About us

The department is comprised of three capacity groups. Each of these capacity groups has its own approach to governance issues.

  • An analytical approach, with an emphasis on quantitative analysis and modelling. This type of research is mostly conducted by our Policy Analysis (PA) group.
  • A systems approach, with the emphasis on analysis and design of whole-systems solutions to governance issues, often enabled by ICT. This type of research is mostly conducted by our Systems Engineering (SE) group.
  • An empirical approach, focusing on the way in which governance takes shape in the real world. This type of research is mostly conducted by our Organisation & Governance (OG) group.

The three groups work together often – our principle is that each of three approaches is necessary to address governance issues and design solutions. 

Cooperation is a core value at the Department. MAS fosters a culture in which people are encouraged to work together.