National Schools of Government

Building Civil Service Capacity

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National schools of government operate in a context of rapidly changing needs and expectations for governments, citizens and civil servants. Drawing on a 2014 survey, the report reviews how schools of government are adapting to address countries’ most pressing political and economic challenges. It analyses best practices, and includes recommendations on designing and implementing whole-of-government and organisation-specific civil service learning and development strategies. The report suggests ways to align learning programmes with the priorities of national governments, to enhance innovative techniques in the delivery and content of learning, and to ensure their stable and adequate funding.


Innovating in schools of government programmes

The tools and technologies with which civil servants need to work have become increasingly sophisticated. This chapter considers the teaching and research activities of the schools of government through the lens of innovation and the increasing need for schools to keep pace with evolving technologies. The chapter provides an overview of the modern means and innovations used by schools of government to deliver training, learning and professional development opportunities to public servants.


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