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Smart policy development can change society

Can properly designed policies and instruments help innovations to develop? Is it possible to have a better impact on socially beneficial ideas if we can adapt the instruments? We think so.

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Smart policy development is many different methods, practices and working methods

The demands for a more open and agile public sector increase in step with changes and the complexity of societal development. Innovations and new lifestyles put pressure on current laws, rules and established working methods of authorities and other public actors.

The risk is that public organizations prioritize stability and avoiding mistakes - instead of daring to take the necessary initiatives where the focus is on the benefit of citizens or companies.

Smart policy development is an initiative to create modern and effective rules of the game for markets and the public sector, by, for example, using innovation methods such as design thinking. The goal is to facilitate innovations that strengthen sustainable societal development.

This is smart policy development

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Vinnovas GD Darja Isaksson on how smart policy development can open up for innovation. To watch the full movie use this link:

Examples of smart policy development

Vinnova promotes the work of public actors to adapt policies and instruments to society's eligibility requirements for sustainable development. Here you can read more about project where we worked for an innovation-friendly policy development.

Offers in smart policy development

Do you want to participate?

Are you a public authority in the starting blocks to address a challenge related to both policy and innovation? Or do you have ideas about which ones should be interested? Then you are most welcome to contact us at Vinnova, see contact details further down the page.

Our mission is to support creative policy development in various ways and create shared learning and experience.

It can be about:

  • identifying regulations that need to be renewed, designing new rules or testing them before they are launched
  • adapt operations around existing regulations - to facilitate their compliance, such as supervision, application processes, control bodies, information, training and customer service by administrators and employees.


Adrian Solitander

Programme Manager

+46 8 473 31 42

Maria Kaaman

Programme Manager

+46 8 473 31 74

Anna Bjurström

Programme Manager

+46 8 473 30 89

Last updated 21 June 2021

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