Call for Research Report Proposals
Tuesday, February 5, 2019
Driving meaningful and sustained change in government requires innovative, effective and efficient decision making and implementation for positive, significant and lasting results.

For more than two decades, the IBM Center for The Business of Government has supported leading researchers to address this imperative by identifying trends, new ideas and best practices—crafting approaches that support government leaders in addressing mission delivery and management challenges with strategies and actions that promote efficiency and effectiveness. Center reports assist public sector executives and managers in addressing real-world problems with practical ideas and original thinking to improve government performance. 

The Center is releasing a newly updated Research Announcement.   We invite proposals that result in reports with innovative findings and actionable recommendations for government leaders and stakeholders in the following subject areas:

  • INSIGHT – Using data, evidence and analytics to create insight that influences decision making, actions, performance, and results
  • AGILITY – Adopting new ways for government to operate, using agile principles and putting user experiences and program results at the forefront
  • EFFECTIVENESS– Applying enterprise approaches to achieve better outcomes, operational efficiency and a leaner government
  • RISK – Mitigating risk, managing cybersecurity and building resiliency to meet the mission of government
  • PEOPLE – Cultivating people; reforming processes for hiring, skill development, and retention; and leveraging data and technologies to build the workforce of the future
  • ENGAGEMENT– Fostering a citizen-driven government through real-time interactive feedback, data visualization, social media, and other tools to engage, co-create and co-produce services and programs
  • DIGITAL – Optimizing new technologies to focus on the user experience and incentivize innovators to modernize how government does business.

These seven themes draw on significant insights shared by government, academic, and nonprofit leaders to identify key drivers for transforming government, and reinforced by the Center’s 2018 book Government For The Future:  Reflection and Vision for Tomorrow’s Leaders. Through research into these areas, the Center will continue to help communicate what leading experts know about effective practices and lessons learned to government leaders and stakeholders.

We again look forward to receiving proposals that address these imperatives, and continuing to work with the world’s leading public management researchers. Our next deadlines are April 1, 2019, November 1, 2019, and April 1, 2020.




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