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Social challenges come in all shapes and sizes; they do not observe the division of responsibilities among bureaux and departments, and any innovative and effective solution to our social challenges would likely require cross-bureaux and inter-departmental efforts and co-operation. To formulate innovative policy responses that would effectively address the identified challenges, the Government needs to examine the challenges at hand from a holistic and strategic perspective. The Policy Innovation and Co-ordination Office (“PICO”) will provide dedicated research support which transcends conventional institutional boundaries. To ensure the quality and practicality of the recommendations of the research, and hence their policy impact, PICO will engage the relevant policy bureaux closely in the selection of research topics and formulation of the study scope, collection of information, discussion of policy options, formulation of implementation plan and evaluation of results.