This document presents the Recommendation on Digital Government Strategies aimed at bringing governments closer to citizens and businesses. It was developed by the Public Governance Committee (PGC).

The purpose of the Recommendation is to help governments adopt more strategic approaches for a use of technology that spurs more open, participatory and innovative governments. Key actors responsible for public sector modernisation at all levels of government (from co-ordinating units, sector ministries, and public agencies) will find the Recommendation relevant to establish more effective co-ordination mechanisms, stronger capacities and framework conditions to improve digital technologies’ effectiveness for delivering public value and strengthening citizen trust. While the level of trust obtained in each country largely depends on its history and culture, the Recommendation can help governments to use technology to become more agile and resilient and to foster forward-looking public institutions. This can increase public trust through better performing and responsive services and policies, and can mobilise public support for ambitious and innovative government policies.

In this regard, the principles set out in the Recommendation support a shift in culture within the public sector: from a use of technology to support better public sector operations to integrating strategic decisions on digital technologies in the shaping of overarching strategies and agendas for public sector reform and modernisation. The Recommendation hence offers guidance for a shared understanding and a mind-set on how to prepare for, and get the most out of, technological change and digital opportunities in a long-term perspective to create public value and mitigate risks related to: quality of public service delivery, public sector efficiency, social inclusion and participation, public trust, and multi-level and multi-actor governance.

The Recommendation has been developed through the OECD Network on E-Government (the Network) of the PGC. At the meeting of the Network held in Mexico on 26-27 March 2012, delegates underlined the need for a policy instrument on digital government [GOV/PGC/EGOV(2012)2]. A Task Force composed of 13 OECD Member countries collaborated with the Secretariat on a draft set of principles that was discussed by the Network at its meeting in Bern (Switzerland) on 29-30 October 2013 [GOV/PGC/EGOV(2013)1]. The principles embodied in the Recommendation also benefited from public consultation between November 2013 and January 2014, and from consultation conducted internally within the OECD. The Committee on Digital Economy Policy (CDEP) was consulted by written procedure (4-23 April 2014) and provided useful comments.

OECD (2014). Recommendation of the Council on Digital Government Strategies.