Welcome to issue 14 of Civil Service Quarterly, which takes as its theme 'Economics in government'. We open with a feature from Treasury economists Henry Shennan and Dominic Muir, who use a series of charts to illustrate the UK productivity challenge.
We asked Home Office data scientist Aimee Murphy what attracted her to the Civil Service and how she is using and developing her skills.
We asked Charlie Boundy, Head of Data Science at the Department for Work & Pensions, about the uses of data and what it’s like to be a government data scientist.
Professor Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer for England, and colleagues Nicole Redhead and Tracy Parker from the Department of Health describe how the UK has worked at home and abroad to galvanise coordinated action against antimicrobial resistance (AMR).
Andrew Goodman, Programme Director for Home Office Digital, looks at how the department is using data analytics to make people’s lives better.
Michel Blancard, a data scientist at the French Government’s Etalab, describes a data-led approach to expanding the use of solar power in France by creating a national register of suitable properties.
Data releases are powering new activity at the Department for the Environment, Food & Rural Affairs and attracting all kinds of users to explore and exploit its potential, as Chief Technology Officer John Seglias explains.
Imogen Fuller, Engagement Manager, Centre of Excellence for Information Sharing, describes how local communities around England are changing the way they share health and social care information, and how this approach is helping to improve services to patients.
A glossary of commonly used terms in data science – a companion to the 'Data in government' edition of Civil Service Quarterly.
Cat Drew, a former Senior Policy Designer at Cabinet Office’s Policy Lab, describes how the lab has applied new data methods to help people manage health conditions and remain in work.
John Pullinger, Head of the Government Statistical Service (GSS), describes the role of GSS in mobilising the power of data to help government make better decisions that improve people’s lives.