Improving productivity not only boosts economic growth, it can also encourage innovation, create employment opportunities, enhance educational attainment, and renew the social and cultural fabric across the UK. 

Since 2010, there’s been a slowdown in productivity across the UK. It’s a challenge that’s influenced several political agendas for many years, particularly the existence of regional inequalities. 

To address this challenge, we’ve partnered with The Productivity Institute to find practical ways to accelerate productivity and create a pathway to improve efficiency, opportunities and outcomes for all. 

In our flagship report, Making Public Sector Productivity Practical, we connect the different perspectives from which the public sector can approach productivity.

In the report we reveal:

  • why productivity growth in the public sector is so important
  • the key levers the public sector can use to achieve their goals
  • recommendations on how to practically manage and improve productivity


The report concludes with three recommendations on how to practically manage and improve productivity: 
o    Systematically identify the major constraints or bottlenecks within an organisation and use an iterative approach to solve the most important constraints. Whilst prioritising tasks is challenging, subordinating everything else to it - especially in the public sector where day-to-day service delivery is critical - is even tougher.

o    A good, solid, real-time measurement system helps management to understand how their organisation is performing - and how it can improve productivity by removing key constraints. Measurement is equally essential when it comes to staff engagement, identifying opportunities and monitoring how these changes are helping your organisation to progress.

o    Communication and collaboration are invaluable when it comes to improving productivity; cultivating a culture of continuous innovation remains an essential component.

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