Expertise: Public

Government 4.0

Whiteshield has helped numerous governments achieve whole-of-government results by developing and implementing an innovative set of highly effective policies. Our ‘Policy to GDP’, ‘Industrial Policy 4.0, ‘Manufacturing 4.0’, and ‘Performance Impact Tool’ are used by policymakers to design whole-of-government policies and associated economic growth strategies. Our models and approaches were recognised in leading publications and forums, including Harvard Business Review and the World Economic Forum.

Tom Flynn



Fouad Homsy



Connecting the dots between different areas of public policy is fundamental to understanding the impact on citizens. To grasp this impact, a combination of advanced modelling, public policy experience, and a deep understanding of the private sector is needed.

We address questions such as:

How to rethink government policy measures to complement each other?

What institutional arrangements are most adapted to design and implement these policies? How to best coordinate and align public resources?

What type of next-generation industrial policy to put in place?

What role can digital technologies play in making government more connected, effective and efficient?

Which performance indicators are best adapted to monitor progress?

Whiteshield addresses these questions by using a combination of three elements:

  1. Leveraging advanced Data Science Models. These include our proprietary:
    • City Navigator: Using agent-based modelling system dynamics and econometric models to better understand how to manage a city;
    • Future of Country Navigator: Anticipating and addressing the impact of public policies at a national level.
    • System Dynamics Tourism Model: Gaining a better understanding of specific sector impacts based on new technologies and new behaviours such as tourism.
      Modelling is not enough. We use advanced foresight analysis and scenario planning to look at the anticipation of the future of work at a detailed level and the typical new technologies and capabilities built in any economy. 
  2. Understanding the future technologies and future trends which are impacting different societies. Government 4.0 is not just about new techniques of public policy but also understanding what is driving the future of work, what is driving the future of technology and what is driving the different innovations.
  3. Embracing a national agenda and looking not only at governments as a comprehensive area to tackle but the country as a whole and embedding into any public policy the feedback and the absorptive capacity of citizens, the private sector, as well as civil societies at large.

    Combining these three methodologies allows us to comprehensively approach policy reform at the supernational, national, regional, or city levels.

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