We are excited to announce the release of our most recent report, written by the IBM Center for The Business of Government team with help and guidance from government thought leaders.
Six Trends Driving Change in Government identifies trends to best meet the challenges facing Government today. These challenges influence how government executives lead, and, more importantly, how they can prepare for the future. To understand how government executives can move forward most effectively, the Center looked across our interactions with government leaders and stakeholders, as well as the considerable work and thinking of the many outstanding authors of Center reports in recent years, and has identified a set of trends that correspond to these challenges and drive change in government. These trends—both separately and in combination—paint a path forward in responding to the ever-increasing complexity that government faces today and into the future.
The trends include:
- Performance. New laws, policies, technologies and techniques are changing how government improves performance by: creating a performance culture, providing incentives to use performance data to act, and enhancing the role of evidence-based approaches in decision making.
- Risk. Risk takes on many forms: national security, economic, budget and program, and privacy. However government leaders lack an accepted culture and framework to properly manage, incorporate, and communicate risk as part of program operations.
- Innovation. Government executives must be able to articulate the value of innovation within their agencies, align innovation efforts to agencies’ mission, and tap into innovators beyond government.
- Mission. Mission support functions have professionalized and centralized in recent years, but they need to be sure to align with mission delivery leaders in order to add value.
- Efficiency. The visible results of efficiency are best fostered via transparency in current costs and their ability to document and retain savings to continue mission achievement.
- Leadership. Successful government leaders must go beyond established parameters and institutional strictures, working across organizational boundaries in pursuit of multilayered, networked approaches tailored to a specific challenge.
We invite you to read the complete report, download a particular chapter, or contribute to our blog as we delve into each trend over the next six weeks.
Focusing on these six trends has the potential to change the way government does business. The Center will fund research into each, exploring in-depth their transformative potential. By sharing knowledge and expertise gained from this research, we hope to spark the imagination of government executives beyond their day-to-day urgencies and toward solutions to the serious problems and critical challenges that government faces now and into the future.