Oklahoma City

United States


David Holt


643,648 (2017)

Innovation Website
Lead Innovation Officer

Steve Hill

Innovation is helping to:
  • Save costs and improve efficiency within the public sector

  • Improve service delivery

  • Improve resident outcomes

Critical success factors:
  • Dedicated innovation team

  • Focus on measurement

  • Dedicated funding

  • Leadership from Mayor

  • Culture of innovation in city

Spotlight on innovation in Oklahoma City

Oklahoma City has good experience with health/wellness programs, considered among the best and most innovative in the country. The Wellness Score is a data-driven effort by the Oklahoma City-County Health Department to measure health outcomes in the poorest performing zip codes. This success led to a Mayor's Challenge effort to apply some of the same methods to the criminal justice reform. The city has also been following with great interest the field of behavioral insights, open data opportunities, best practices in engagement, and prototyping/testing methods. Although the city has done a lot, there is room and willingness for improvement as innovation has come from proactive "freelancing" by staff operating outside the normal structure.

Note: The City Innovation Snapshot (PDF version) was produced in 2019 and some aggregate findings have been updated with the latest survey results below.

Vision and approach to innovation capacity

Along with 50% of cities surveyed, Oklahoma City does not have an explicit innovation strategy. Similar to more than half of cities surveyed, Oklahoma City approaches innovation capacity both from a holistic/macro level, as well as in specific policy areas.

Policy areas that Oklahoma City is focused on

Policy areas by number of cities

Innovation skills or roles

Oklahoma City does not have designated staff or a team exclusively dedicated to the city’s innovation work.

Innovation roles by number of cities

Terms Oklahoma City most associates with innovation

Resident engagement
Data analytics

Oklahoma City's most common innovation activities

Facilitating organizational change within the municipality
e.g. silo-busting; new internal performance management; staff training and capacity building on innovation tools or techniques; reforms to contracting or procurement
  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 engaging residents in new ways and promoting data-driven analytics.

How is innovation funded here?

Like 19% of cities surveyed, Oklahoma City does not have dedicated funding to support innovation capacity.

Top sources of funding

Oklahoma City has no reported sources of funding.

Activities being funded

Oklahoma City does not fund any specific activities.

47 cities
Launching or sustaining a project
79 cities
Idea generation & brainstorming
51 cities
Investing in digital systems
36 cities
Investing in physical infrastructure
30 cities
Paying for services

How is innovation measured?

Oklahoma City has developed partnerships to promote its innovation capacity with other public agencies, private firms, not-for-profit organizations, and city residents/resident associations.

The city has not yet developed partnerships to collect and analyze data, to improve data use.

Data availability by policy area


Sufficient data


Economic Development

Housing and built environment

Policing and law enforcement



Waste and sewage

Digital governance

Insufficient data

Environment and climate change


Social inclusion and equity


No Response

Labour market and skills

Public works