INNOCAP: Capacity Building for Innovative Digital Public Services

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ERNACT gets a new project approved to prepare the public sector to become more innovative in the coming NPA Programme 2021-2027.
09 December 2021 - ERNACT  project
The ERNACT network is delighted to announce the approval of a new digital transformation project, INNOCAP, funded by Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme through their Bridging Call 2021.

'Building public sector innovation capacity towards digital-driven NPA communities' - INNOCAP is a preparatory project starting in January 2022 with a duration of 6 months. In this project, ERNACT will closely collaborate with the Assocation of Local Authorities of Västernorrland (Sweden), Ruralia Institute (Finland) and Government of Newfoundland and Labrador (Canada), bringing together the university and public sector.

The main outcome of the project will be the Capacity Building Programme for Innovative Digital Public Services in the Northern Periphery and Arctic regions, including the main aspects identified with key stakeholders from public sector, SMEs and higher education institutions (HEIs) and using previous experience from partners.

Public sector organisations in the Northern Periphery and Arctic area acknowledge the importance of introducing new innovations to meet the increasing demand for quality and sustainable services addressing shared characteristics like long distances, limited resources and skills and low critical mass of consumers for successful market-led operations. 

Work carried out in projects led by the ERNACT network like DISTINCT shows that, when addressing these challenges, the main factor is not the availability of innovative services, products or processes in the area, where SMEs, HEIs and research centres present a significant pool of expertise and enough potential to assist public sector in this task, but the lack of awareness by public sector organisations on these innovative solutions.

INNOCAP tackles the challenges and leverages the opportunities of the public sector from a new approach: it covers both the demand and the supply sides of public service provision and assesses not only its role as provider, but also as promoter and early-adopter of digital innovations available. Public service providers are turned into facilitators that co-create value and take advantage of the current supply capacity in the NPA area. In doing so, focus will be put on how to build the capacity of the public sector and prepare it to play this important role.

"We are delighted for having the opportunity brought by this project. INNOCAP will allow us to seek for new ways to unlock the potential that public sector has in promoting the adoption of existing digital solutions and innovations in the NPA area that can be turned into better quality and sustainable services", says Jose Manuel San Emeterio, Programme Manager at ERNACT.

The work will be utilised as a main project idea to run and test the effectiveness of the Capacity Building Programme in the coming NPA Programme 2021-2027.

Click here to email  Ianire Renobales at ERNACT for further information

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