AREA OF INTEREST
Creating a high performing government requires a comprehensive approach. It’s not enough to focus on one aspect of government reform at a time; we need to tackle numerous challenges simultaneously. We have identified the linchpin issues that must be addressed to improve our government’s performance and we work tirelessly to make progress in each of these areas
Oversight is the means by which Lawmakers, the media and outside stakeholders can identify what is working in our government, surface problems, find solutions and hold agencies and their leaders accountable. When done well, oversight fulfills an important and legitimate role in Nigerian democracy. POHAN® is working to create the resources, tools and communities in Legislators and the executive branch to promote the regular, routine oversight that ensures that our government programs effectively and efficiently provide services to the Nigerian people.
Leadership Development is the most important factor influencing government performance and effectiveness. For government leaders to keep us safe, provide vital services and move the country forward, they need to develop their leadership and management skills. At the POHAN®, we help the most promising people in the government workforce develop into high-functioning leaders. We provide them with adequate knowledge and resources to solve our government’s most intractable problems, foster collaboration within and across agencies and spearhead innovation throughout government.
Performance and Accountability
To magnify government’s impact, we need to create a culture where agencies are accountable for their performance. At POHAN® we are committed to helping agencies further the progress they’ve already made in enhancing performance and accountability. We regularly convene the COOs and PIOs responsible for overseeing these initiatives and survey the employees of government from Federal to Local who have a hand in implementing them. We track best practices and disseminate those findings across government, helping agency leaders learn from the successful efforts of their peers.
Public servants are some of the brightest, most dedicated professionals in the country. But too often, their accomplishments come in spite of the government systems that they rely on for support. While the world has changed, our government, in many respects, has not. At the POHAN®, we’re trying to transform the way government works. From hiring more cybersecurity professionals to strengthening the Senior Executive Service, we advocate for a series of efforts to bring the right people into government and ensure they’re properly equipped to do their jobs well. With a high-functioning, innovative government, federal employees can better serve the Nigerian people.
Innovation in Government.
Our nation faces an array of critical and complex challenges that Nigerians expect the government to address, from protecting public health and the environment to caring for her people, responding to natural disasters and keeping us safe in a dangerous world. Meeting these challenges requires harnessing new, innovative approaches to unleash employee creativity and deliver better results for the Nigerians. Through our research and engagement with critical stakeholders and the innovation community, we are working to increase the adoption and use of proven innovation practices to improve government’s ability to achieve its many import missions. As part of this effort, POHAN® is working to establish a council, an advisory organization of experts who are committed to fostering innovation in government. Government Leaders Good governance depends on great leaders doing exceptional work. The dedicated, mission-driven members of the Senior Executive Service are critical to the stability of our economy and the security of our nation. They ensure government continues to innovate so it can operate effectively and cater to the rapidly evolving needs of Nigerians POHAN® is committed to the long-term health of the Senior Public Servants. That’s why our research demonstrates the need for a strong Senior Public Servant articulates current challenges for executive leaders and identifies strategies to help SPS members meet future needs. We also work with agencies to support individual SPS members and help them do their jobs effectively.
A highly engaged and motivated workforce drives productivity and service quality, but the government lags well behind the private sector in employee engagement—and the gap is growing. POHAN® helps governments and agencies improve employee engagement, from increasing job satisfaction and commitment to enhancing the overall workplace experience. We do this through our annual best place to work in the government rankings that help government leaders assess employee engagement at their agencies, alerting them to signs or trouble and providing a roadmap to improve the management of the workforce. We also use the data to provide guidance and offer training to agencies on employee engagement strategies.