In this the 17th edition of Civil Service Quarterly, we look at the role of cross-government functions in supporting improvements in the delivery of policy and services. For example, we look at how the Commercial Function helped government tackle the collapse of Carillion; and how collaboration between multiple departments and agencies was critical to the clean-up after the Salisbury nerve agent attack.
A new competition-led approach for creating solutions to some of the defence and security challenges of the 21st century.
Read about the creation of the Geospatial Commission, the new body to help exploit the huge potential of data about location and place to fuel new businesses and better public services.
Mike Biddle of Innovate UK writes about the role of the Governments Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) in increasing spending on research and development to boost economic growth.
Robotics, or robotic process automation, are already in use in government and have the potential to help civil servants work more efficiently and effectively, and in more rewarding roles.
Just over a year after it was launched, a campaign to recruit thousands of new prison officers is close to meeting its objectives ahead of time and under budget. The MoJ's Prison Officer Recruitment Programme Director explains how they did it.
Leader of the House of Commons Andrea Leadsom MP underlines the importance of civil servants having the skills to support ministers on parliamentary business.
How has New Zealand's civil service set about improving capability in policy development and implementation. Andrew Kibblewhite, their Head of Policy Profession, explains.
In the CSQ Interview, Andrea Siodmok describes the work of the Cabinet-Office-based Policy Lab, and its ambition to give cutting-edge support to the 17,000 policy-makers in government.
Tony Meggs, Chief Executive of the Infrastructure and Projects Authority, suggests how we can avoid the pitfalls and improve the probability of successful delivery of government policy.
Welcome to this 16th edition of Civil Service Quarterly, which covers a wide range of subjects, from Brexit preparations to prison officer recruitment, and from avoiding the policy 'Valley of Death' to the use of robotics in government.