Labour’s vision for a digital state

, 28 November 2014

With the general election in sight, parties need a big idea about the state to capture the imagination of voters. At a recent speech at the Institute to discuss how to make government more effective after 2015, Labour policy co-ordinator Jon Cruddas argued that such visions were what helped Labour back into power after...

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Scottish Cabinet reshuffle: gender trouble?

, 21 November 2014

Nicola Sturgeon has announced her new Cabinet today. Following her selection as Scotland’s first female First Minister, she told the Scottish Parliament that she hoped her presence in the top job would send ‘a strong, positive message to girls and young women – indeed, to all women – across our land’. But...

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Guest blog: Evidence check – are the Department for Education’s policies evidence-based?

, 21 November 2014

In March 2013, the Department for Education published a paper by Dr Ben Goldacre which argued that teachers have the opportunity to “become an evidence based profession”, by using evidence to improve outcomes in education in the same way as in medicine.


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Morale compass points in the right direction: Civil Service engagement in 2014

, 20 November 2014

The Civil Service Engagement score is now 59%, 1 up on 2013. As this incredibly exciting graph shows, the Engagement Index score for the whole Civil Service is 59%, up from 58% in 2013. Although the relatively straight line may not look especially interesting, it is actually quite significant: despite the large staff reductions...

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Taking transparency to taskforce

, 19 November 2014

Yesterday’s launch of the Open Contracting Data Standard marked a significant step in enabling governments to be more transparent about their contracting arrangements of public services. Last week the Institute for Government, in collaboration with the CBI, looked at practical ways to change transparency in contracting from a ‘nice to have’ to the new...

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Special advice: how to make a prime ministerial unit work

, 19 November 2014

The phone rings. It’s the prime minister. You’re being asked to lead a unit to take on the burning issue which Whitehall business-as-usual can’t or won’t solve. What should you do? Our advice is to pause, breathe deeply, and read the Institute for Government’s guide to leading a central government unit. The Special Ones:...

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