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ICEGOV 2022 – Roundtable Session 2

Tuesday, 4 October 2022 | 14:00 - 16:00 | Minho Room


Ensuring coherent and effective investments in Digital Government

As digital governments become the norm, countries are increasing their expenditure on digital tools and data in the public sector. With the digital government imperative calling for horizontal integration and coherence in digital efforts across the public sector, governments face the challenge to realise benefits from their digital investments and promote standardized approaches to identify their value. Similarly, the development of common public goods and infrastructures poses challenges in terms of defining business cases and models to establish the value proposition of investments and avoid duplicated expenditure or shadow IT costs.

By securing comprehensive assessment mechanisms and policy alignment in digital project pipelines, for example using business cases, ICT portfolio approaches or agile funding mechanisms, governments can foster cost-effective and flexible digital solutions in the public sector, essential to remain agile and responsive to user needs. This session will discuss the importance of securing coherent and effective digital investments in the public sector, focusing on (i) the adoption of comprehensive value proposition mechanisms for ICT/digital projects and (ii) the use of digital standards and project approval mechanisms to enable agility and user responsiveness.

Objectives for the participants

  • Discuss the role of value proposition mechanisms and approval processes in securing cost-effectiveness and fostering agility in the public sector.
  • Reflect about effective policy levers to facilitate the comprehensive assessment of digital projects\' benefits, costs, and alignment with strategic goals.
  • Discuss about common challenges and opportunities in adopting strategic approaches to digital government investments.


Felipe González-Zapata
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
Dayn Amade
Tablet Comunitário Foundation
Ida Lindgren
Linköping University
Morten Meyerhoff Nielsen
United Nations University (UNU-EGOV)
Yolanda Martínez
International Advisor on Digital Transformation