Government-to-University Initiative

The Government-to-University (“G2U”) Initiative is committed to advancing deeper partnerships between government and universities—partnerships that the Alliance believes can be mutually beneficial for government and universities and generate substantial benefits in preparing our nation to address complex problems.

The Volcker Alliance is committed to advancing effective management of government and believes that public-private partnerships are an important asset in that effort. The Government-to-University (“G2U”) Initiative is specifically committed to advancing deeper partnerships between government and universities—partnerships that the Alliance believes can be mutually beneficial for both and generate substantial benefits in preparing our nation to address complex problems. In particular, the Initiative focuses on fostering connections to strengthen access to top talent, workforce preparedness, and support for applied research, predictive analytics, and program evaluation. 

The first phase of the G2U Initiative, completed in the fall of 2018, explored existing partnerships between government and universities to identify best practices that can be replicated elsewhere as well as promising but under-developed opportunities for additional collaboration. The Alliance convened two-day roundtables focused on these objectives, which were held in Pittsburgh, PA, Chapel Hill, NC, Kansas City, MO, and Austin, TX. Roundtable participants included university administrators, faculty, students, recent graduates, program and hiring managers from all levels of government, good government allies, and subject matter experts.

Coming out of this exploratory phase of the G2U initiative, we learned there is an enormous appetite to advance effectiveness in governance by building government-university networks at a regional level. Participants in every site emphatically endorsed the value of routine, structured regional collaboration between local, state, and federal government practitioners with universities’ leadership, faculties, and students. Public sector workforce recruitment and the alignment of research priorities rose to the top as the most productive topics for a regional group to tackle. Tangible, actionable solutions are already taking shape.

To launch the next phase of the effort, the Volcker Alliance hosted a launch event on March 20, 2019 in Washington, D.C. Learn more about the event here

Initiative Partners