Publications

A data-driven analysis of the performance of government
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Published: 28th February 2017
Until recently the Government managed to maintain the quality of public services while controlling spending. But this approach has now run out of steam.
Authors: Nehal Davison, Dr Emily Andrews, Julian McCrae, Adam Boon, Richard Douglas
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Published: 8th February 2017
Despite recent improvements, attempts to better manage public service contracts risk failing.
Authors: Tom Gash
Whitehall's financial management reform
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Published: 7th December 2016
HM Treasury's Financial Management Review has already delivered significant results.
Authors: Julian McCrae, Adam Boon, Josh Harris, George Miller
Digital Government Report
Published: 31st October 2016
Government could save up to £2 billion by 2020 if it gets better at using technology.
Authors: Dr Emily Andrews, Daniel Thornton, Joe Owen, Alex Bleasdale, Gavin Freeguard, Ines Stelk
The 2015 Spending Review
Published: 13th November 2015
It is not obvious that the 2015 Spending Review will allow the Government to, in the Chancellor’s words, ‘deliver more with less’, but it is certainly clear that it intends to manage with less. This report considers the changes that the Government must make if it is to keep its...
Authors: Daniel Thornton, Jonathan Pearson, Dr Emily Andrews
Gender and the Civil Service since 1979
Published: 24th September 2015
This report looks at the experience of women officials in Whitehall since 1979.
Case studies from the 2010-15 parliament
Published: 9th June 2015
This paper is published to accompany our report, Select Committees Under Scrutiny: The impact of parliamentary committee inquiries on government. 
Published: 26th March 2015
Supporting the prime minister, co-ordinating departments and ensuring continued civil service reform.
Authors: Institute for Government
Cross-departmental responsibilities for improving Whitehall
Published: 25th March 2015
The capacity to deliver on promises will be essential for whoever forms the next government. Whitehall must improve how it does things across departments to provide the right support for implementation.
Authors: Julian McCrae, Josh Harris, Dr Emily Andrews
Strengthening Whitehall’s top-level structures and processes
Published: 9th March 2015
This report examines the impact of structural reforms on government effectiveness.
Authors: Tom Gash

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