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The way we work
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We blend new academic findings and insights from practice to explore new ways of addressing the complex challenges that governments are facing in practice:


  • Our research is grounded in practice. We explore new ways of building the capacity of government to adapt to fast changing needs and circumstances.
  • We conduct literature reviews to identify ideas from a diversity of disciplines with potential for practitioners.
  • We undertake original research in co-operation with country partners to explore the new frontiers of public administration.

Action Learning

  • We capture and disseminate the lessons learned by practitioners around the world leading ambitious public sector transformation. The learning is in the doing.
  • We connect practitioners and thought leaders to speed up their discovery process and improve the likelihood of success of public interventions.

Building Capacity

  • We provide practical advice to build the public sector capabilities to invent solutions and lead public transformations.
  • We facilitate tailor made workshops for public sector leaders, designed specifically around the challenges of interest to the host organization.

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Reflecting on the National Public Service Week of Canada, PGI has dug deep into our archives to share the first-ever digital Annual Report to the Prime Minister on the Public Service of Canada. The Sixth Annual Report was Madame Bourgon’s final report to the Prime Minister of Canada as she was preparing to move on from her role as the first female Clerk of the Privy Council. Her final report is reflective of her esteemed tenure as Clerk, one that continuously pushed boundaries and guided the Public Service of Canada through an unprecedented period of change to prepare for the challenges of the 21st century.