Public & Social Sector Insights


When will the COVID-19 pandemic end?

– After the short, sharp shock of Omicron, the pandemic phase of COVID-19 looks to be ending for most locations, unless a significant and severe new variant emerges. This update discusses what we’ve learned from Omicron, the prospects for the rest of 2022, and presents three potential criteria for defining COVID-19 as endemic.

A new era of US infrastructure grants

– The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law introduces a new level of funding considerations for state and local governments. States with... high ambitions are already in the thick of it—what now?

How economic-development organizations can seize funding opportunities

– By harnessing funds from the American Rescue Plan Act, economic-development organizations have an opportunity to effect significant... change in their communities—if they can organize themselves first.

Navigating the complexity of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

– The act funds hundreds of programs. Our BIL Navigator has been designed to help governments identify programs, monitor key deadlines,... and more.

BIL Navigator

– Explore Bipartisan Infrastructure Law programs and monitor upcoming deadlines with BIL Navigator.

Delivering on the promise of federal infrastructure funds in states

– Thanks to the combined impacts of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and pandemic-related recovery bills, states and localities... could have a meaningful effect on lives and livelihoods.
Article - McKinsey Global Institute

Securing Europe’s future beyond energy: Addressing its corporate and technology gap

– European leaders have shown great resolve in their initial response at scale and speed to the war in Ukraine. They will need to... build the same momentum to face the region’s slow-motion corporate and technology crisis. An estimated €2 trillion to €4 trillion of annual value could be at stake—six times the amount needed for the net-zero transition—and with it Europe’s long-term prosperity and strategic autonomy. A program of 11 actions can turn the tide.

Impact officer in chief: The state infrastructure coordinator’s role

– As funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law becomes available, a coordinator could help states set priorities and allocate... resources across agencies.

Building the electric-vehicle charging infrastructure America needs

– The United States needs many more EV-charging stations—and federal funds for them are coming. Seven principles could help... US states and companies accelerate this buildout effectively.

How COVID-19 caused a global learning crisis

– The pandemic has taken a substantial toll on students’ academic progress as well as on their mental health. School systems... can respond across multiple horizons to help students get back on track.

Government transformation in times of great change

– Federal agencies are setting ambitious goals. What do agency leaders need to know about planning and directing successful transformations?

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.

‘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.

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US Economic Development

States, counties, and cities across the United States are reimagining their economic futures. Leaders are striving to build stronger, more equitable, and more resilient economies in the face of diverse and unprecedented challenges—including the lasting effects of the pandemic and the acceleration of technological change.

Reinvesting in America

Approximately $3 trillion in additional federal spending could enter the US economy. Will these investments be transformative? How can governments and companies harness the opportunity to advance sustainable and inclusive growth?

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.


Article - McKinsey Quarterly

The net-zero transition in the wake of the war in Ukraine: A detour, a derailment, or a different path?

– The invasion of Ukraine will, at least initially, complicate the transition path to a net-zero economy, but this tragic development... could still prove to be a turning point in accelerating progress in the medium run.

For many Americans, economic opportunity seems increasingly out of reach

– Low unemployment doesn’t seem to dispel the gloom about inflation, the McKinsey American Opportunity Survey shows.

Facing crises, forging trust: An interview with Australia’s Major General Andrew Hocking

– Major General Andrew Hocking talks about the importance of trust in building resilience, why a focus on communities is important,... and lessons learned from dealing with both the bushfires and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Reimagining higher education in MENAP

– Stakeholders can consider a range of bold initiatives to transform higher education and create new opportunities for students... in the Middle East, North Africa, and Pakistan.

Meeting the challenge of moms’ ‘double double shift’ at home and work

– As the United States emerges from the pandemic, how can businesses build a more inclusive working environment to improve outcomes... for women in the workforce?

Advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion

– During the COVID-19 pandemic, women have had bigger workloads—and have burned out in greater numbers. Government leaders... can use proven approaches to address these issues and build better workplaces.

Author Talks: One billion more

– The global population is fast approaching the eight billion mark. A former Department of Defense consultant says not to panic.

Author Talks: The great American demographic shift

– Positive trends in immigration and fertility mean Black, Latinx, and other minority groups are on track to collectively account... for more than 50 percent of the country’s population.

Net-zero emissions in US government fleets

– Through its use of electric vehicles, the US government stands to serve as a role model for accelerating progress in the electrification... journey and reaching net-zero commitments.

Better and faster: Organizational agility for the public sector

– Agile principles can help governments transform the way they work for the better.

Author Talks: A tale of two Americas

– Tom Vozzo spent 26 years as a top executive before pivoting to a nonprofit that rehabilitates gang members. The philosophies that... help them reenter society, he says, would help corporate America too.
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