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. Each of the policy projects must 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 ongoing and are different from significant issues facing New Zealand. For a full explanation, see the About page on the McGuinness Institute website, found here.




The StrategyNZ Work Programme for 2017
The 2017 work programme for the StrategyNZ project is still in revision but includes the following:

  1. The publication of the 2016 GDS Index Update. For more information on the Index, please visit the official website here.
  2. The publication of Report 15: Strategy Stewardship: Strengthening the role of government department strategies in the public service. Learn more about the upcoming report here.

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

  1. The Strengthening Strategy Stewardship workshop 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. The Timeline of strategy stewardship in the New Zealand Public Service was published. Learn more here.
  3. Research and analysis on the GDS Index 2016 update began. The Government Department Strategies Index annually reviews each new GDS against a scorecard and then ranks these against the 100 plus GDSs still in operation. It does not assess the quality of the GDS substance, but assesses the form of the document. For more information on the Index, please visit the official website here.
  4. Research for Report 15 continued, as part of Project 2058.

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