Suggested readings

The following is a list of previous McGuinness Institute resources that we wanted participants to be aware of prior to the workshop. The most recent are featured first.

We did not expect the participants to read all of the material, but wanted to provide it to give context on our ongoing work on government department strategies (GDSs) and the history of the strategy stewardship system.

Most important to the one-day workshop is our recently published ‘History of Strategy Stewardship in the New Zealand public service 1980–2016’ as it outlines the history of the current strategic management framework. The Institute’s 2015 working papers are also very informative as they form the basis of our research on best practice for GDS drafting.

Working Papers:

2016/01: History of strategy stewardship in the New Zealand public service 1980–2016
Madeleine Foreman

2015/10: Analysis of Government Department Strategies Between 1 July 1994 and 30 June 2015—An overview
Wendy McGuinness and Madeleine Foreman

2015/09: Profiles Scoring Government Department Strategies in Operation as at 30 June 2015
Wendy McGuinness and Madeleine Foreman

2015/08: Tables Collating and Ranking Government Department Strategies in Operation as at 30 June 2015
Wendy McGuinness and Madeleine Foreman

2015/07: List of Government Department Strategies Between 1 July 1994 and 30 June 2015
Wendy McGuinness and Madeleine Foreman

2015/06: Profiles Scoring Government Department Strategies in Operation as at 30 June 2014
Wendy McGuinness, Madeleine Foreman and George Spittle

2015/05: Tables Collating and Ranking Government Department Strategies in Operation as at 30 June 2014
Wendy McGuinness, Madeleine Foreman and George Spittle

2015/04: Methodology for the Government Department Strategies Index New Zealand
Wendy McGuinness, Madeleine Foreman and George Spittle

2014/02: Analysis of Government Department Strategies Between 1 July 1994 and 30 June 2014—An overview
Wendy McGuinness, George Spittle and Madeleine Foreman

2014/01: List of Government Department Strategies Between 1 July 1994 and 30 June 2014
This is version 4 as at 28 October. We continue to update this working paper in response to feedback from government departments.
Renata Mokena-Lodge

 

GDS Index 2015 Publications:

The Government Department Strategies Index 2015 (February 2015)

This Index comprises five publications:

  • The GDS Index 2015 – Methodology
  • The GDS Index 2015 – Profiles
  • The GDS Index 2015 – Tables
  • The GDS Index 2015 – Observations
  • The GDS Index 2015 – PowerPoint presentation

Reports:

Report 2 – New Zealand Central Government Strategies: Reviewing the landscape 1990–2007 (August 2007)

This report seeks to understand how the New Zealand government departments integrate long-term thinking and action. The report analyses 130 strategy documents published from 1990–2007 and outlines how these could be improved. This exercise was repeated in 2015 and will be published as Report 15: Improving Strategy Stewardship.

A National Sustainable Development Strategy: How New Zealand measures up against international commitments (August 2005)