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


Kathryn Petrie

Kathryn PETRIE

Connecting the dots between different areas of public policy is fundamental to understand the impact on citizens. To grasp this impact a combination of advanced modelling, experience in public policy, but also 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 type of 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?

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

  1. Advanced Data Science Models using agent-based modelling system dynamics and econometric models to better understand how to manage a city (City Navigator)
    How to anticipate and address the impact of public policies at a national level ( The Future of Country Navigator)
    Better understanding of specific sector impacts based on new technologies and new behaviours such as tourism (Whiteshield System Dynamics Tourism Model)
    Modelling is not enough.
    We use advance four site analysis and scenario planning to look at the anticipation of the future of work at the detail level but also at the typical new technologies and new capabilities which are being built in any economy. 
  2. There is also a need to understand what are 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. We also use advanced foresight and scenario planning to look at the anticipation of the future of work at the detailed level, but also at the typical new technologies and capabilities being built in an economy.
  3. Embrace a national agenda and to look at governments, not just as a comprehensive area to tackle, but rather the country as a whole and embedding into any public policy the feedback and the absorptions of the citizens, of the private sector, companies, as well as civil societies at large.

    Combining these three methodologies allows us to have a comprehensive approach to policy reform at the supernational, national, regional, or city level.

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