Anne Hidalgo


2,200,000 (2016)

Innovation Website
Lead Innovation Officer

Sabine Romon

Innovation is helping to:
  • Anticipate and manage future challenges

  • Simplify administrative procedures for firms and residents

  • Engage residents and other stakeholders

Critical success factors:
  • Leadership from Mayor

  • Dedicated funding

  • Focus on measurement

  • Dedicated innovation team

  • Culture of innovation in city

Spotlight on innovation in Paris

City of Paris has its dedicated team of innovation “Pôle Innovation”, which regroups competencies in data, technology, design of services, and collaborative methods. The team provides resources and impulse of innovation projects, which accompanies the management and elected officials in their innovation approaches. The goal is to help them build public policies differently, by focusing on users (citizens or agents), in a quest for efficiency and simplification to better take into account and anticipate the needs of Parisians.

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, Paris has an explicit innovation strategy. Similar to more than half of cities surveyed, Paris approaches innovation capacity both from a holistic/macro level, as well as in specific policy areas.

Policy areas that Paris is focused on

Environment and climate change
Social inclusion and equity
Policy areas by number of cities

Paris utilizes 5 different innovation skills or roles

Project manager
Community engagement
Data specialist
Innovation roles by number of cities

Situated in the City Manager’s office, Paris’s dedicated team for innovation consists of 10 staff including Chief Innovation Officer, Chief Data Officer, and Chief of the Public Innovation Lab. There are also one or several persons in charge of innovation subjects in mostly all city's directorates.

Terms Paris most associates with innovation

Human-centered design
Data analytics

Paris' most common innovation activities

Taking risks and testing new ideas
e.g. prototyping new programs or models to address a persistent city challenge
  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 promoting data-driven analytics; engaging residents in new ways; developing new solutions based on digital technologies; facilitating organizational change within the municipal administration; and human-centered design.

How is innovation funded here?

Like 81% of cities surveyed, Paris has dedicated funding to support innovation capacity.

Top sources of funding

Multilateral institution budget
Higher levels of government
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
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

Paris also invests in digital systems and physical infrastructure as well as conducting tests and experimentations.

How is innovation measured?

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

To improve data use, the city has also developed data partnerships with the private sector, academia, think tanks, and private philanthropy to collect and analyze data, as well as with other cities (

Data availability by policy area


Sufficient data

Economic Development

Housing and built environment

Policing and law enforcement


Waste and sewage

Environment and climate change


Social inclusion and equity

Public works


Digital governance

Insufficient data


No Response


Labour market and skills