The overall aim of StrategyNZ is to contribute to a discussion on how to improve strategic decision-making, strategy stewardship and implementation in both the private and the public sector. To learn about the history and methodology of this project, see here.

About the three policy projects
We developed the three interlinking policy projects as a result of our observation that foresight drives strategy, strategy requires reporting, and reporting shapes foresight; hence ForesightNZ, StrategyNZ and ReportingNZ. Underlying each of the policy projects is a set of tools and frameworks that shape and drive public policy. The reason there are three policy projects is to highlight that each of the policy projects must also align if we want New Zealand to develop durable, robust and forward-looking public policy going forward. The reason for separating policy projects from research projects is to emphasise that these three sets of tools and frameworks are on-going and are different from significant issues facing New Zealand. For a full explanation, go to the About Page on the McGuinness Institute website, found here.

The Project Work Programme for 2016
The 2016 work programme for the StrategyNZ project includes the following:

  1. Undertaking a Strengthening Strategy Stewardship workshop (this was held on 14 July 2016). This workshop spans both this project and the ReportingNZ policy project, as it deals with both strategy and the reporting of strategy.
  2. Working to create a final infographic on the Timeline of strategy stewardship in the New Zealand Public Service. A final draft has been published. Learn more here.
  3. Updating the GDS Index for the 2016 year. The Government Department Strategies Index annually reviews each new GDS against a scorecard and then ranks these against the 100 plus strategies in operation. It does not assess the quality of the strategy, but assesses whether there is sufficient information for a user to assess the quality of the strategy. For more information on the Index, please visit the official website here.
  4. Publishing a report on strategy stewardship (Report 15) as part of Project 2058. Learn more about the upcoming report here.

If you have any questions, please contact the McGuinness Institute at strategynz@mcguinnessinstitute.org