Major Dom Prtak examines how the MOD is tackling the problem of measuring effectiveness in Defence, an area we all hope will never be tested in earnest.
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A decade since the UK Government's Behavioural Insights Team became the first in the world dedicated to applying behavioural science to public policy, BIT CEO David Halpern identifies the policy ‘unicorns’ – the successful ‘nudges’ prompted by behavioural insights.
As the organisation's champion for Diversity and Inclusion, Melanie Dawes looks at progress towards a truly inclusive Civil Service, introduces two civil servants from underrepresented groups who describe their experience, and pinpoints five ways in which we can all help to turn ambition into reality.
Nick Smallwood, who as CEO of the Infrastructure and Projects Authority oversees the Government Major Projects Portfolio, writes that where projects fail there are shared features to learn from and apply those learnings to future projects.
Anthony Smith, Westminster Foundation for Democracy CEO, looks at how the WFD, the UK Government’s democracy-support agency for developing countries, is responding to the main challenges to democracy today.
Matthew Coats, Director General, EU Exit Implementation, looks in detail at the wide-ranging Civil Service preparations for the UK's withdrawal from the EU, including in the event of there being ‘no deal’.
As Government Actuary Martin Clarke explains, experts in his department make a vital contribution to issues ranging from the cost of pensions, to amounts paid out in personal injury claims, and planning financial assistance for those affected by natural disasters.
Tamsin Growney describes the depth and breadth of work required to ready Defra for EU Exit, and how this has influenced the way the department sees itself operating in the future.
Dame Sue Owen, retiring DCMS Permanent Secretary, talks about the guiding principles of her career and about what has changed - and, in some cases, stayed the same - over the course of it.
Twenty years after the creation of devolved administrations in Scotland and Wales, and the establishment of a new Northern Ireland Assembly, Welsh Government Permanent Secretary Shan Morgan sets out 10 things she has learned about devolution.