Usina Pernambucana de Inovação

The State Government of Pernambuco has created a hub for public innovation - "Usina Pernambucana de Inovação". The Usina offers help and guidance for public institutions to innovate. With the Usina, the government can improve and disseminate knowledge about innovation, facilitate experimentations, evaluate projects and portfolios to reduce risks, optimize resources allocation and use, and create a strong culture of innovation.

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Many reports and studies indicate that governments need to create conditions to innovate and change public process and services. There are many public servants and public institutions that want to innovate but don’t know how, don’t have the time to think about new process, or find innovation too risky. To change this picture, it is necessary to reshape government, creating a structure to lead and guide public innovation.

Hence, the Government of Pernambuco, through the Secretariat of Science, Technology and Innovation, and the Secretariat of Planning and Management, created, within the Law of Science, Technology and Innovation, a model of Public Innovation Hub: the Usina Pernambucana de Inovação (roughly, the “Pernambuco State Innovation Power Station"). The Usina also aggregates other institutions: the Secretariat of Economic Development, the Secretariat of Administration, the Secretariat of Accounting and Control, the State Agency for Information Technology, the University of Pernambuco, and the State Foundation for Science and Technology.

These institutions were selected to reassure and facilitate governance in a way that all players involved in public innovation could have a seat at the table, voice and vote, and deal more easily with bureaucracy, making the Usina a multi-department, cross-sectional, and persistent institution.

To a certain extent, the Usina evolved from the Space of Innovation, Transformation and Acceleration (EITA!), which was the public innovation lab of the Secretariat of Planning and Management. EITA existed during 2019, and was able to produce some of the pilots that latter became Usina products (mainly, the training in innovation and the digital transformation with open source).
Today, the main services provided by the Usina are:
- Advocacy and knowledge dissemination of public innovation;
- Innovation training and qualification;
- Evaluation of Innovation Projects and Portfolio
- Technical Orientation of Innovation Projects
- Promotion and Innovation Awards

Although some services are driven by demand, the Usina acts to actively prospect and search for servants and institutions, trying to combine other services to a continuous advocacy and knowledge dissemination. For instance, when a fund is open by the State Foundation for Science and Technology, on one hand, the Usina acts to promote the fund, disseminate the knowledge necessary to propose projects to the fund, and give technical orientation concerning the legislation and bureaucracy. On the other hand, the Usina acts on user interface, service design, etc. to facilitate the submission of projects. This strategy turned out to be very effective in recent request for proposals, since the process was adapted to the specificities of public sector, and it was possible to get proposals from 5 institutions that usually do not elaborate them.

Another important service concerning Technical Orientation and Knowledge Dissemination is a model to prospect open source technology so as to to promote digital transformation of public policies and services. This initiative helps the innovator to diagnose if her/his problem can be solved with open source solutions, prospect open source solutions on public repositories and plan the tech transfer based on the service particularities.

Nowadays, the main service provided is an 84-hour digital training in innovation. The training started as a pilot to the Secretariat of Planning and Management, in which short term courses were designed and tested. The 12h pilot was a success, reaching an approval score of over 96%. The second 12h version was applied in the Secretariat of Health, with a score of 92%. Finally, the last 34h application happened in the Secretariat of Finance, with a score of 94%, 80% of conclusion and 85% of the students increasing at least one level of proficiency, comparing pre- and after-course skills.

With many days and challenges ahead, the Usina has everything to be a success in terms of helping the State Government to improve its services and offer a better life to its population. Now, the main goal is to alter the state innovation fund so as to guarantee a stable flux of money, create a digital space to capture problems, challenges and ideas, and help these ideas take life.

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Year: 2020
Level of government: Regional/State government


  • Identifying or Discovering Problems or Opportunities - learning where and how an innovative response is needed
  • Generating Ideas or Designing Solutions - finding and filtering ideas to respond to the problem or opportunity
  • Developing Proposals - turning ideas into business cases that can be assessed and acted on
  • Evaluation - understanding whether the innovative initiative has delivered what was needed
  • Diffusing Lessons - using what was learnt to inform other projects and understanding how the innovation can be applied in other ways

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