Government-to-University Initiative

The Government-to-University (“G2U”) Initiative is committed to advancing deeper partnerships between government and universities—partnerships that the Alliance believes can be mutually beneficial for government and universities and generate substantial benefits in preparing our nation to address complex problems.

The Volcker Alliance is committed to advancing effective management of government and believes that public-private partnerships are an important asset in that effort. The Government-to-University (“G2U”) Initiative is specifically committed to advancing deeper partnerships between government and universities—partnerships that the Alliance believes can be mutually beneficial for government and universities and generate substantial benefits in preparing our nation to address complex problems. In particular, the Initiative focuses on fostering connections to ensure that universities train future government employees with the skills that will be most in demand in government, to improve recruitment of top talent from universities into government, and to generate practical research that aids government operations and effectiveness at all levels.

The first phase of the G2U Initiative will explore existing partnerships between government and universities to identify best practices that can be replicated elsewhere as well as promising but under-developed opportunities for additional collaboration. In the fall of 2018, the Volcker Alliance will work with universities and other partners in four cities to convene two-day roundtables focused on these objectives. Roundtables will be held in:

  • Pittsburgh, PA from October 16-17;
  • Chapel Hill, NC from October 24-25;
  • Kansas City, MO from November 14-15; and
  • Austin, TX from December 5-6.

Roundtable participants will include university administrators, faculty, students, recent graduates, program and hiring managers from all levels of government, good government allies, and subject matter experts. The discussions will be divided into three design sessions, focused on the following objectives:

     1. Identify steps to improve recruitment of top talent from universities into government.

     2. Reach consensus on the skills that will be most in demand in government and ways universities can develop those competencies.

     3. Strengthen opportunities for government agencies/managers to communicate research questions to universities related to government effectiveness, including use of practicums. 

In addition to the Volcker Alliance team, the G2U Initiative will engage the leadership of Dustin Brown, who has joined the Alliance on a six-month sabbatical from his role as the Deputy Assistant Director for Management in the US Office of Management and Budget, and human-centered design experts from The Lab of the Federal Executive Institute within the US Office of Personnel Management.

The results of these roundtables will identify scalable leading practices and promising opportunities to expand and strengthen partnerships between government and universities along with opportunities through this initiative to sustain these partnerships over time.

Initiative Partners