Public & Social Sector Insights


Cyber resilience: Protecting America’s digital infrastructure

– Faced with rising cyberthreats, government and the private sector will need to improve their digital hygiene while also preparing for the next wave of cyber adversaries.

Government data management for the digital age

– Public institutions can make more of their data resources. Five actions can help them modernize their data infrastructures and... unlock significant value across state, economy, and society.

Evolution and opportunity in the postpandemic economy

– Industry and the government have evolved rapidly since the COVID-19 outbreak. What still needs to change, what will stay, and... what will be left behind in the postpandemic economy?

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.

Port to patient: Improving country cold chains for COVID-19 vaccines

– In many developing countries, limitations of existing cold chains will provide challenges for COVID-19-vaccine distribution. Strategic... distribution planning and targeted investment can help.

Helping unemployed women find work in uncertain times

– How the CEO of UK charity Smart Works is able to meet its clients’ changing needs during an unprecedented job market.

Government transformations in times of extraordinary change: Key considerations for public-sector leaders

– An equal focus on performance and organizational health can help large-scale government overhauls succeed.

How HBCUs can accelerate Black economic mobility

– Historically Black colleges and universities are uniquely positioned to inspire and support Black Americans in the five critical... roles they play in the US economy.

COVID-19 and education: The lingering effects of unfinished learning

– US states and districts have the opportunity to not only help students catch up on unfinished learning from the pandemic but also... tackle long-standing historical inequities in education.

Trends that will define 2021 and beyond: Six months on

– In January 2021, we discussed how the COVID-19 pandemic could change the economy. How did we do?

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.


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.

Prioritizing sustainability in the consumer sector

– Consumers and companies alike are becoming more interested in making sustainability-focused choices, but how to do so isn’t... always clear. Two McKinsey partners provide some research-based insights.

Getting ahead of supply-chain risks

– How public- and private-sector organizations can collaborate, assess vulnerabilities, and look at the bigger picture to improve... supply-chain resilience.

How might the COVID-19 pandemic end?

– Experts in healthcare, commerce, security, and more discuss new approaches to address the pandemic when vaccination alone may... not be enough and the enduring costs of the crisis continue to rise.

Booting out bias: How to derisk advanced analytics models in the public sector

– Advanced analytics can transform public-sector services, but US agencies are wary of the risk of biased outcomes. Sound risk management... is the key to a wider adoption that will benefit all citizens.

COVID-19 crisis pushes US students into an uncertain job market

– More than half-a-million US students are dropping out of college, leaving their economic futures in the balance.

Decarbonizing defense: Imperative and opportunity

– Defense organizations are a major source of carbon emissions. How can they operate more sustainably while preserving mission-critical... capabilities?

The future of Emergency Operation Centers: Six shifts to consider from COVID-19

– Tactical actions can help strengthen and reimagine the EOC structure.

Defining the skills citizens will need in the future world of work

– To future-proof citizens’ ability to work, they will require new skills—but which ones? A survey of 18,000 people... in 15 countries suggests those that governments may wish to prioritize.
Discussion Paper - McKinsey Global Institute

Financial data unbound: The value of open data for individuals and institutions

– Economies that embrace data sharing for finance could see GDP gains of between 1 and 5 percent by 2030, with benefits flowing... to consumers and financial institutions.

Unlocking experience-based job progressions for millions of workers

– Millions of US workers without four-year college degrees are unemployed. Novel data analytics reveal opportunities for them to... attain better jobs than they had before the pandemic if there’s action to build a more inclusive economy.
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