The Government Laboratory of Chile

The Government Laboratory of Chile is an institutional space created in 2014, being this the first Government Laboratory of Latin America, and is born from the need that public sector institutions have to adapt opportunely to changes in the political environment. This space brings together state officials and representatives of civil society, with the common objective of promoting a modern and innovative state at the service of citizens. The Laboratory was initially managed by the Ministry of Economy, Development and Tourism, and since 2018 it has been under the head of the Ministry of the General Secretariat of the Presidency. Since then, it has been working, on the one hand, as a consultant for state institutions and, on the other hand, through the implementation of programs that seek to coordinate innovation processes and thus bring public sector policies closer to citizens. Among the programs with the greatest impact are the Public Innovation Laboratories that have facilitated new channels of participation and co-creation between institutions and citizens, and the Network of Public Innovators that has managed to articulate a movement of public officials, civil society organizations, members of academia and students, who share the objective of improving the services that the state delivers to people.

Institutional design


Formalization: is the innovation embedded in the constitution or legislation, in an administrative act, or not formalized at all?

Frequency: how often does the innovation take place: only once, sporadically, or is it permanent or regular?

Mode of Selection of Participants: is the innovation open to all participants, access is restricted to some kind of condition, or both methods apply?

Type of participants: those who participate are individual citizens, civil society organizations, private stakeholders or a combination of those?

Decisiveness: does the innovation takes binding, non-binding or no decision at all?

Co-governance: is there involvement of the government in the process or not?

only backed by a governmental program or policy 
Mode of selection of participants
Type of participants
civil society  
democratic innovation yields a non-binding decision  


  • Deliberation
  • Direct Voting
  • E-Participation
  • Citizen Representation


  • Accountability
  • Responsiveness
  • Rule of Law
  • Political Inclusion
  • Social Equality

Policy cycle

Agenda setting
Formulation and decision-making
Policy Evaluation


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