Public & Social Sector Insights


When will the COVID-19 pandemic end?

– The Omicron variant is spreading rapidly. What does it hold in store? Our analysis offers some scenarios to understand potential outcomes. We also look at the effects of boosters, the potential waning of vaccine efficacy, and new oral therapeutics.

Prioritizing customer experience in government

– The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the necessity to center customer experience in dealings with government agencies. This benefits... customers, government employees, and agencies’ reputations alike.

Organizing for change

– Knowing how to effect change is just as important as knowing what to change.

The US Bipartisan Infrastructure Law: Breaking it down

– What’s in it? What does it aim to do?

Improving project development and delivery

– Welcome to the December edition of Voices on Infrastructure, tackling how we improve project development and delivery... at this critical juncture.
Executive Briefing

Building from purpose: Unlocking the power of Australia’s not-for-profit sector

– Australia’s not-for-profit sector is critical to meeting fundamental societal needs and fostering social cohesion. It is... also an important part of the economy.

Stepping up, but risking burnout: Women leaders in the public and social sectors in 2021

– Women are increasingly represented in public and social sector organizations, but burning out. To support women leaders, agencies... can recognize and reward leaders who invest in employee well-being, diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Twelve insights for an inclusive economic recovery for New York City

– A robust recovery for the United States’ largest city is a recovery for all New Yorkers, especially its most vulnerable.

Unlocking digital healthcare in lower- and middle-income countries

– COVID-19 led many healthcare systems in lower- and middle-income countries to adapt digital-healthcare platforms.

Toward an equitable economic recovery in Minneapolis–St. Paul

– By closing long-standing racial equity gaps and preparing people of color for the future of work, the region can put itself on... track to recover both equitably and more quickly.

Featured Collections


Tackling food insecurity and community hunger

This collection of articles and multimedia draws together McKinsey’s thinking on food insecurity. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect access to food for many, what can food banks, distribution partners, philanthropic foundations, and the private sector do to increase resilience and ensure that people across North America have reliable access to nutritious meals?

Coronavirus Vaccines Progress: What’s Next?

The rapid development of the COVID-19 vaccines is having a profound effect on the world. This collection takes a closer look at the development, rollout and future of vaccines.


Report - McKinsey Global Institute

The rise and rise of the global balance sheet: How productively are we using our wealth?

– Net worth has tripled since 2000, but the increase mainly reflects valuation gains in real assets, especially real estate, rather... than investment in productive assets that drive our economies.

A smarter way to think about public–private partnerships

– For governments pursuing public–private partnerships for large infrastructure projects, capitalizing on the risk-management... capabilities of the private sector could be a more efficient and effective approach.
Executive Briefing

COVID-19: Implications for business

– Our latest perspectives on the coronavirus outbreak, the twin threats to lives and livelihoods, and how organizations can prepare... for the next normal.

Addressing the unprecedented behavioral-health challenges facing Generation Z

– A series of consumer surveys and interviews conducted by McKinsey finds Gen Zers reporting the least positive life outlook, including... lower levels of emotional and social well-being than older generations.

COVID-19 and education: An emerging K-shaped recovery

– As US students return to classrooms, some are catching up on unfinished learning, but others are falling further behind, widening... prepandemic gaps.

America 2022 in charts: An economic opportunity snapshot

– The latest American Opportunity Survey takes a pulse check of economic opportunity in America and highlights the barriers that... must be overcome to ensure sustainable, inclusive economic growth for everyone.

Pharmacy’s new era—in the home

– Pharmacy is shifting into the home, where two high-value pharmacy-patient archetypes are emerging, presenting novel, near-term... focus areas for stakeholders across the value chain.

Preparing for a successful Homeowner Assistance Fund program

– Many homeowners have fallen behind on payments throughout the COVID-19 crisis. A few critical considerations can allow states... to best help homeowners through Homeowner Assistance Fund programs.

Solving the net-zero equation: Nine requirements for a more orderly transition

– Net-zero commitments are rising, but the net-zero equation is not yet solved. This can only change if nine interdependent requirements... are met with singular resolve, unity, and ingenuity.
Podcast - McKinsey Global Institute

Forward Thinking on pandemic preparedness, climate risk, and Europe’s recovery with Guntram Wolff

– The director of one of Europe’s most influential think tanks reflects on how to better prepare for the next pandemic, and... turns his attention to the challenges of postpandemic economic recovery in an era of rising climate risk.

It’s time for philanthropy to step up the fight against climate change

– Climate change’s negative effects are coming to bear on high-priority philanthropic issues. More and better funding can protect... vulnerable stakeholders and speed the net-zero transition.
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