The second edition of the summer program focused on people management in the public sector was held between last July and August
The People in Government Lab (PeopleGov Lab) is a laboratory dedicated to interdisciplinary research in public policy and government transformation at the Blavatnik School of Government of the University of Oxford. It held the second edition of its summer program focused on people management in the public sector between last July and August.
Through a partnership with the Insper Center for Public Management and Public Policy (CGPP, for its acronym in Portuguese), the program provides an environment for fellows to engage with practical aspects of public policy work within challenging projects and tasks aligned with the laboratory’s strategic activities. Masters students in public policy at Insper were able to apply for a fellowship in the program through a rigorous selection process conducted entirely by the PeopleGov Lab.
The work involved literature review and support for implementing a pilot experiment with different government agencies in Brazil and Chile. It seeks to mitigate the negative impacts of working from home during the pandemic. Vívian Jacobsohn Serebrinic, a student in the Insper Professional Masters in Public Policy and a program fellow, says that, through involving participants from different universities, this initiative represents an opportunity to better understand collaboration in the academic world and the search for robust methodologies to identify the phenomena studied.
“In the program, not only was I able to collaborate with a team made up of people from different countries and cultures, which in itself is excellent already, but also with different backgrounds and careers. For instance, the program was attended by public managers, lawyers, and economists. That diversity contributes to richer and more plural thinking,” says Vívian. In her project, she analyzed the impact of working from home on civil servants during the pandemic. “It is an absolutely thought-provoking and current topic, which should fuel future policies to ensure civil servant motivation in the new work formats that are being designed.”
For Vívian, the program is very much in line with the philosophy she perceives at Insper, of pursuing excellence and participating in the most relevant debates for society. “In that sense, working with other government research centers, such as Oxford, is essential.”
This edition’s closure ceremony took place on August 20. Besides the masters’ student Vívian, André Luiz Marques, Executive Coordinator of the CGPP, Sandro Cabral, head Professor and Coordinator of the Professional Masters in Public Policy (MPP), and Vinícius Cassio Barqueiro, CGPP’s head of relations with students, graduates, and institutional partners, were in attendance representing Insper. On that occasion, research fellows highlighted the program’s main points and conducted a mini-case study on people management in the public sector.
CGPP activities with Oxford’s School of Government
The summer program on people management in the public sector with the People in Government Lab is another of the actions conducted by the CGPP in partnership with the Blavatnik School of Government of the University of Oxford.
Recently, Insper professors Allyne Andrade e Silva and Natalia Pires Vasconcellos attended the workshop on case studies for teaching public policy. It was promoted by Blavatnik’s Case Centre on Public Leadership in line with Insper’s tradition of designing teaching case studies for use in the classroom.
Together with Government Outcomes Lab (GO Lab)the Blavatnik School, Insper has already enabled the participation of an alumnus in a postdoctoral program at Oxford. The partnership also covers the construction and improvement of social impact and outcome-based contracts databases, besides holding Hack-and-Learn events in which attendees from Insper, Oxford, and other institutions work together on challenges to improve the databases developed.
“Those collaborative actions between the CGPP and Oxford’s School of Government demonstrate Insper’s academic quality to international partners. The summer program is yet another of the initiatives we offer to continue expanding the learning experience of our Masters in Public Policy students,” says Sandro Cabral.
Discover the Executive Program in People Management in the Public Sector
The public sector delivers value essentially from the ability of its professionals to meet society’s demands and expectations, articulating legitimate and diverse interests. To this end, people management policies and practices must fulfill their role of enabling the achievement of the government’s strategic objectives.
With that in mind, in a co-creation and funding partnership with Brazilian nonprofit BRAVA, Lemann Foundation, Instituto Humanize, and Republica.org, Insper has open registration for its Executive Program in People Management in the Public Sector.
The course was designed to improve, in the top leadership of governmental bodies, the ability to attribute to people management its strategic focus on the achievement of governmental goals. The singularities and challenges of people management in the public sector are presented via operating cornerstones: Attraction and selection, performance and development management, engagement, and recognition. National and international studies and experiences (adapted to the Brazilian context) will be presented. A Roadmap will guide students through a self-diagnosis, with steps to be taken to champion skilled, committed, and well-managed teams to achieve a greater goal: Delivering public policy with quality.
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