Boards are up and running, says Lord Browne: now for the heavy lifting

, 2 February 2015

Boards are working well given the "ragged" world of government, Lord Browne told an audience at the Institute for Government last week – but leaders must work harder on policy implementation, the professions and workforce development.


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Pre-election school tests

, 2 February 2015

Today, David Cameron will promise that the government’s flagship academies programme will be expanded post 2015. Currently, the government can only force schools that have been judged ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted to convert to academy status. But if they win the election the Conservatives want to extend this to schools that ‘require improvement’ to convert....

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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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