An Innovative Professional Development Program for the Public Workforce

Transform Hawaii Government (THG) believes that modernization of the state’s critical IT systems is fueled by a dedicated, skilled and responsible workforce.  Additionally, with the growing ubiquity of technology and the data it generates, citizens’ expectations of accessibility of government services, online and real-time, are at an all-time high.

With state IT systems 20 years old and counting, implementing new IT systems and processes can reap many rewards but is often very disruptive.  New technologies, and new ways of doing business better and faster often require collaboration between public agencies and community partners.

Founder and strategic director Rachel Wong addresses OSF's cohort

Image Courtesy of One Shared Future

THG was proud to support a bright spot in the endeavor of IT workforce development called One Shared Future.  OSF, which envisions a community where all children, families, and individuals are supported to reach their fullest potential, so that we all may thrive.

OSF invests directly in the professional development of public sector professionals who are working to make a positive impact on Hawaii’s communities.

“Now more than ever, expanding professional development opportunities for public sector professionals is key to positive transformations in our community,” said founder and strategic director Rachael Wong. “Locally and nationally, public sector agencies administer the majority of the social impact resources available to states.”

THG funded OSF’s two spring cohorts, which launched in March 2018. One cohort was comprised of Department of Human Resources Development professionals andhuman resources officers from five agencies: Department of Agriculture; Department of the Attorney General; Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism; Department of Budget and Finance; and Department of Human Services. The other cohort included Department of Human Services and Department of Health professionals working across departments to improve community well-being and community outcomes though the shared ‘Ohana Nui framework.

Both cohorts culminated the Appreciating Change experience with Springboard to Action presentations in which participants shared the projects they developed though the series and that often address “seemingly intractable” issues in real time.  Two Springboard projects were implemented before their commencement while others continue to develop through cross-agency collaborations.

“This privately developed series is one of the best things that has been offered to state employees and leaders,” says Pankaj Bhanot, Director of the Department of Human Services who supported the attendance of 30 DHS employees and leaders.  “The impact of OSF extends far beyond the public sector –  it changes Hawaii for the better.”

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