Digital Agenda

Work Team


The work of the Digital Agenda Observatory is geared towards providing help to decision-makers in the form of interpretive models and tools based upon sound evidence and to create an area for debate. Digital innovation is the opportunity to revisit several major topics that affect competitiveness in Italy (efficiency of the public sector, fight against tax evasion, support to development, etc.). As an independent, long-term and stable «place» of expertise, the Observatory provides the ground for establishing dialogue between the world of digital innovation and that of policies, governance and public administration.


The Observatory’’s work consists of:

  • field research involving key contacts in the world of companies and public authorities;
  • four focused workshops (one for each research thread) reserved for Observatory partners and delegates from the public and private sector - in function of the topic covered - with the participation of Antonio Samaritani (the General Director of AgID - the Agency for a Digital Italy), who will be attending all these events;
  • one public convention to present the findings of the research, with round table sessions and talks given by leading authorities from the public sector and the business world, to examine real situations of innovation and present our “Digital Agenda Awards”.
  • intense media communication of the outcome of our research.

Digital Agenda Awards

In order to encourage and circulate good practice in innovation, for the second year running, the Digital Agenda Observatory is sponsoring an initiative entitled  “Digital Agenda Awards” to support a culture of innovation in Italy and thereby generate a virtuous circle for sharing best practice and excellency.

Companies and public authorities that have been able to improve their business through digital technology will receive a prize awarded at the convention on the day when research findings are presented.


As part of its research, the Observatory closely studies topics selected on the basis of supporting the projects undertaken by the Agency for a Digital Italy and being of practical help for implementing digital processes and information across Italy. These are:

  • New markets enabled by immaterial infrastructure: :this research thread concentrates on several projects that are critical in terms of how Italy’s public system manages digital identity (Public Digital Identity System - SPID), the national register of the resident population (ANPR) and electronic payments to public authorities (PagoPA). In more detail, this involves studying the current distribution of these three elements and defining a roadmap to improve their circulation. In addition, we will study the markets enabled by these three solutions and prepare roadmaps to set out priorities when constructing immaterial infrastructure in Italy.
  • Implementation of the Digital Agenda: in line with last year’s ongoing research, we will prepare a roadmap to improve Italy’s position within the DESI index, which is a measure of digital advancement in European countries. We will also define a journey to guide the work of implementing regional Digital Agendas and activate benchmarking processes. Finally, in the light of encouraging the law to be correctly applied, we will suggest reviews to the current legislation so that instead of acting as a break, it will drive the Digital Agenda and its implementation.
  • Purchases acting as a driver for the Digital Agenda: in line with the ongoing thread on public procurement of innovation covered in last year’s research series, this year the Observatory intends to measure ICT expenditure made by Italian public authorities. This work will help to re-define the sector of public purchasing on ICT by determining strategies for applying cuts in costs effectively, and encourage collaboration between the private and public sectors by creating make or buy models for digital innovation to be used by public authorities.
  • From physical infrastructure to inter-operational ecosystems: this thread is concerned with the opportunities linked to the expansion of open data and the API marketplace, together with the critical issues encountered when encouraging inter-operational processes and operational continuity between ecosystems. With this in mind, we will define a roadmap to be used for implementing broadband in Italy alongside strategies to rationalise datacentres and for operational continuity and strategies to develop and promote open data and API marketplaces.


Sponsorship opportunities

Every year more than 300 companies join the Digital Innovation Observatories activities, getting in touch with the corporate, institutional and academic decision makers

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Partners and Sponsors

For further information, collaboration and support requests for the other researches of the Digital Agenda Observatory, please contact Luca Gastaldi (email:luca.gastaldi@polimi.it).