Home » Our Digital Leaders research and events programme

Digital Leaders
Research and events programme

Our Digital Leaders research programme identifies the biggest challenges you face – and shapes events to help you address them

Around the world, civil service digital leaders have similar ambitions – aiming to strengthen the evidence that informs policymaking, the tools provided to civil servants, and the efficiency, accessibility and targeting of public services. And with countries at very different stages of development, national digital chiefs can learn a huge amount from one another about how best to pursue those common goals.

Since 2019, Global Government Forum has run the Government Digital Summit to facilitate that mutual support: bringing together national and departmental digital leaders from around the world, the annual Summit provides a space for open discussion, information-sharing and contact-building. And during 2021, we’ve been carrying out research to strengthen our offer to senior digital professionals.

Our aim was to better understand the needs of and the barriers to effective digital transformation, enabling us both to provide helpful guidance to digital leaders, and to target our events programme more closely at their needs. So we teamed up with Kevin Cunnington, former director general of the UK’s Government Digital Service, to pilot a research programme – interviewing the central digital leaders of seven middle- and high-income countries; identifying some of the most common obstacles and flaws in digital reform programmes; and exploring where further opportunities for collaboration and knowledge-sharing would provide most value to national digital leaders.

That report has now been published, setting out seven key messages on the requirements of effective digital transformation. Meanwhile, we are feeding its findings into our events programme – both shaping existing events around them, and introducing a range of new events to meet identified needs.

Some of these findings have almost universal value, and will inform ‘global’ events that should interest digital leaders from any country. Some highlight the need for ‘targeted’ events aimed at countries in a certain situation or with specific characteristics. And some require action by organisational leaders or the heads of other professions, and thus will shape ‘interdisciplinary’ elements of the GGF events programme.