Workshop: Rebuilding Trust in Government in Painful and Turbulent Times




Rebuilding trust in government in painful and turbulent times

Perspectives from the US and global discussion

Free Online Workshop | Exclusive for Public Servants & Policymakers | July 23, 2020 from 12-1pm EDT / 5-6pm BST

During times of crisis, it is vital that citizens trust their governments to make the right decisions. Since 2011, according to the 2020 Edelman Trust Barometer, globally there has been an erosion in trust in government. Perhaps counterintuitively, their latest survey shows a pandemic-inspired comeback, in many countries including the UK, Canada, Germany and the US. Trust in government leaders has increased by 13 points to 61 percent making them more trusted than CEOs.

The COVID-19 pandemic and recent global outrage over police brutality and racial injustice have made it clear that the survival and security of people everywhere depends on the government, and on people’s willingness to put their trust in government. Public servants are key to governments’ responses to a crisis, and can play a key role in building public trust in the government.

Join this workshop to find out how public servants can turn this moment of crisis into an unprecedented opportunity to rebuild trust in government. Using the United States as a case study, you’ll hear from experts about strategies of effective governance in crisis, and ways that universities can serve as critical governmental partners in this effort.


  • What steps public servants can take to restore confidence in public institutions
  • How partnerships between academia and the public service in the US have helped rebuild trust in government
  • The importance of building sustainable partnerships across sectors and governments
  • Ways to ensure government is making informed and transparent policy decisions


  • Sandra Archibald, Volcker Alliance senior fellow and emeritus dean of the Evans School at the University of Washington
  • Kathryn Newcomer, professor at the Trachtenberg School at George Washington University
  • Dean Roland Anglin, of the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University


Any public servants or policymakers looking for ways to rebuild public trust in government.

All registrants will receive a recording of the workshop. If you are not yet a member of Apolitical, you will be taken to a signup page that will automatically register you for the workshop.