SLIDA was instrumental in conceptualizing and implementing DS system in 1992. The SLIDA Director at that time Mr. Somasunderem worked very closely with the Presidential Secretariat and provided the necessary conceptual inputs to establish DS offices throughout the country. Once the DS offices were established, there was a need to orient the staff attached to DS offices on their roles and responsibilities. SLIDA designed a one month comprehensive training program and trained all the staff attached to the DS offices on a residential basis. There were a number of documents relating to the functions of DS offices developed by SLIDA. This program was coordinated by Mr. Gammampila Addl. Director and Mr. Jayasundera Senior Consultant with the assistance of all the faculty members at that time. Since the DS system in Sri Lanka was established with strong support from SLIDA, it continues to operate even today with some modifications.
When the provincial Council system was introduced in Sri Lanka in 1987, there was a strong need to enhance the capacities of the human resources attached to each Provincial Council. SLIDA assisted the Provincial Councils to train their trainers by conducting a number of Training of Trainers (TOT) programs. SLIDA also provided its Consultants to conduct capacity development programs.
SLIDA used to receive foreign students from Asia as well as African countries for its Diploma in Public Management (DPM) and Diploma in Public Finance Management (DPFM) during 1980s and 1990s as a result of international links. SLIDA had links with ODA, UNDP, ADB, JICA, Thamasek Foundation, INTAN, and Staff College in Masoori India. These relationships helped SLIDA to develop its faculty by way of providing capacity development programs.
With the assistance of the Monesh University in Australia, SLIDA designed a horizontal level coordination program to train divisional level politicians and administrators to solve their practical issues. SLIDA has successfully completed 18 programs.
SLIDA has developed various IT systems to enhance the citizen services of the country since 1993. Following are the major developments SLIDA offered to the Public Sector Organizations.