Hacking organograms: unlocking government data

Friday, July 28, 2017 - 09:30

This event will run from 09:30 – 17:30

Government departments are required to publish organograms, which contain vital information about departments and their civil servants (like grades, salaries and professions), every six months.

But publication has been patchy – only two departments have published all their organograms. One reason for that is departments not seeing the value of the data contained within them.

For this hack day, we are asking you to help us unlock the value of these organograms. We’ve collected all the published data for major departments for you to visualise or build something that shows how departments could better use organograms.

The day will start at 09:30, with lunch available from 13:00, and a show and tell of what people have done from 17:00. We’ll move onto a pub for drinks afterwards.

Some suggested challenges include using the organograms to:

  • Trace the line of accountability for a specific public service
  • Calculate the tenure and turnover in senior leadership positions
  • Understand departmental grade and professional structure.

Places are extremely limited. Please contact Candice McKenzie, events@instituteforgovernment.org.uk, to request a place and use the same email address if you have any questions about this event. Please apply for a place by Friday 14 July. If you are unsuccessful, the data is available download from our website