Information and innovation in the public sector

Bureaucrats frequently make difficult policy choices with limited information. Public service incentives to seek out quality information and schemes to lower the cost of accessing that information could transform decision-making and help support innovations that lead to growth.

Through its civil service, a capable state raises revenues and provides key public goods and services, using these capabilities to foster economic growth and enhance welfare. To make better-informed decisions related to public policy, the use of information by public officials is crucial.

This Growth Brief seeks to understand the defining characteristics of information use in the public sector and considers potential policy options for navigating the constraints associated with that information use.