GovLab to shape the future public sector landscape in Southeast Asia
Bold ideas developed from GovLab projects piloted for the public sector in Singapore
SINGAPORE, 29 July 2015 — Deloitte today announced the official launch of GovLab Singapore (GovLab), a Centre of Excellence that focuses on research, collaboration and innovation to nurture bold ideas in the public sector, linking them to the growing expectations governments have to meet.
Developed in partnership with the Singapore Economic Development Board, GovLab works closely with senior government executives and thought leaders in Southeast Asia and globally to develop a unique understanding of the increasingly complex and dynamic world.
Philip Yuen, CEO of Deloitte Singapore, remarked, “GovLab offers great promise in shaping the future public sector landscape in Southeast Asia. It seeks to nurture innovative yet practical ways for governments to radically transform the way they deliver their services and prepare for the challenges ahead.”
“The unprecedented speed of urbanisation and digitisation of the emerging middle class in Asia calls for innovative approaches to the business of government. We are delighted to welcome GovLab Singapore, one of the two Centres of Excellence for Deloitte's Public Sector practice globally focusing on innovation for public service delivery,” said Mr Kelvin Wong, Assistant Managing Director at the Singapore Economic Development Board.
Based in Singapore, GovLab has a fellowship programme where GovLab Fellows – selected from a pool of high-performing Deloitte practitioners in Southeast Asia – conduct research into key issues and emerging ideas shaping the public, private, and non-profit sectors to provide governments with the right knowledge and tools to convert challenges into opportunities.
Lee Chew Chiat, GovLab Leader and Public Sector Industry Leader for Deloitte Southeast Asia shared, “For Deloitte, GovLab is a talent initiative designed specifically to nurture Deloitte practitioners as future thought leaders within the public sector practice. Through the GovLab Fellowship programme, our people will gain an understanding of the critical challenges governments face today and in the process develop solutions to support greater impact, efficiency, and quality in public sector service delivery for clients.”
In November 2014, the pilot phase of the fellowship programme was initiated to study two public sector topics on healthcare and workplace safety. The pilot cohort worked closely with the Singapore government agencies and leaders in the sectors over a four-month period to develop a number of pragmatic yet thought-provoking insights.
- Using disruptive innovation to address rising healthcare costs: The GovLab Fellows explored the drivers for rising national healthcare expenditure in Singapore and investigated innovative solutions that have the potential to disrupt the healthcare landscape and drive down healthcare costs. These models were then specifically tailored to reflect how they may work in Singapore to transform its already successful healthcare landscape into the distinctive one that it can and should be.
- Improving workplace safety using predictive analytics: The GovLab Fellows developed a predictive analytics model to identify factors that will help direct workplace health and safety resources to reduce the frequency of accidents in the construction industry. This can readily be expanded and used by the government to identify businesses that are at risk and require the much needed support.
Following the success of the pilot projects, the first cohort of GovLab Fellows will be embarking on two new projects in July. One of the projects will focus on Singapore’s Smart Nation initiative, while the other will be centred around Smart Cities programmes in Jakarta.
GovLab Singapore (GovLab) is a Centre of Excellence that works closely with senior government executives and thought leaders in Southeast Asia and globally to nurture innovative yet practical ways for governments to transform the way they deliver their services. Through its fellowship programme, GovLab conducts research into key issues and emerging ideas shaping the public, private, and non-profit sectors to provide governments with the right knowledge and tools to convert challenges that governments today and of the future may face into opportunities.