Social Sector Insights

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How states can improve well-being for all children, from birth to age five

– State governments have a unique opportunity to improve children’s developmental trajectories. An integrated approach can help.
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Delivering for citizens: How to triple the success rate of government transformations

– An increase in the number of successful government transformations could help solve society’s greatest challenges, serve... citizens better, and support the more productive use of public resources.
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Closing the tech gender gap through philanthropy and corporate social responsibility

– The US tech sector isn’t doing enough to build pathways into tech for women—particularly women of color. What is behind... this gender gap, and what can tech companies do about it?
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How higher-education institutions can transform themselves using advanced analytics

– Many college and university leaders remain unsure of how to incorporate analytics into their operations. What really works?
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

Booming cities, unintended consequences

– Roadways clogged by commercial vehicles and intense competition for affordable housing are imposing costs on prosperous cities... and their most vulnerable residents.

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How to improve student educational outcomes

To understand what matters in student achievement, we applied analytics to data from the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), administered by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). These reports take on a few of the most active debates: Do mindsets matter? If so, to what extent? What teaching practices work best? Does technology help?

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Supporting job growth and worker prosperity in a new era of automation

– With the advent of advanced automation, governments have a critical role to play in responding to workforce transitions.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

Shaking up the leadership model in higher education

– Economic pressures, digital disruption, and rising job complexity are prompting universities to seek more “outsider”... leaders for their top jobs.
Commentary - McKinsey Quarterly

How companies can guard against gender fatigue

– Show you are serious about basics such as mentoring and work–life flexibility—then hold yourself accountable.
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Mitigating risk in IT megaprojects

– Public-sector IT projects are highly susceptible to delays and cost overruns. Some leading-edge governments are finding ways to... avoid those pitfalls.
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Drivers of student performance: Asia insights

– An analysis of OECD PISA results from Asia highlights four findings on mindsets, teaching styles, technology, and early childhood... education.
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How migration data can deliver real-life benefits for migrants and governments

– As countries have joined together on a path toward increased cooperation and action on migration, investment in data will be crucial... for its success.
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Delivering through diversity

– Our latest research reinforces the link between diversity and company financial performance—and suggests how organizations can... craft better inclusion strategies for a competitive edge.
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How the public sector fits in the productivity puzzle

– A benchmarking study finds that governments could save $3.5 trillion a year by 2021 if they were to improve at the rate of their... best peers.
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Women in leadership: Lessons from Australian companies leading the way

– Top Australian organizations are deploying a range of strategies to address the known issues affecting women’s advancement.
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Drivers of student performance: Insights from North America

– Our analysis of OECD PISA results from North America highlights four insights on student mindsets, teaching practices, instructional... time, and early childhood education.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

The four questions to ask when serving on a nonprofit board

– Directors need to probe, nudge, and prod to make sure the organization achieves its full potential.
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Women in the food industry

– Where does the sector stand when it comes to gender equality? We look closely at employee experiences as well as policies and... programs the industry has implemented to promote diversity.
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Drivers of student performance: Insights from Europe

– We analyzed OECD PISA results from Europe. What did we learn about student mindsets, teaching practices, and technology?
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Women in law firms

– Law firms have many of the right policies and programs in place to improve gender diversity, but more can be done to translate... stated commitments into measurable outcomes.
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Partnering for parity: Strengthening collaborations for gender equality

– Organizations that form partnerships to promote gender parity can follow some best practices and avoid major pitfalls that hamper... progress.
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Drivers of student performance: Insights from the Middle East and North Africa

– Five findings emerged from our analysis of OECD PISA results from the Middle East and North Africa.
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