Public & Social Sector

Improving the lives of citizens worldwide by helping solve the most pressing economic and social challenges

Public and social sector organizations are key to societal and economic progress and well being. We work with social sector and government organizations to deliver Change that Matters to citizens, driving transformations that have a significant, positive impact on society. By combining a highly collaborative working model with insights from our globally recognized research centers, we provide an approach tailored to each client’s needs.
Our work spans multiple sectors and functions, including digital and analytics, operations, organization, and strategy. We work end-to-end—from diagnosis to delivery of lasting impact—together generating tangible results that are improving the lives of millions worldwide.

How we help clients

Cities & Infrastructure

Combine economic and social development experience with our financial modeling expertise to develop cities and infrastructure that are economically and socially sustainable.

Defense & Security

Help defense ministries, national security, and public safety organizations address their most pressing challenges.

Digital & Analytics

Leverage digital and analytics to improve the quality of life for citizens and to support companies and governments to be more productive.

Economic Development

Design and implement economic development, job creation, and economic growth strategies.


Deliver rapid and sustained gains in learning outcomes at all levels of education.

Global Public Health

Address urgent public health challenges and improving health outcomes.


Help foundations, individual philanthropists, and companies amplify their social impact and achieve systematic change.

Public Finance

Transform the financial management practices of ministries of finance and government agencies to create new opportunities and growth.


projects in the public and social sector


countries and 375 government agencies served


experts leading our public and social sector work

More from this practice

US State Government Transitions

Our Government Transitions offers a comprehensive set of resources to support state and local government leaders. 

US Federal Government Transitions

We have supported dozens of federal transitions, and over the last 70 years have gathered insights to help federal leaders set up an effective government, tackle their highest priorities, and improve the lives of their constituents.

McKinsey Center for Government

The McKinsey Center for Government is a new global hub for research, collaboration, and innovation in government performance.

McKinsey Center for the EU

Partnering with EU institutions to address the major challenges of our times

Impact stories

Transforming a national housing agency

Supporting a government agency to improve its operational performance and morale.

Advancing childhood literacy in Brazil

Raising reading proficiency to 85 percent by balancing support and accountability for educators.

Boosting agricultural productivity in North Africa

Helping boost agricultural productivity, exports, and raise subsistence farmers out of poverty.

Featured insights

The Next Normal

A collection of insights on how companies and leaders can reset for growth beyond coronavirus
Article - McKinsey Global Institute

COVID-19 has revived the social contract in advanced economies—for now. What will stick once the crisis abates?

– Massive government spending has sought to shield individuals from the economic consequences of the pandemic, reversing a long-term... trend of institutional pullback in the social contract.

The COVID-19 vaccines are here: What comes next?

– Countries must prepare now for the largest simultaneous global public-health initiative ever undertaken.

Rethinking resilience: Ten priorities for governments

– Due to the pandemic, governments are under increased pressure to act quickly and at scale. By reimagining how they work, they... can create resilient societies and public services for the next normal.

About us

Change that Matters

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