The Center for Research on Public Administration and Government (CEAPG) is the first research center at São Paulo School of Business Administration at Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV-EAESP). It was created in 1989 to bring together the School researchers who were involved in public affairs. In 1995, the Center was invited by Ford Foundation to create, according to previous experiences in the United States and the Philippines, an annual award for subnational public organizations innovating the ways of delivering public services, named Public Management and Citizenship Program (GPC).
The program was also supported by the Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES), receiving and documenting information about 8,200 subnational experiences from 1996 to 2005. The GPC has also instigated the creation of important networks of debate and dissemination of innovation in Brazil, Latin America and even throughout the world (the Observatorio Latinoamericano de la Innovación Pública Local and the Liaison Group for Innovations in Governance and Public Action are good examples). In 2005, with a significant sharing of innovative experiences receiving national and regional recognition, the Center decided to suspend the award cycle and concentrate their efforts in monitoring the experiences awarded. From this point on, we have focused on other areas of study that emerged due to the award. The database of innovative experiences is still available for free online consultation on the CEAPG website.
Social Policy is a historical and core area of CEAPG, especially policies meaning to reduce Brazilian multiple inequalities. Thus, we are specialized in research projects and evaluation of public policies. In 2016, the Center received a grant from the FGV’s Applied Research Fund to create the “M’Boi Urban Research Station”, a platform of information, relationships and organizational links that support and bring together researchers working with urban issues and especially questions of urban vulnerability. The Research Station is concentrated on a very specific territorial area, made up by the poor, densely packed and largely self-built districts of Jardim Ângela, Jardim São Luis, Capão Redondo and surrounding areas in the extreme south-west of São Paulo city with a total population of over a million inhabitants. The mission of the Station is to increase synergies in relation to pressing urban themes both in the exchange of qualitative and quantitative information between researchers and in the potential impact of the results of research for local development. Our current studies include the analysis of micro-vulnerabilities; inter-service coordination and territorial connectivity; youth and cultural movements; people living in areas in risk of flooding and land slippage; socio-economic development and culture; business micro finance; urban agriculture; urban mobility and gender.
During our history, CEAPG had important partners and grant-makers as Ford Foundation, Hewlett Foundation, UNICEF, WWF, European Union, FINEP, Lemann Foundation, Alcoa, Instituto Natura, Instituto Unibanco, Instituto Votorantim, IPAM, Suzano Papel e Celulose, ESBR, Brazilian Forum of Public Security, Federal Council of Psychology, ABDI, Roberto Marinho Foundation, Todos pela Educação, among others.
The CEAPG team, coordinated by Professor Fernando Burgos, currently is constituted by 53 researchers from different areas, not considering the participants from the FGV-EAESP Undergraduate Program in Public Administration. Our ongoing research is organized into three major areas: (a) Vulnerabilities, coordinated by Professor Peter Spink; (b) Education, coordinated by Professor Fernando Abrucio; and (c) Technology and Governments, coordinated by Professor Maria Alexandra Cunha. Our website gives free access to all the material produced by the Center, including more than 50 books and many videos and radio programs.