Public & Social Sector Insights


It’s time for a new approach to racial equity

– Despite decades of efforts by public-, private-, and social-sector organizations, racial inequity has only increased. Can a concerted, coordinated effort reverse this trend?

Collaboration in crisis: Reflecting on Australia’s COVID-19 response

– Australia’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic to date offers valuable, actionable insights for decision makers worldwide.
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.

Navigating the state financial crisis: Moving past business-as-usual planning and budgeting post-COVID-19

– The COVID-19 pandemic has created and underscored countless financial-management challenges for state governments in the United... States. To meet these fiscal demands, states can use the budget as a strategic-management tool.

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Food security

This collection of articles and multimedia draws together McKinsey’s thinking on food security. 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?



Navigating the first 100 days: Lessons from former US cabinet members

– Five management steps can help new US executive federal appointees ensure a successful first 100 days in office.

COVID-19 vaccines meet 100 million uncertain Americans

– More than 100 million Americans are uncertain about vaccination. Public- and private-sector leaders can take action to support... adoption, including incremental investment in the range of $10 billion.

Responding to climate risk: Actions for US state and local leaders

– Climate risk costs the United States billions each year. By acting now, state and local leaders can lessen the impact, invigorate... economies, and steer the country to a prosperous low-carbon future.

How the charitable food system is adapting to life under the pandemic

– Feeding America COO Katie Fitzgerald reflects on how food banks have responded to challenges of COVID-19, and lessons learned... in the process.

COVID-19 and learning loss—disparities grow and students need help

– The pandemic has set back learning for all students, but especially for students of color. Evidence-based acceleration approaches... can help.

Higher education enrollment: Inevitable decline or online opportunity?

– Declines in fertility and dropping international student numbers threaten the future of many higher education institutions, but... others are prospering as they adapt to serve a more diverse and adult student base, increasingly online.

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.

Moving teams from campaign to transition: Five things to get right

– How the shift from campaigning to transitioning is managed can set the foundation for an administration.

Scaling digital in the public sector: Building blocks for the future

– The upcoming government transition presents public-sector leaders with the opportunity to establish processes for successfully... scaling digital technologies.

Shaping university boards for 21st century higher education in the US

– Many university boards have not revised their governance models in decades and struggle to deliver on their mission. To update... their current operating model, boards can focus on three best practices.

Government transitions during crisis: How new leaders can take charge

– Transfers of power are complex—in times of crises, especially so. Here are seven lessons for leaders at all levels of government... transitioning into new roles.
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