Policy labs the future of the public sector?

Stanford Social Innovation Review publishes core findings of MPP alumna Sarah Worthing's master's thesis.

How can policy labs foster greater collaboration and policy co-creation? This was the question recent alumna Sarah Worthing (MPP 2017) explored in her master's thesis, supervised by Johanna Mair, Hertie School Professor of Organization, Strategy and Leadership. Sarah's core findings have been published in an article in the Stanford Social Innovation Review, “Intragovernmental collaborations: Pipedreams or the future of the public sector?”

Policy labs are groups of people who work for one or several ministries, whose purpose is to come up with innovative approaches to address complex issues like social inequality, mass migration and terrorism. Sarah explains, “They can generate novel, citizen-centric, effective policies and service provisions, because they include a wide range of governmental and, in many cases, non-governmental actors in tackling complex public policy issues.” In her article, Sarah elaborates on five ways policy labs facilitate successful intragovermental collaboration, analysing multiple case studies from the European Union and the United States.

Sarah currently works on equitable labour market policies for disadvantaged people in Australia. Read her full article here.