Innovation is crucial for long-term economic growth in both developed and developing countries. It fosters competitiveness, creates jobs, helps to address environmental and health challenges, reduces inequality and contributes to sustained and inclusive growth. But innovation-driven growth requires the right mix of multi-sector and multidisciplinary policy actions—in education, research, science and technology, finance, and public procurement, among others. The challenge is to find the policy solutions that work best in a given country context.
The Innovation Policy Platform (IPP), developed by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the World Bank is a web-based interactive space that provides easy access to knowledge, learning resources, indicators and communities of practice on the design, implementation, and evaluation of innovation policies. The Platform helps users learn how innovation systems operate, identify good practices across different countries, conduct statistical benchmarking and devise and apply effective policy solutions. More broadly, it facilitates knowledge exchange and collaboration across countries and regions.

Thank you for your engagement with the IPP online platform. Our goal to share information and data with you and others interested in innovation policy over the past 6 years resulted in the setup of more than 100 online communities of practice and two million unique page views from more than 700,000 users. Effective June 30 2019, the current Innovation Policy Platform (IPP) will be retired. You will still be able to browse the IPP at this archive repository. You will also find links to alternative portals from here, as the OECD and the World Bank remain committed to sharing the latest information and data updates related to innovation policy.

IPP Tools

  • A knowledge repository of publications, case studies, country profiles, and policy briefs drawn from the extensive experiences of the OECD, the World Bank, and other organisations.
  • Communities of practice that provide meeting places to learn about and engage with current projects, events, organisations and other initiatives taking place in the field.
  • An interactive data visualisation tool that allow users to easily access and plot indicators relevant for innovation policy.
  • A qualitative database of national policies and governance arrangements in support of science, technology and innovation policy design, implementation and evaluation.
  • User-friendly site navigation and smart semantic linking that assists users in framing innovation policy issues and finding relevant content throughout the Platform.
  • Search capabilities that enable easy access to the most current analytical work and operational know-how. 


Expected users of the IPP

  • Policy makers who design and implement innovation policy
  • Advisors and analysts who inform policy making through concept development, analysis and advice
  • International organisations who work with countries to improve the design and implementation of innovation policies
  • Nongovernmental stakeholders such as private sector firms, NGOs, and entrepreneurs engaged in innovation policy processes
  • Students, including those participating in online learning courses hosted on the IPP



The IPP has been developed thanks to the support and funding provided by the OECD and the World Bank Group. On behalf of the OECD, efforts have been led by the Directorate for Science, Technology and Industry and the Working Group on Innovation and Technology Policy. World Bank Group contributions have been led by the the Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship Unit and the World Bank Institute.

The Innovation Policy Platform has received valuable support from the Competitive Industries and Innovation Programme (CIIP). The World Bank Group, with the European Union (EU) and the African Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP), along with the Governments of Austria and Switzerland, recently set up the CIIP to help scale up its technical assistance to developing countries that seek to boost industry competitiveness.  CIIP-funded operations will help developing countries design large industry reform programs, using a multi-sectoral approach to address all binding constraints to help unlock the potential for firms and industries to grow, create jobs, and compete successfully in the global marketplace.

 Competitive Industries and Innovation Programme (CIIP)