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.



Setting the scene: Civil service learning - An evolving priority

This chapter describes main trends challenging governments and testing the resilience and adaptability of public service institutions. The chapter presents some of the concepts and outlines the methodology based on the findings of the 2014 OECD Survey of National Schools of Government, developed by the OECD Global Network of Schools of Government.


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