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.