Pablo Javkin


995,000 (2018)

Innovation Website
Lead Innovation Officer

German Giro

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

  • Improve internal government operations

  • Generate new sources of revenue

Critical success factors:
  • Dedicated funding

  • Focus on measurement

  • Dedicated innovation team

  • Human resource support

  • Leadership from Mayor

Spotlight on innovation in Rosario

Rosario is focused on boosting innovation to accelerate the city’s economic development, make itself more competitive with other cities, and increase efficiency in government operations. In December 2019 the city created the Department of Modernization and Proximity, which will manage innovation projects and programs with staff trained in systems, data analysis, and technology.

Vision and approach to innovation capacity

Along with 50% of cities surveyed, Rosario has an explicit innovation strategy.

Rosario is in the process of redefining and deepening its innovation approach.

Policy areas that Rosario is focused on

Rosario does not prioritise policy sectors for its innovation work.

Policy areas by number of cities

Rosario utilizes 4 different innovation skills or roles

Project manager
Data scientist
Communication officer
Community engagement staff
Innovation roles by number of cities

Innovation work has been sprinkled throughout the municipal administration. In 2019, Rosario created the Modernization and Proximity Secretary to promote and structure innovation efforts across the municipality.

Terms Rosario most associates with innovation

Human-centered design
Technological innovation

Rosario'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
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
Human-centered design
e.g. prioritizing the end-user at each stage of the design process
  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, Rosario 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

Idea generation & brainstorming
Investing in digital systems
Investing in physical infrastructure
Paying for services
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

Similar to 61% of participating cities in the 2020 survey, Rosario's funding for innovation capacity is also directed towards training staff and building capacity*.

*"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?

Rosario has developed partnerships to promote innovation capacity with other public agencies, universities, private firms, and city residents/resident associations.

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

Data availability by policy area


Sufficient data


Economic Development




Built environment

Social welfare/social services

Social inclusion and equity

Waste and sewage


Public works

Policing and law enforcement

Land use



Government finance

Insufficient data

Digital governance

No Response

Environment and climate change

Labour market and skills