Surveying 124 senior executives in the public sector from Australia, Canada, Germany, The Netherlands, the U.K., and the U.S., in order to provide an in-depth analysis of the different ways some governments are dealing with the effects of the economic downturn — the key results are:
- in the short term, public sector budgets for 84 percent respondents are remaining static or shrinking
- sixty three percent public sector respondents are unlikely to change their strategy in the next year as a result of the current global economic downturn — however the full impact of the crisis is not likely to be felt until 2011 or 2012
- a majority of respondents (60 percent) are making long term changes to try to put their organization in a good position for the next decade
- however, few respondents are making radical changes to their organization — only 20 percent of public sector organizations are planning to change their business or service delivery model.