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Number 2, Winter 2014
How innovative local governments around the world harness the power of open data and IT

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How US state governments can improve customer service

December 2014—A McKinsey Center for Government survey finds that Americans are often dissatisfied with state services—and identifies significant opportunities for improvement.more

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Tackling the world’s affordable housing challenge

October 2014—A third of urban dwellers—1.6 billion people—could struggle to secure decent housing by 2025. Here are four approaches that could help.more

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A productivity perspective on the future of growth

September 2014—If demography is destiny, global growth is headed for a slowdown. History, however, suggests that productivity could ride to the rescue.more

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The Great Decoupling

September 2014—The rapid advance of machine learning presents an economic paradox: productivity is rising, but employment may not.more

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ASEAN: Toward a common voice

September 2014—A united geopolitical voice would give the Association of Southeast Asian Nations a bigger global role, says Simon Tay, the chairman of the Singapore Institute of International Affairs. In a related video, the CEO of GE ASEAN, Stuart Dean, explains the company’s approach to the region.more

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Creating growth clusters: What role for local government?

July 2014—A systematic approach to implementation could help start-up ecosystems flourish.more

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Scaling a start-up community: An interview with Berlin’s mayor

July 2014—The German city is actively—and aggressively—seeking to become Europe’s entrepreneurial hub. Mayor Klaus Wowereit explains how.more

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Fiscal shock, combat awe

June 2014—The United States has traditionally cut defense costs in the wrong ways. In this edited extract from a new Aspen Strategy Group book, McKinsey’s John Dowdy and Diana Farrell explain how the country can preserve its fighting power in the age of austerity.more

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ASEAN: The way forward

May 2014—In this essay, the dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Kishore Mahbubani, and colleague Rhoda Severino argue that ASEAN’s achievements mask significant challenges.more

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Medellín’s metamorphosis: An interview with Mayor Aníbal Gavíria

May 2014—The city of Medellín, once the crime-ridden center of Colombia’s drug trade, is undergoing an urban renewal. Medellín’s mayor explains the city’s journey and the lessons it holds.more

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Building a service-oriented agency: Lessons from the USPTO

April 2014—Government agencies need to be more service focused. David J. Kappos, partner at Cravath, Swaine & Moore and the former head of the US Patent and Trademark Office, explains why and how.more

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How government can promote open data

April 2014—Open data has the potential not only to transform every sector of the economy but also to unleash more than $3 trillion in global economic value annually. Government has a critical role to play.more

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Making digital government better: An interview with Mike Bracken

March 2014—The United Kingdom is undertaking an ambitious effort to simplify public access to government services and information. The man spearheading the process, Mike Bracken, explains the approach and its advantages.more

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Open government: Data of the people, for the people

March 2014—The mayors of three US cities—Louisville, Santa Monica, and South Bend—discuss how local governments are making more data available to citizens and analyzing it to improve services.more

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Government by design: Four principles for a better public sector

December 2013—Making progress on society’s biggest problems requires governments to make better use of data, involve citizens, invest in employees, and collaborate with other sectors.more

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Education to employment: Getting Europe’s youth into work

January 2014—Youth unemployment across the European Union remains unacceptably high, to the detriment of current and future generations. Addressing it requires understanding its causes and then relentlessly pursuing solutions.more

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What’s driving the surge in new-drug approvals?

November 2013—In 2012, new-drug approvals by the US Food and Drug Administration hit a ten-year high. Can the pharmaceutical industry make this trend last?more

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Open data: Unlocking innovation and performance with liquid information

October 2013—Open data—public information and shared data from private sources—can help create $3 trillion a year of value in seven areas of the global economy.more

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Regulatory excellence: Achieving public health impact through distinctive regulatory management systems

October 2013—This series of articles provides an overview of how drug and medical device regulatory authorities can achieve public health impact through what we call distinctive regulatory management systems.more

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Education for everyone: An interview with Sal Khan

September 2013—Online learning is revolutionizing access to education. As Khan Academy founder Sal Khan explains, it may also revolutionize how organizations find the workers they need.more

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Education for entrepreneurship: An interview with Tim Draper

September 2013—Can entrepreneurship be taught? Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tim Draper believes it can and has established the Draper University of Heroes to do just that.more

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How to attract US women to the sciences

September 2013—Compared with their counterparts elsewhere, American women shun science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. What should be done?more

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A cost curve to improve road safety

September 2013—By more fully evaluating available countermeasures, stakeholders can focus on the most effective ones.more

