Bringing thinktank data out of the bunker

, 29 January 2015

Scientists, and increasingly data journalists, are being asked to publish the data behind their work. What about thinktanks? Petr Bouchal and Gavin Freeguard think they should follow suit.

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Defence secretary Fallon opens new fronts in outsourcing campaign

, 29 January 2015

One of the pillars of this transformation has been the MOD’s evolving relationship with the private sector – both as a purchaser of materiel and services, and through ambitious partnerships with the private sector. And the defence secretary made clear his determination to continue this work, setting out three more partnerships to be completed...

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Guest blog: The Open Data Barometer

, 26 January 2015

Governments worldwide have acknowledged the potential of Open Government Data to reduce corruption, increase transparency, and improve government services. To keep track of progress, and advocate for solutions to challenges, the World Wide Web Foundation (Web Foundation) produces an annual report – the Open Data Barometer. The second edition, released this week, showed slow...

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History matters

, 26 January 2015

The long-delayed Chilcot Inquiry is a recent example of importance placed on history. One of the Inquiry’s main aims is to ‘to identify the lessons that can be learned… ensure that, if we face similar situations in future, the government of the day is best equipped to respond to those situations in the...

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Adverse opinion: the DfE’s struggle with academies

, 23 January 2015

The C&AG’s opinion resulted from the department’s faltering effort to get to grips with the rapidly growing academies sector, for which the department is responsible. At this stage, it will be helpful to go through a bit of context and explanation of how this came about and what it means. The C&AG’s warnings do...

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Who’s accountable for weak accountability?

, 23 January 2015

Even the Treasury now proclaims its enthusiasm for devolution. But weaknesses in transparency and accountability are undermining many localist policies, as a recent Institute for Government event revealed.

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