulation, Private Sector, Science & Technology

IRM Review

IRM Report: Pending IRM Review

Starred: Pending IRM Review

Early Results: Pending IRM Review

Design i

Verifiable: Pending IRM Review

Relevant to OGP Values: Not Relevant

Potential Impact: Pending IRM Review

Implementation i

Completion: Pending IRM Review


Opening the administration to new skills and supporting the Government’s open innovation initiatives
Lead institution(s):
Minister of State for the Digital Sector, attached to the Prime Minister
Other stakeholders:
Ministry of the Interior; Ministry for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition; Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs; Ministry for Territorial Cohesion; Ministry of Economy and Finance; Ministry of National Education; Ministry of Culture
New commitment
OGP principles with which the commitment is associated:
Participation, Innovation and technology for openness
Numerous entrepreneurs, developers and data scientists working within digital ecosystems are ready to work with and within the State in order to improve public services by making use of the potential provided by the opening and circulation of public data, new uses of digital technology and working with communities of civil society contributors.
In addition, when they are looking to implement innovation projects requiring recourse to uncommon skills and expertise, administrations have to cope with a whole range of difficulties, including binding procurement contracts that take time to implement (even though the changes underway with regard to public purchases are bringing about greater flexibility in the processes involved), salary scales that hold little attraction for experts in digital technology, and lack of visibility as to methods developed within the entrepreneurial world.
Bringing administrations alongside digital ecosystems, perpetuating open innovation initiatives in the administration and disseminating such practices, including the “Entrepreneur of General Interest” programme, ministerial incubators and hackathons.
Public action is increased and improved by interaction between administrations and external players. Such exchanges enable identification of new problems connected with public action, introduction of new work methods, development of digital projects open to contribution, and assistance with startup development.
Various models have already been put to use by administrations as ways of getting more closely involved with digital ecosystems:
• - the “Entrepreneur of General Interest” programme, which brings external talents into the administration in order to resolve digital challenges within ministries;
• - the digital public services incubator, which provides public officials with the opportunity to develop effective digital products that better meet users’ needs;
• - incubation of projects promoted by private players, bearing on public problems or connected with a given sector’s digital transition.
• Public events designed to encourage collaboration between administrations and external players on a specific theme (hackathons, dataCamps, design workshops etc.). The “Entrepreneur of General Interest” (EIG) programme developed by Etalab favours such encounters between external talents and public officials wishing to introduce new problem- solving techniques. EIGs work in selected administrations for a 10-month period in order to resolve challenges connected with digital technology. The success met with when the experiment was first tried out in 2016 resulted in a second year’s trial. Its initial success must now be capitalised on if the initiative is to be perpetuated. The programme also enables identification of constraints that need lifting and opportunities to take advantage of in order to develop genuinely extended public services that would enable the State to work more simply with startups and transform public policies.
• It is also a matter of promoting and facilitating setup of ministerial incubators and disseminating agile methods in the implementation of projects.
The road map in detail

• Perpetuating the “Entrepreneur of General Interest” programme:
• • launching the 2nd and 3rd EIG years;
• • perpetuating programme funding over the longer term. 2018
•Creating a network of EIG alumni providing feedback on the initial years in order to help improve the programme’s effectiveness 2018
•Using such feedback as a basis for proposing legislative and regulatory changes with a view to improving technological pubic innovation within the administration 2019

In addition to these crosscutting actions, the following ministries have made commitments of their own:
● Create an ecosystem by making best use of open data and developing data co- production initiatives through projects and organisation of events
• ● Launch the first season of Fabrique Numérique (6 projects), a digital services incubator for development of new uses contributing to implementation of public policies
• ● Mobilise Entrepreneurs of General Interest to foster use of data in order to prevent maritime accidents
• ● Implement new data-science projects on the open innovation model:
o protection of whistleblowers: developing an information system accessible to whistleblowers that would guarantee traceability of information and their protection
o optimisation of roadside checks: better identification of zones in order to carry out more pertinent checks
o optimisation of examination of building permit applications: development of artificial intelligence software for urban planning which would assist individual applicants in examination of building-permit applications and eventually automate such examination.
• ● Organise a workshop open to producers and reusers of data on waste (BarCamps / hackathons)
• ● Launch a new call for Green Tech Verte (ministerial incubator) “Jeunes Pousses” projects aimed at small-scale startups
• ● Continue support for work on redesigning and modernising services provided to French citizens travelling abroad and residents (the present Conseil aux Voyageurs and Fil d’Ariane). The project was winner of the January 2017 hackathon organised by the Ministry in partnership with the Interministerial Directorate for Information and Communications Systems (DINSIC) and the General Union for Public Purchases (UGAP).
• ● Set up a ministerial incubator designed as a facility where Ministry staff (Information System Directorate developers and intrapreneurs) and external players (developers, startups, young innovative companies, etc.) work on innovative projects.
● Create a “business innovation kit” in collaboration with the Agence du Patrimoine Immatériel de l’Etat (APIE – Agency for Public Intangibles in France) (mock-up: The kit will enable easy setup of an online platform making administrations’ knowledge and communicable tools and/or resources available to users. It is designed as an open-access software module that can be incorporated, for example, into the “Comment Faire” public innovation toolbox ( provided by the Interministerial Directorate for Public Transformation (DITP, formerly the Secretariat-General for Government Modernisation [SGMAP]). The kit is disseminated in free format for kit content and the kit itself, and the source code is available at a repository ( It uses the Git system and its online version Github as infrastructure, adding a simple user-friendly interface. Content is provided by public innovators for use by other public innovators and may also be of interest to members of civil society (citizens’ associations and innovative operators).
Open a ministerial innovation “lab” dedicated to acculturation to innovation and support for innovative projects within the Ministry: constitution of a team and a range of services in 2018.
Continue support for administrations and cultural operators in formalisation of projects for the call for EIG projects. In 2018, with Ministry support, two EIGs will be developing a platform for indexing and presentation of Mobilier National collections.
Support development of innovative digital services via the “State startups” scheme managed by, including the “Pass Culture” project, a mobile app providing young people with access to local artistic and cultural education with a dedicated digital portfolio.
Set up a library of human resources initiatives in order to capitalise on successes and failures.
Support recognition of the right to make mistakes by organising seminars, events and feedback on the right to make mistakes, risk taking and the search for innovation.

