Ricardo Rio


192,494 (2011)

Lead Innovation Officer

Head of Division of Innovation

Innovation is helping to:
  • Improve internal government operations

  • Anticipate and manage future challenges

  • Simplify administrative procedures for firms and residents

  • Generate new sources of revenue

Critical success factors:
  • Dedicated funding

  • Dedicated innovation team

  • Culture of innovation in city

  • Leadership from Mayor

Spotlight on innovation in Braga

Braga hired an external company to audit the operational part of the internal organisation. Currently, the company implements a new innovative strategy to solve identified problems within the municipality.

In addition, as part of the municipal budget, Braga allocates substantial funds for innovation to co-operate projects with public enterprises such as the Public Transportation Company (100% owned by the city) and the Waste, Water and Management Company (51% publicly owned).

Vision and approach to innovation capacity

Along with 56% of cities surveyed, Braga does not have an explicit innovation strategy. Similar to 40% of cities surveyed, Braga approaches innovation capacity both from a holistic/macro level, as well as in specific policy areas.

Policy areas that Braga is focused on

Digital governance
Economic Development
Policy areas by number of cities

Braga utilizes 4 different innovation skills or roles

Project manager
Data scientist
Innovation roles by number of cities

Braga’s dedicated team for innovation is led by the Head of Innovation, Information Systems and Quality. The city also has an external company working on the issue.

Terms Braga most associates with innovation

Big picture re-thinking
Technological innovation

Braga's most common innovation activities

Engaging residents in new ways
Developing new solutions based on digital technologies
e.g. use of drones or smart sensors
  1. 1

    Taking risks or testing new ideas

  2. 2

    Data-driven analytics/public data management

  3. 3

    Engaging residents in new ways

  4. 4

    Developing new solutions based on digital technologies

  5. 5

    Organizational change within the municipality

  6. 6

    Human-centered design

  7. 7

    Rethinking your city’s approach to financing partnerships

Its innovation activities also include data-driven analytics; facilitating organisational change within the municipal administration; and rethinking the city’s approach to financing and partnerships.

How is innovation funded here?

Like 77% of cities surveyed, Braga has dedicated funding to support innovation capacity.

Top sources of funding

Municipal budget
Municipal budget
This could include, for instance, City Council approved funds; operating budget; a special funding process (bond, Mayoral special initiative funding, etc.); and participatory budgeting / citizen-selected budgeting.

Activities being funded

Launching or sustaining a project
Idea generation & brainstorming
55 cities
Launching or sustaining a project
53 cities
Idea generation & brainstorming
3 cities
Investing in digital systems
2 cities
Investing in physical infrastructure
2 cities
Paying for services

Braga also invests in digital systems and physical infrastructure.

How is innovation measured?

Braga has developed partnerships to promote its innovation capacity with private firms, not-for-profit organisations, and city residents/resident associations.

To improve data use, the city has also developed data partnerships with private companies, academia and think tanks to collect and analyse data.

Data availability by policy area


Sufficient data


Economic Development


Waste and sewage



Social inclusion and equity


Digital governance

Insufficient data

Housing and built environment

Labour market and skills

Environment and climate change

No Response

Policing and law enforcement


Public works