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Capacity-Building in Digital Sector (SE0019)

Overview

At-a-Glance

Action Plan: Sweden Action Plan 2019-2021

Action Plan Cycle: 2019

Status: Active

Institutions

Lead Institution: Agency for Digital Government

Support Institution(s): NA

Policy Areas

Access to Information, E-Government, Open Data, Public Participation

IRM Review

IRM Report: Sweden Design Report 2019-2021

Starred: Pending IRM Review

Early Results: Pending IRM Review

Design i

Verifiable: Yes

Relevant to OGP Values: Access to Information

Potential Impact:

Implementation i

Completion: Pending IRM Review

Description

It is especially important that the data that is made available also contributes practically
towards public benefit. Civil society, which has very deep and broad expertise in its specialist
areas, may thus need additional initiatives to fully be able to leverage the resource that open
data represents. Appropriate forms of collaboration are an important aspect in this respect,
for example. It is also important to consider the role this plays in developing government
policy. Enabling civil society to leverage open data to create a greater platform for analysis
and expertise in its specialist areas opens greater opportunities for civil society to come up
with proposed policies and initiatives.

It is also important that this type of innovation is not promoted for only one sector. DIGG
has therefore been commissioned to increase the capacity of the public sector to conduct
open and data-driven innovation in collaboration between research, industry and civil society.
DIGG is to trial the platform for open and data-driven innovation developed by the Swedish
Agency for Economic and Regional Growth: challengesgov.se, and to carry out
communication and promotion initiatives that seek to increase participation from start-ups,
small and medium-sized companies, civil society and other actors, e.g. international actors, on
the platform for open and data-driven innovation.

• Responsible actor: Agency for Digital Government (DIGG).
• Report to be submitted by: January 31st, 2021.
• Contributes towards OGP principles: Transparency, Technology and Innovation.

IRM Midterm Status Summary

3. Promote capacity for open and data-driven innovation in collaboration between research, business and civil society

Main Objective

"It is especially important that the data that is made available also contributes practically towards public benefit. Civil society, which has very deep and broad expertise in its specialist areas, may thus need additional initiatives to fully be able to leverage the resource that open data represents. Appropriate forms of collaboration are an important aspect in this respect, for example. It is also important to consider the role this plays in developing government policy. Enabling civil society to leverage open data to create a greater platform for analysis and expertise in its specialist areas opens greater opportunities for civil society to come up with proposed policies and initiatives.

It is also important that this type of innovation is not promoted for only one sector. DIGG has therefore been commissioned to increase the capacity of the public sector to conduct open and data-driven innovation in collaboration between research, industry and civil society. DIGG is to trial the platform for open and data-driven innovation developed by the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth: challengesgov.se, and to carry out communication and promotion initiatives that seek to increase participation from start-ups, small and medium-sized companies, civil society and other actors, e.g. international actors, on the platform for open and data-driven innovation."

Editorial Note: For the complete text of this commitment, please see Sweden's action plan at https://www.opengovpartnership.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/Sweden_Action-Plan_2019-2021_EN.pdf

IRM Design Report Assessment

Verifiable:

Yes

Relevant:

Access to Information

Potential impact:

Minor

Commitment Analysis

In 2018, the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth launched the national platform challengesgov.se as part of a three-year initiative for open data. [23] The platform aims to increase the re-use of open data from the public administration and to highlight current societal challenges that can be solved with open and data-driven innovation. [24] Various challenges and contests of public interest are posted to the platform, where participating individuals and teams can propose their own innovative solutions using available public sector data. Winning solutions to these challenges and contests are posted to the platform. [25]

Under this commitment, the Agency for Digital Governance (DIGG) plans to use the challengesgov.se platform to encourage participation of start-ups, small and medium-sized companies, and civil society in developing data-driven innovation. [26] According to a DIGG representative, a number of activities will be conducted in collaboration with the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth's Startup Sweden program and the innovation agency Vinnova to increase awareness and participation. Among these activities will be DIGG's ongoing collaboration with stakeholders involved in public administration to develop a new concept for Hack4Sweden to promote open and data-driven innovation as an integral part of public administration. DIGG will test the new concept in a pilot at the end of 2020 and then launch it in 2021. [27] Further DIGG activities will include:

  • Holding a national hackathon (part of the Hack4Sweden event) for April 2019.
  • A community hearing on citizen-driven innovation for May 2019.
  • A networking day on open innovation with data as a strategy at the annual conference on public space for July 2019.
  • Participation in the Civic Tech Sweden "OpenHeroines" meetup to talk about DIGG's government assignment and the pilot activities on challengesgov.se for November 2019. [28]
  • A "data lab conference" for April 2020. [29]

The commitment is relevant to the OGP value of access to information due to its focus on leveraging open data among non-government actors. Overall, the potential impact of this commitment will largely depend on the success of the implementation of DIGG's planned trial activities for the challenge.se platform as well as the utility of the data-driven solutions that emerge. However, considering that the commitment does not specify how DIGG plans to use the platform to trial and promote its initiatives, it is difficult to assess the potential impact as higher than minor. According to a representative of the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth, the agency is currently waiting for a top management decision on the scope and financing of the work and whether it will go beyond current government assignments. [30]

[23] The national platform challengesgov.se, https://challengesgov.se/om-oss/
[24] European Data Portal, Open Data Maturity Report 2019, p. 38, https://www.europeandataportal.eu/sites/default/files/open_data_maturity_report_2019.pdf
[25] Open Data award winners, "A pocket sized time machine - one of three winners of Stockholm Region Open Data Award" https://challengesgov.se/stockholm-open-data-award-winners/
[27] Angela Yong, Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth, email correspondence with IRM, 14 September 2020.
[30] Angela Yong, Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth, email correspondence with IRM, 14 September 2020.

Commitments

Open Government Partnership