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Unlocking the potential of public-service digitization

– Legislation governing public services can affect the potential for digitization. Digital-compatibility checks leveraging “rules as code” could help.

Accelerating data and analytics maturity in the US public sector

– US public-sector agencies that have quickly and effectively advanced data and analytics capabilities offer lessons on how to embed... data-driven decision making at all levels of government.

Governments can deliver exceptional customer experiences—here’s how

– Our US State of the States benchmark provides insights for newly elected and second-term administrations on how to deliver better... services, operate more effectively, and win back public trust.

The Garden State in bloom: Cultivating New Jersey’s workforce of tomorrow

– Total employment in New Jersey has rebounded to prepandemic levels but the state faces a talent shortage in selected occupations.... A comprehensive talent strategy could unlock the full potential of New Jersey’s economy for all of its residents.

Enabling the future of US public health through technology

– US state and local jurisdictions have a rare opportunity to marshal federal funding to modernize their infrastructures to achieve... key public-health objectives more efficiently and effectively.
Discussion Paper - McKinsey Global Institute

Global flows: The ties that bind in an interconnected world

– Economic and political turbulence have prompted speculation that the world is already deglobalizing. But the evidence suggests... that global integration is here to stay, albeit with nuance.

Five trends to watch in the edtech industry

– The adult edtech sector is evolving as quickly as it is growing. Significant changes are taking place in M&A opportunities,... geographic hotspots, user demands, and the enterprise market.

What workers want is changing. That could be good for government

– The public-sector talent gap directly impacts public welfare. Attracting and retaining workers is a top priority for senior leaders... across government. Here’s how they could reenergize hiring now.

The heat is on: How public-sector leaders could drive net-zero goals

– Focusing on climate tech innovation, industrialization, and infrastructure could help public-sector leaders achieve national and... global decarbonization goals.

Featured Collections


The CHIPS and Science Act

The CHIPS and Science Act of 2022 (CHIPS Act), signed into law on August 9, 2022, aims to power the engines of US innovation and global competitiveness through the construction of new microprocessor manufacturing and R&D facilities, expanding the nation's science and technology base, creating new regional high-tech hubs and a broader, more inclusive STEM workforce.

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?

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Taking a skills-based approach to building the future workforce

– Our work with the Rework America Alliance highlights how a skills-based approach can help US employers expand talent pools and... retain great workers—even through economic uncertainty.

Federal funding may boost social determinants of health infrastructure

– Federal-funding mechanisms represent an often-underused funding source for public- and private-sector stakeholders when enhancing... SDoH data, analytics, and technology infrastructure.

Measuring preparedness: Are public health systems ready for the next pandemic?

– Public health leaders could take a more strategic approach to assess and track investments in preparedness for future infectious... threats.

Disaster recovery: Lessons from around the world

– Our analysis charts a path from disaster to recovery by identifying the building blocks of six successful recoveries from around... the world.

How does Gen Z see its place in the working world? With trepidation

– Americans 18 to 24 years old report high rates of mental-health challenges, impediments to effective work, and worries about the... future, our latest American Opportunity Survey shows.

Will a labor crunch derail plans to upgrade US infrastructure?

– There’s a historic and widening labor shortfall in the US construction sector. Yet it extends far beyond jobsites and varies... by location, demanding tailored solutions.

Building greater resilience in vaccine manufacturing

– The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for resilience in vaccine manufacturing. Five considerations can help national public-health... leaders plan.

Author Talks: How to make bureaucracy work for you

– Marina Nitze shares 13 tactics for successfully ushering change through any bureaucracy, from the DMV to your local not-for-profit... organization.

Employees on the move: How to keep and attract talent

– In Australia, job mobility is happening in both the public and private sectors. Leaders are faced with finding ways to keep present... talent and attract the new.
Interview - McKinsey Health Institute

Leading with compassion: Prioritizing workplace mental health

– Mental-health advocate Poppy Jaman identifies strategies companies could employ to improve the health and well-being of their... workforces.

The CHIPS and Science Act: Here’s what’s in it

– The act invests $280 billion to bolster US semiconductor capacity, catalyze R&D, and create regional high-tech hubs and a... bigger, more inclusive STEM workforce.
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