Putting People at the Heart of Social Policy – Closes on Friday 15 March 2019

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is calling on public servants and their partners in civil society and industry to share their experiences harnessing “people power” today to produce better social policies tomorrow, with the aim of giving people a greater say in shaping policies that matter to their lives.


The OECD’s 2018 Risks that Matter survey involving 22,000 people in 21 countries found that people’s biggest fears were about becoming ill or disabled and being worried about simply making ends meet. In addition, public trust in government has been eroding across the OECD when policy makers need it most as they have to respond to new challenges in a rapidly changing world of work, inequality, and escalating pension and healthcare costs. Only 43% of the respondents to the OECD said they trust their governments. Social policies have a role to play in supporting people facing life transitions, and are an important way that governments buttress the impacts of economic shifts.

The OECD has already gathered more than 200 examples of successful public sector innovation initiatives and wants to learn more about what works in public engagement and consultations on the full range of social policy issues.


The OECD is inviting submissions sharing the results and success stories of engagement initiatives on social policy gathered as part of “The Call for Innovative Stakeholder Engagement Cases.” Selected case studies will be credited and will be published on the Observatory of Public Sector Innovation (OPSI) website. Contributions will be used to build the OECD’s knowledge base and may be used in future publications in order to get the word out to people around the world interested in successful “people power” innovation. And finally, two case studies will be selected from among the submissions and the contributors will be invited to Paris to present their work at the OECD.

What was your organisation’s approach to Stakeholder Engagement? Who participated? What did you hear? How did it impact the policy-making process? How do you know engagement was successful? Was the stakeholder engagement cost effective? Did you have a feedback mechanism to respond to stakeholder concerns and queries?

For instructions on submitting a case study, please visit the OPSI website. For questions, please email [email protected].

(Source: OECD-OPSI)

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