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Craete Federal Agency for Digital Innovation (DE0019)



Action Plan: Germany Action Plan 2019-2021

Action Plan Cycle: 2019

Status: Active


Lead Institution: Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community (BMI)

Support Institution(s): NA

Policy Areas

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: Pending IRM Review

Potential Impact: Pending IRM Review

Implementation i

Completion: Pending IRM Review


What is the public problem that the commitment will address?
To date, digital transformation projects and digital challenges have often been implemented by the administration in a self-contained way and by specific agencies in silos. Innovative and agile methods and processes are only rarely taken into consideration. Users are often included in the implementation of digital transformation projects only too late or not at all. Lessons learned are not applied, and failures are not taken as opportunities to learn. In order to keep pace with the digital transformation of the world, the administration must try out ideas in an experimental, user-oriented way and find solutions – faster, more nimbly and more openly than previously. This includes more transparent communication of both successes and failures.

What is the commitment?
The BMI will set up a Digital Innovation Team that acts as a “think & do tank”, establishing structured innovation management in the federal administration and disseminating and embedding methods from design thinking, service design and agile working in the administration. The Digital Innovation Team will thus create space to shape innovative solutions for government, including outside the usual administrative structures and thinking patterns (outside the box), and to develop these solutions and implement them in a moderated way. The Digital Innovation Team will be responsible for setting up and running a suitable working environment as well as for networking and communication among all of the relevant participating players. Partners from business, public administration and civil society will be brought together in a network to jointly work on innovative solutions. The aim is to gain new kinds of working experiences in administration, learn from one another and grow together. The Digital Innovation Team will thus serve as a support, consulting and coaching unit, which will empower others to find and implement innovative solutions.

How will the commitment contribute to solving the public problem?
The culture of innovation that is systematically disseminated by the Digital Innovation Team will make projects more successful for the long term, provide for quicker solutions in administrative work – even outside the digital transformation – and thereby provide positive impetus for a more modern, transparent, participatory and solution-oriented administrative culture. By setting up a website specifically for the team and publishing all of the project results and project knowledge, we will promote transparency in the federal administration. We are pursuing an approach based on the principle that before the Federal Government can project transparency outward, it must practice transparency internally to bring about a shift in the mindset of the federal administration.

Why is this commitment relevant to OGP values?
A key objective of this measure is to make the digital transformation of the administration
more citizen-centred and participatory through more interconnection with, for example,
civil society initiatives. The methods disseminated by the Digital Innovation Team will foster a
better cultural approach to mistakes as well as transparency and openness in administrative
action and towards the public.


  1. Participatory Development of Research and Innovation Policy

    DE0022, 2019, Public Participation

  2. Participatory Creation of Regulatory Policy

    DE0023, 2019, Open Regulations

  3. Digital Strategy Pilot for Rural Regions

    DE0024, 2019, Public Service Delivery

  4. Open Government in North Rhine-Westphalia

    DE0025, 2019, Access to Information

  5. Policy Co-Creation in North Rhine-Westphalia

    DE0026, 2019, Land Rights and Spatial Planning

  6. Data Sovereignty in North Rhine-Westphalia

    DE0027, 2019, Access to Information

  7. Open Government Portal in Saxony

    DE0028, 2019, E-Government

  8. Open-Source Software in Public Administrations in Schleswig-Holstein

    DE0029, 2019, Subnational

  9. Regional Open Government Labs

    DE0016, 2019, Public Participation

  10. Civil Society Consulation on Foreign Policy

    DE0017, 2019,

  11. Create Youth Strategy

    DE0018, 2019, Marginalized Communities

  12. Craete Federal Agency for Digital Innovation

    DE0019, 2019,

  13. Transparency and Participation in International Aid

    DE0020, 2019, Access to Information

  14. Strengthen and Socialize Open Data Policy

    DE0021, 2019, Access to Information

  15. Conditions for OGP Participation

    DE0001, 2017,

  16. Open Data in Administrative Practice

    DE0002, 2017, Access to Information

  17. Open Data Environment

    DE0003, 2017, Access to Information

  18. Access to Spatial Data

    DE0004, 2017, Access to Information

  19. Financial Transparency - EITI Standard

    DE0005, 2017, Access to Information

  20. Transparency in Development Policy

    DE0006, 2017, Access to Information

  21. Open Data for Intelligent Mobility

    DE0007, 2017, Access to Information

  22. Citizen Participation in Environmental Policy and Urban Development

    DE0008, 2017, Capacity Building

  23. Electronic Procedures for Family Benefits

    DE0009, 2017, E-Government

  24. Knowledge Network for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex People

    DE0010, 2017, E-Government

  25. Local Alliances for Family Initiative

    DE0011, 2017, Public Participation

  26. Share of Women and Men in Leadership Positions, Private and Private Sectors

    DE0012, 2017, E-Government

  27. Open Access to Academic Literature

    DE0013, 2017, E-Government

  28. Science Year 2018

    DE0014, 2017, Public Participation

  29. Federal Competition “Living Together Hand in Hand”

    DE0015, 2017, Citizenship & Immigration

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