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 improve the lives and livelihoods of their 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

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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


‘Measure and improve; measure and improve’: An interview with Public’s CTO

– Andy Richardson, Public’s chief technology officer, discusses why digitization is so difficult for governments—and why the potential for impact is so immense.

Federal financial management: How governments can do more with the budgets they have

– Tools that enable more agile and transparent financial management can help government leaders tie resources directly to mission... outcomes, boosting the impact of taxpayer funds.

The US Bipartisan Infrastructure Law: Reinvesting in water

– The legislation represents a transformative shift in the amount of funds available to improve the country’s water infrastructure.

Building the US public-health workforce of the future

– State and local health departments have an imperative to invest in their workforces as they build toward endemic COVID-19 and... improving other health outcomes. Here are six strategies to act on now.

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