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Horizon scanning: helping policy makers in an uncertain world

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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.

No More Head of Household: Lessons from the Electoral Registration Transformation Programme

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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.

Professional value-added volunteering

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Every civil servant now gets five days of special leave a year to volunteer. In this article, Andrea Lee, Deputy Director of Strategy at the Department of Health, shows how government economists and analysts are using their professional skills to volunteer in an impactful way – helping third sector and public sector organisations in need of their particular expertise and experience.

Reforming child maintenance – taking a fresh approach

Supporting separated families and securing children’s futures is a powerful motivator for Ian Wright, Change Director for Child Maintenance at the Department for Work and Pensions, as he helps to deliver a fresh approach to child maintenance. The challenge is …