Virginia Raggi


2,880,000 (2019)

Lead Innovation Officer

Raffaele Gareri

Innovation is helping to:
  • Simplify administrative procedures for firms and residents

  • Improve service delivery

  • Improve internal government operations

Critical success factors:
  • Dedicated funding

  • Dedicated innovation team

  • Human resource support

  • Engagement with partners

  • Support from outside city administration

  • Leadership from Mayor

Spotlight on innovation in Rome

Launched in 2019, #RomaDecide is the capital city’s first participatory budgeting process where residents are able to decide, alongside the administration, how to invest the capital’s €20 million budget in projects for urban beautification. Proposals were invited from individual citizens and the 15 municipalities within the capital. Proposals covered a wide array of topics such as green areas, urban spaces, bike lanes, pedestrian zones, play areas, and fitness trails. The initiative received an overwhelming engagement from residents, generating 193 submissions and garnering the participation of almost 24,000 voters. .

Vision and approach to innovation capacity

Along with 50% of cities surveyed, Rome has an explicit innovation strategy. Similar to 20% of cities surveyed, Rome approaches innovation capacity from a holistic/macro level.

Policy areas that Rome is focused on

Rome does not prioritise policy sectors for its innovation work.

Policy areas by number of cities

Rome utilizes 6 different innovation skills or roles

Project manager
Data scientist
Communication officer
Public policy analysts
Behavioral economics
Innovation roles by number of cities

Rome has both a Digital Transformation Department dedicated to innovation and several innovation-related task groups with delegates from other departments.

Terms Rome most associates with innovation

Technological innovation
Human-centered design

Rome's most common innovation activities

Promoting data-driven analytics / public data management
e.g. data storage/analytics; open data; big data
Engaging residents in new ways
  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

How is innovation funded here?

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

Top sources of funding

Central/federal/national government budget
Central/federal/national government budget
This refers to funding in the form of budget support to city authorities. Example: Stockholm (Sweden) launched the Hub for Innovation, a three-year long project funded by Sweden's National Innovation Authority, Vinnova in 2017. The hub supports a more innovative working culture within the city hall.
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.
External funding
External funding
This could include private, philanthropic/non-profit and/or academic/think tank resources.

Activities being funded

Investing in digital systems
Investing in physical infrastructure
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

*"Training staff and building capacity" is not an option in the 2018 survey, while "Launching or sustaining a project" is not an option in the 2020 survey.

How is innovation measured?

Rome has developed partnerships to promote innovation capacity with other private firms and industry.

To improve data use, the city has also developed data partnerships with other cities, countries or government entities.

Data availability by policy area


Sufficient data

Built environment


Social welfare/social services

Economic Development



Policing and law enforcement

Government finance



Waste and sewage

Labour market and skills

Social inclusion and equity


Public works

Insufficient data


Environment and climate change

Digital governance

Land use