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Deloitte launches GovLab Singapore to nurture bold ideas in the public sector

Zafirah Salim | July 29, 2015
Members of GovLab’s fellowship programme will embark on two new projects this month, focusing on Singapore’s Smart Nation initiative and Smart Cities programmes in Jakarta.

Deloitte has partnered with the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) to launch today GovLab Singapore (GovLab), a Centre of Excellence that focuses on research, collaboration and innovation to nurture bold ideas in the public sector.

Based in Singapore, GovLab has a fellowship programme where GovLab Fellows - who are selected from a pool of high-performing Deloitte practitioners in Southeast Asia - conduct research into key issues and emerging ideas shaping the public, private and non-profit sectors to provide governments with the right knowledge and tools to convert challenges into opportunities.  

In November 2014, the pilot phase of the fellowship programme was initiated to study two public sector topics on healthcare and workplace safety. The pilot cohort worked closely with the Singapore government agencies and leaders in the sectors over a four-month period to develop a number of insights.

The GovLab Fellows discussed the drivers for rising national healthcare expenditure in Singapore and explored innovative solutions that have the potential to disrupt the healthcare landscape and drive down healthcare costs. These models were then specifically tailored to reflect how they may work in Singapore to better transform the healthcare landscape.  

They also developed a predictive analytics model to identify factors that will help direct workplace health and safety resources to reduce the frequency of accidents in the construction industry. This can readily be expanded and used by the government to identify businesses that are at risk and require the much needed support.

Following the success of the pilot projects, the first cohort of GovLab Fellows will be embarking on two new projects in July. One of the projects will focus on Singapore's Smart Nation initiative, while the other will be centred around Smart Cities programmes in Jakarta.

"GovLab offers great promise in shaping the future public sector landscape in Southeast Asia. It seeks to nurture innovative yet practical ways for governments to radically transform the way they deliver their services and prepare for the challenges ahead," said Philip Yuen, CEO of Deloitte Singapore.

"For Deloitte, GovLab is a talent initiative designed specifically to nurture Deloitte practitioners as future thought leaders within the public sector practice. Through the GovLab Fellowship programme, our people will gain an understanding of the critical challenges governments face today and in the process develop solutions to support greater impact, efficiency, and quality in public sector service delivery for clients," added Lee Chew Chiat, GovLab Leader and Public Sector Industry Leader for Deloitte Southeast Asia.


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