The public face of the Civil Service: Creating a professional operational delivery workforce

Operational Delivery is the Civil Service’s largest profession. In this article, James Bishop sets out the innovative work now taking place to help the profession’s 280,000 members learn new skills, progress their careers and ensure the Civil Service has the right operational capabilities for times of crisis and beyond.

The Spending Review in 1,000 words

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The Chancellor announced the outcome of the Spending Review on 25 November, following months of work by officials and ministers across government. It marks the next phase in the Government’s plans for this Parliament, building on its manifesto commitments. It will be rounded off with the publication of departments’ business plans (Single Departmental Plans) in January.

Improving public sector efficiency to deliver a smarter state

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Stephen Aldridge, Director for Analysis and Data, Angus Hawkins, Assistant Economist, and Cody Xuereb, Economic Adviser, from the Department for Communities and Local Government, write about the Public Sector Efficiency Group’s focus on improving the understanding of public sector efficiency across departments, looking at the trends in and drivers of efficiency and evidence of the scope for improving desired outcomes further.

Finding out what works in preventing reoffending

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If you run a rehabilitation programme for people who have committed criminal offences, how do you decide whether it is successful? It seems a simple question, but suppose that you are an organisation with limited resources, working with a specific group of individuals. How can you find the data to compare them to a similar group who have not been through your programme? How can you be confident that the results are not down to chance? In this article, Mark Purver and Helen Williams, from the Ministry of Justice, describe how the Justice Data Lab can provide the necessary expertise to help these organisations measure their success.

Professional value-added volunteering

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Every civil servant now gets five days of special leave a year to volunteer. In this article, Andrea Lee, Deputy Director of Strategy at the Department of Health, shows how government economists and analysts are using their professional skills to volunteer in an impactful way – helping third sector and public sector organisations in need of their particular expertise and experience.

Understanding costs to unlock opportunities

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How do we build a ‘smarter state’, alongside delivering £20 billion worth of consolidation measures? David Allen, Director of Public Spending at HM Treasury and Deputy Head of the Finance Function, and Johannes Wolff, Deputy Director, explain how HM Government Finance is helping the Civil Service rise to the challenge, developing a new way to break down departmental silos, unlock opportunities and put financial management at the heart of decision making.