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.

Latest publications

GDS Index 2018 update

On 2 May 2019 the Institute launched the 2018 GDS Index Update and the Government Department Strategies Handbook – He Puna Rautaki. Read the blog about the launch event here or learn more about the GDS Index here.

Past workshops

KiMuaNZ: Exploring climate futures workshop
(July 2019)

From Sunday, 1 July 2019 to Thursday, 3 July 2019 the Institute hosted a four-day KiMuaNZ: Exploring climate futures workshop. The workshop aimed to highlight the perspectives of young New Zealanders on adapting to and mitigating climate change, and focused on exploring different future scenarios and strategies for New Zealand and our Pacific neighbours within a climate changing world. 

This workshop forms part of our ClimateChangeNZ Project, please see our project website here.

April 2018: Ministry of Social Development StrategyNZ workshop

The Institute ran a two-hour workshop on devising ‘good’ strategy documents for a group of Ministry of Social Development (MSD) employees working in the performance and strategy team. The discussion was facilitated with exercises, which can be downloaded here, and included examples from The GDS Index. Read the full blog about the event 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. If you have any questions or feedback, please contact the McGuinness Institute at strategynz@mcguinnessinstitute.org