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Civil service

We look at how the civil service works and ways to make it more effective.

Our research, events and commentary look at what civil servants do to support ministers and oversee public services.

We develop ideas about how the civil service can work better, across the whole of the organisation and in individual departments. We look at the centre of government, the accountability of ministers and civil servants, the leadership role of the cabinet secretary and head of the civil service and the reform programmes that shape the effectiveness of the hundreds of thousands of civil servants across the UK. 

Whitehall Monitor 2024

Our annual, data-driven assessment of the UK civil service – how it has changed and performed, and its priorities for the future.

The front cover of Whitehall Monitor 2024.