It isn’t easy to predict what we’re going to be doing in the future. In this article, Richard Sandford from the Government Office for Science sets out the core principles of Horizon Scanning and the techniques civil servants can use to make the future a less uncertain place.
Articles written by or about the Cabinet Office and the innovative projects it is involved in.
Colin Dingwall, the former Director of the Electoral Registration Transformation Programme, describes the key lessons he and his colleagues learnt delivering this fundamental change to the UK’s Electoral Registration System and what their experience means for other large scale public sector projects.
It’s all too easy to criticise the next generation for not being as hard working or focused. Yet, as Charlotte Roberts from the Youth Policy Team in Cabinet Office highlights in this article, the Government’s National Citizen Service is proof positive that our young people are more passionately committed than ever to making their local communities and wider world a better place.
Sir Jeremy Heywood, Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Civil Service, reviews Who Governs Britain? by Anthony King. In his new book, Anthony King, Millennium Professor of British Government at the University of Essex, seeks to answer a question that has …
In the Civil Service we are constantly trying to improve our performance and the services that we offer to the public. We often use data or research to help measure and improve our own team's or our Department’s performance, but how would we go about measuring the performance of the Civil Service as a whole? The Analysis & Insight team in the Cabinet Office have been exploring this question.
Hannah Rignell, Head of Community Action in the Cabinet Office explains how they have recruited and trained over 6,000 Community Organisers to inspire communities to deliver positive social change through collective action.
Effective collaboration between the Partnerships Team and a range of digital organisations gave over 150,000 young people the chance to learn important digital skills through the ‘Make Things Do Stuff’ project. Tim Scott, Head of Sector, Technology, Telecoms and Media in the Partnerships Team, explains how collaboration with business can add value to government initiatives.
Stefan Czerniawski, Head of Corporate Strategy in Cabinet Office, explains how a user-centred approach is behind the successes of the programme.
In less than 12 months, 97% of Syria’s declared chemical weapons programme has been destroyed. Ben Merrick, Head of Arms Control and Proliferation in the Ministry of Defence, explains how outstanding cross-governmental co-operation made this possible.
Spending money on public services requires tough decisions and a robust understanding of the costs and benefits. Cody Xuereb, Economic Adviser at the Department for Communities and Local Government and Rory Moody, Policy Adviser at the Cabinet Office, explain how a suite of new tools can help.