France's Commitments

  1. Transparency of Public Services

    FR0030, 2018, E-Government

  2. Transparency of Public Procurement

    FR0031, 2018, E-Government

  3. Transparency of Development Aid

    FR0032, 2018, Aid

  4. Expand Open Data

    FR0033, 2018, E-Government

  5. Improved Data Policies and Administration

    FR0034, 2018, Capacity Building

  6. Transparency of Public Algorithms

    FR0035, 2018, E-Government

  7. Open Data at Sub-National Level

    FR0036, 2018, Capacity Building

  8. State AI Lab

    FR0037, 2018, Capacity Building

  9. Administrative Capacity-Building

    FR0038, 2018, Capacity Building

  10. Public Service Incubators

    FR0039, 2018, Capacity Building

  11. Streamline Data Flows

    FR0040, 2018, E-Government

  12. Open Etat Forum

    FR0041, 2018, E-Government

  13. Online Procedures Dashboard

    FR0042, 2018, E-Government

  14. Govtech Summit

    FR0043, 2018, Capacity Building

  15. Imrove Public Consultation Mechanisms

    FR0044, 2018, E-Government

  16. International Transparency and Citizen Participation

    FR0045, 2018, Aid

  17. Public Pariticipation in Sustainable Development

    FR0046, 2018, Capacity Building

  18. Open Science

    FR0047, 2018, E-Government

  19. Citizen Involvement in Cour Des Comptes

    FR0048, 2018, Capacity Building

  20. Private Sector Transparency

    FR0049, 2018, Asset Disclosure

  21. Access to Information on Public Officials

    FR0050, 2018, Asset Disclosure

  22. Open Regional and Local Authorities' Data

    FR0001, 2015, Fiscal Transparency

  23. Publish Municipal Council Decisions and Reports Online

    FR0002, 2015, E-Government

  24. Publish Building Permits in Open Data Format

    FR0003, 2015, Open Data

  25. Starred commitment Increase Transparency in Public Procurement

    FR0004, 2015, Open Contracting and Procurement

  26. Improve Transparency in International Development Aid

    FR0005, 2015, Aid

  27. Open Access to Public Policy Evaluations

    FR0006, 2015, E-Government

  28. Involve Citizens in Cour Des Comptes Work

    FR0007, 2015, Fiscal Transparency

  29. Access to Public Officials Transparency Obligations

    FR0008, 2015, E-Government

  30. Starred commitment Beneficial Ownership

    FR0009, 2015, Beneficial Ownership

  31. Transparency in Extractive Industries

    FR0010, 2015, Extractive Industries

  32. Transparency in International Trade Commercial Negotiations

    FR0011, 2015, Labor

  33. Fix My Neighborhood

    FR0012, 2015, E-Government

  34. Digital Fix-It

    FR0013, 2015, Open Data

  35. Co-Produce Data Infrastructure with Civil Society

    FR0014, 2015, Open Data

  36. Starred commitment Open Legal Resources

    FR0015, 2015, Legislation & Regulation

  37. Reform Participatory Mechanisms

    FR0016, 2015, Public Participation

  38. Mediation and Justice

    FR0017, 2015, Judiciary

  39. Starred commitment Open and Circulate Data

    FR0018, 2015, Land & Spatial Planning

  40. Open Calculation Models and Simulators

    FR0019, 2015, Open Data

  41. Open Platform for Government Resources

    FR0020, 2015, E-Government

  42. Improve Public Services Through E-Government and User Interaction

    FR0021, 2015, E-Government

  43. Empower Civil Society to Support Schools

    FR0022, 2015, E-Government

  44. Diversify Recruitment Within Public Institutions

    FR0023, 2015, Capacity Building

  45. Culture Change

    FR0024, 2015, Capacity Building

  46. Spread Public Innovation

    FR0025, 2015, Capacity Building

  47. Starred commitment Protect Against Conflicts of Interest

    FR0026, 2015, Conflicts of Interest

  48. Civil Society & Transparency in COP21 Conference Planning

    FR0027, 2015, Environment and Climate

  49. Open Data and Climate/Sustainable Development

    FR0028, 2015, Open Data

  50. Collaborate with Civil Society on Climate and Sustainable Development

    FR0029, 2015, Environment and Climate