2021 Work Programme 

The McGuinness Institute is fortunate to be able to set its work programme in response to where we think we can deliver value. This means that the observations made throughout 2020 shape our work programme for 2021. We remain flexible throughout the year to ensure that our focus remains on exactly what we believe is most important for the long-term future of New Zealand.

Our 2021 work programme is on the right. Throughout the year we do update our work programme, so please do check back every few months to see how our work programme has evolved. We welcome collaboration, so if there is anything that interests you, please contact us. To review previous work programmes, please see the link here.

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Policy Projects


As a result of our observation that in policy-making, foresight drives strategy, strategy requires reporting, and reporting shapes foresight, we developed three interlinking policy projects:

Each must align if we want New Zealand to develop durable, robust and forward-looking public policy.

















Research Projects


Our research projects are framed and fed into by our policy projects and address a range of significant issues facing New Zealand. They are developed in response to a wide range of areas of study:

Linkages between projects

The methodology that drives our work shaped by the need to have an integrated, whole-system approach. We believe that policy requires equal amounts of focus on foresight, strategy and reporting. Foresight drives strategy but is shaped by reporting. Strategy drives reporting but is shaped by foresight. Lastly, reporting drives foresight, but is shaped by strategy. That is why we have three policy projects.

However, policy projects alone will not ensure we create value; we need to delve into complex problems in order to solve them. That is the role of the research projects. On the right is how we see these two types of projects; the Institute focuses on the research project, through the lens of foresight, strategy and reporting. This way we can move between the specific to the general with relative ease.