There’s partnership working…and then there’s data sharing!

, 13 June 2013

Has data sharing become the Health and Safety of the modern era? Schools, employers and youth organisations were reporting virtual paralysis because health and safety legislation prevented people from doing almost everything – or so we were led to believe. Now it is the Data Protection Act that is apparently the problem. Of course,...

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Revolution in a teacup? Why ministers should choose permanent secretaries

, 11 June 2013

Our proposals, which are based on analysis of all the literature, including that available to the CSC; extensive interviews with those involved including current and past Chairs of the CSC; the available quantitative evidence; and experience from other countries, are well thought through, and have the benefit of an evidence base. Ministers of all...

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5 days – or longer – in May 2015

, 30 May 2013

No one has the faintest idea what the election result will be in 2015 but we could easily have another hung parliament – and the experience of 2010 will influence the expectations and behaviour of politicians, the media and the markets. Andrew Adonis, a Labour negotiator in 2010, has always maintained that a Lab/Lib...

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Churchill, alcohol and government records: why our national archives matter

, 23 May 2013

The National Archives have today shed more light on the UK’s sometimes murky intelligence history with the release of further files from the FCO’s Permanent Under-Secretary’s Department (PUSD) and from the files of the Cabinet Secretary. The latest releases include juicy stories on the bugging of Edward VIII, an excellent account of a drunken...

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Payment by results: ‘soft outcomes’ and the needs of funders

, 23 May 2013

One of the themes that emerged during our first workshop at the IfG was the tension between ‘soft outcomes’ and the needs of funders. While colleagues from the Civil Service can appreciate the needs of service users are hard to measure, they do need the reassurance that they are spending public money appropriately. This...

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Open plan Civil Service?

, 22 May 2013

Property moves seeing smaller departments leave their current homes and squeeze into the buildings of bigger departments have already been widely publicised, including DCMS having moved in with HM Revenue and Customs and DCLG preparing to join the Home Office. What is largely unreported however is the effect of such moves on the morale...

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