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How to make a city great

September 2013—By 2030, 60 percent of the world’s population will live in cities. That could mean great things for economic growth—if the cities handle their expansion wisely. Here’s how.more

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Enlisting productivity to reinforce European defense

August 2013—In an era of fiscal restraint, the defense future of Europe will depend on how well it can bring productivity into the equation.more

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Innovative development financing

August 2013—How can more resources be applied toward development in the world’s poorest countries? Recent research has pointed to some promising ideas.more

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The US growth opportunity in shale oil and gas

August 2013—McKinsey partner Scott Nyquist discusses the role of shale oil and gas in boosting US oil production and examines the environmental concerns that must be addressed.more

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Game changers: Five opportunities for US growth and renewal

July 2013—Five catalysts can reignite the US economy—opportunities in energy, trade, technology, infrastructure, and talent development can add hundreds of billions of dollars to annual GDP and create millions of new jobs by 2020.more

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Ten quick steps to unlocking tax-revenue collection in rapidly growing markets

July 2013—Fast-growing economies that don’t strengthen their tax administrations miss a chance to create long-term fiscal stability. Some initiatives can deliver positive results within a year.more

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Building the leadership bench: Developing a talent pipeline for the Senior Executive Service

This report outlines the four phases of a cohesive SES pipeline-development strategy and case studies of agencies that excel in their execution of one or more of these phases.

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Defense outlook 2015: A global survey of defense-industry executives

April 2013—Today's leading defense executives offer their insights.more

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Managing a downturn: How the US defense industry can learn from its past

April 2013—Companies that assertively managed their portfolio thrived in the last budget downturn. The same strategy will work again today, but companies must be mindful of the new context.more

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Preserving combat power when defense budgets are falling

April 2013—Defense ministries can cope with austerity. Here's how.more

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Risk-based resource allocation

February 2013–Government is increasingly called on to protect the public from harm and to shield society and the economy from volatility, but to do so as efficiently as possible. Adopting good practices in risk-based resource allocation is a powerful way for regulators and enforcement agencies to meet their missions efficiently and effectively.

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Education to employment

December 2012–Young people can’t find jobs. Yet employers can’t find people with the right entry-level skills. How to close this gap?

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Delivery 2.0: The new challenge for governments

October 2012–Governments globally are under pressure to deliver better outcomes for citizens, faster, and with less money. Drawing on case examples from around the world, this article shows how well designed and executed delivery programs can meet the challenge and identifies seven best practices.

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Unleashing government’s ‘innovation mojo’: An interview with the US chief technology officer

June 2012—Todd Park explains how he has partnered technology with open-data initiatives to tap into the many talented innovators and entrepreneurs across the government.more

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Mission-driven mobility

February 2012–A new report from McKinsey and the Partnership for Public Service examines mobility within the US federal government's Senior Executive Service.

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Innovation in government: Indonesia and Colombia

February 2012—To become more responsive and effective, governments are experimenting with the way they monitor services (Indonesia) and work with the private sector to expand the economy (Colombia).more

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Strengthening risk management in the US Public Sector

May 2011–Discusses the barriers to risk management in the US public sector and presents five recommendations to help government institutions overcome those barriers and strengthen their risk management to better prevent, detect, and mitigate instances of waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement.

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McKinsey on Government: Change Under Pressure

All over the world, governments are facing enormous fiscal challenges—and embarking upon a crash program of doing more with less. This edition of McKinsey on Government is about how governments can change under pressure.more

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Summit on Public Sector Productivity

March 2011–Summit held in Washington, DC on March 15, 2011, focusing on two important questions governments around the world face.more

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Making it work in government: Perspectives on transforming performance in the public sector

July 2010–This report, developed in collaboration with the Center for American Progress highlights our initial findings in three areas that we know to be particularly critical to efficiency and effectiveness: performance management, talent management, and IT.

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Change under pressure

Insights based on our thinking and that of experts in the field, drawing on real examples from around the world. more

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Driving federal performance

October 2009–The first survey to benchmark public sector management practices relative to the private sector shows federal leaders have the opportunity to prioritize management practices to engage the workforce more fully, strengthen talent management, and improve accountability.

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The road to improved compliance

September 2009–What drives performance in tax administrations? In-depth research identifies a set of best practices to help yield higher tax revenues—a total of $86 billion additional dollars for the countries in this study—simply through management and operational changes.

Delivering public sector efficiencies
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Delivering public sector efficiencies

April 2009–Public sector organizations need to prepare now to address efficiency challenges the economic crisis is creating. We outline three practical steps for combining near-term impact with longer-term improvements in organizations' performance and health.

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