Government Trends 2022


Government Trends 2022

What are the most transformational trends in the public sector today?

Explore this year's 10 transformative trends that focus on how governments are striving to become future-ready postpandemic, grouped under three themes—building resilience, connected for greater value, and government for all the people.

Everyone had hoped that by 2022 the pandemic would be over and that nations would be getting back to normal—or at least establishing a new normal. But for many countries, the virus continues to create havoc. The pandemic continues to present unique challenges for governments: a health crisis coupled with massive economic disruption and unprecedented demands for social support.

Last year, our Government Trends 2021 report focused on how governments were seeking to enhance agility, improve operations, and rebuild trust. Government Trends 2022 continues to build on those themes, but with a strong focus on how governments are striving to become future-ready.

The report distils extensive research on government, including what’s happening on the ground, bringing you voices from the frontlines— public servants who are pioneering these innovative trends.

Government trends 2022

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Building Resilience

Resilience is the ability to successfully respond to a disruptive event. Building resilience is a long-term exercise. The pandemic isn’t the only disruption challenging government—technology shifts, climate change, economic disruption, and supply chain issues are just some of the areas in which governments are striving for greater resilience.

1. Climate-resilient government: How governments are addressing climate change

2. Reshoring and “friendshoring” supply chains: Reshaping supply chains to improve economic resilience

3. Future-proofing the labour force: Enabling the adaptive worker of the future

Connected for Greater Value
Governments are trying to overcome challenges that limit its ability to deliver greater impact and address critical problems, especially ecosystem challenges that cross interagency boundaries. Arranging agency structures around “problems” rather than simply departmental boundaries allows governments to respond better to complex societal issues. Data-sharing plays a crucial role in this “silo-hacking” effort by becoming a connecting thread between agencies. Governments are also acting as a catalyst in the innovation ecosystem to foster better collaboration and more inclusive societal problem-solving. Finally, international collaboratives are gaining momentum to help prepare the world for future health disruptions.

4. Linked up government: Building connections for greater impact

5. Data-fuelled government: Breaking down silos with turbo-charged data

6. Government as catalyst: Driving innovation ecosystems

7. New era of global public health partnerships: Collaborating for better health preparedness

Government for all the People
The pandemic has thrown a spotlight on diversity, equity, and inclusion. As governments moved services online during the pandemic, it became critical to improve digital access. Moreover, government leaders are reimagining social care programs to improve the delivery of services and drive greater impact in disadvantaged communities.

8. Digital access for all: Equity in digital service delivery

9. Designing for inclusive engagement: Digital communications for richer community connection

10. Reimagining social care: Recasting the social safety net

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