It was only ten years ago that a single, central, body was given the authority to co-ordinate strategy to ensure national security. Darragh McElroy charts the creation of the National Security Council and describes the main challenges it faces today.
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Emma Lindsell and Isobel Stephen describe how bringing funding arrangements for UK research together under a single body, UK Research and Innovation, will enhance excellence and effectiveness in a field where the nation’s reputation is already high.
Mark Cheeseman, Deputy Director of the Counter Fraud Centre of Expertise in Cabinet Office, writes that in its professionalisation of counter fraud in the public sector, the UK is establishing itself as a world leader.
Shevaun Haviland, Deputy Director of the Government’s Business Partnerships Team, explains how building long-term partnerships between business and government can help us to tackle the UK’s biggest social and economic challenges, and create a fairer, more inclusive, society.
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.
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’.