SGI, a non-profit, non-partisan civic association, was spun off from one of the most important Slovak think-tanks INEKO (Institute for Social and Economic Reforms) in October 2001 to create an NGO with a clear focus on good governance and public policy.
SGI has implemented number of projects in different fields related to policy-making. The assignments carried out by SGI include public administration assessments and changes, policymaking and policy implementation, human resources enhancement and capacity building. Thus, SGI operates in the following fields of specialization:
• Public administration and fiscal policy (includes public administration management and reform, fiscal management and organizational issues, organizational audits, assessments and restructuring, capacity building and institutional strengthening in public sector, including human resources and civil service professional standards development and training design and delivery)
• Policy making process and policy development
• Employment and social policy
• Knowledge economy and education policy
• Management and evaluation of Structural Funds and other developmental financial instruments.
SGI and its core staff combine a unique mix of extensive consultancy experience, senior government experience, rigorous educational background and continuing teaching and research involvement:
• Extensive consultancy experience not only in Slovakia, but in many other countries, primarily in Central and Eastern Europe
• Recent experience with senior level positions in the Government, providing direct experience with policymaking and policy implementation processes, decision-making, organizational restructuring.
• Rigorous educational background, with all staff possessing postgraduate degrees including several PhDs, mostly from institutions of international reputation (University of Edinburgh, University of St Andrews, New York University, Central European University)
• Experience with designing economic and social reforms from the position of a think tank (non-governmental organization) - including participation in expert teams of several ministries and government institutions in Slovakia and abroad.
• Active academic participation in relevant fields of research providing possibility to keep SGI staff informed up-to date in fields such as public administration, policymaking, public administration management and individual policies. SGI employees have contributed by large to establishing of Public policy MA program at Comenius University in Bratislava. At the moment almost majority of SGI staff conduct teaching and research within this program.
Additionally, SGI can mobilize services of its associates, individuals who are not part of its core staff, but have a permanent relationship with SGI and are available for assignments as a part of SGI capacity. These individuals, usually current or former high-ranking civil servants or researchers, can immensely enhance the quality of SGI work.