A discussion paper on emerging trends
2nd October 2013
In 2011, our report 'Policy Making in the Real World' examined previous efforts to improve policy making across four areas: processes, qualities, structures, and politics.
Briefing note for the Conservative Party Conference
Peter Riddell
30th September 2013
Preparing to Govern for Lasting Change
23rd September 2013
19th September 2013
This paper describes the development of legislation for the Civil Service in the UK.
A 2012 Global Ranking of Soft Power
6th September 2013
This paper reports the results of the third IfG-Monocle Soft Power Index, the data for which was collected at the end of 2012. The resulting rankings of the third index were published in December 2012 in Monocle Magazine, but this paper represents the corresponding Institute publication, which discusses the methodological issues of the index in greater depth.
Akash Paun, Pepita Barlow
4th September 2013
As part of its civil service reform agenda, the government has outlined measures to strengthen civil service accountability to Parliament.
Accounting Officers in Central Government
3rd September 2013
This paper discusses the evolution of the accounting officer role and its modern function in government.
Annual commentary and analysis on the size, shape and performance of Whitehall
Justine Stephen, Petr Bouchal, David Bull
29th August 2013
This report aims to build a systematic framework for thinking about the effectiveness of Whitehall. It focuses on the three elements needed to judge effectiveness: the resources Whitehall has available to it (inputs), what it does with them (outputs) and whether it achieves its goals (outcomes).
Professionalising government’s approach to commissioning and market stewardship
Tom Gash, Nehal Panchamia, Sam Sims, Louisa Hotson
18th July 2013
This report explores government’s design and oversight of public service markets in employment services (the Work Programme), secondary education, care for older people and probation services. It examines why levels of effectiveness vary and identifies opportunities for improvement. It provides recommendations for how the government can professionalise its approach to commissioning and overseeing public service markets and identifies specific priorities for reform in each sector.


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