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What's the secret behind effective policymaking?

7 November 2016

A new resource from the Centre for Public Impact rates the effectiveness of policy initiatives from around the world. Mark Smulian reports

Interview: Richard Heaton, Ministry of Justice permanent secretary and Civil Service Race Champion

7 November 2016

As well as leading the Ministry of Justice through a time of immense challenge and change, Richard Heaton is also busy trying to break down the barriers holding back black and minority ethnic...

Interview: Louis Taylor, UK Export Finance CEO on Brexit risks, engaging staff and striking a deal with the Treasury on pay

28 October 2016

After a career in finance that included a stint in the former battlegrounds of South East Asia, UK Export Finance chief executive Louis Taylor faces challenges on a new front: supporting UK...

Interview: Civil service transgender ambassador Jacqui Gavin – "The civil service has changed a hell of a lot in the last 10 years"

12 October 2016

Jacqui Gavin tells Jonathan Owen about her role as chair of a:gender, the civil service’s support network for staff who are transgender, and rates Whitehall’s progress on...

How can civil servants overcome the barriers to working with colleagues from other departments?

11 October 2016

As departments work hard to deliver reforms and savings, how can they ensure opportunities for connecting are identified and exploited? That was the question put before participants at a recent...

Civil service social mobility: meet the people trying to smash Whitehall's "class ceiling"

11 October 2016

As the civil service tries to put meat on the bones of its social mobility strategy, Matt Foster meets the people trying to make the organisation more welcoming to staff from working...

Sir Suma Chakrabarti interview – the former MoJ perm sec on flexible working, Brexit – and why Whitehall must "up its game" on diversity

10 October 2016

Sir Suma Chakrabarti did more than most to bring the civil service into the 21st century. Now that he’s president of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development,...

How can cloud technology change the way government works?

6 October 2016

Once a traditional reluctance to share data has been overcome, the use of cloud technology can radically change how Whitehall operates. Colin Marrs listened in as some of the civil...

“History repeats itself” – ex-Treasury boss Nick Macpherson on why institutional memory matters

30 September 2016

While most departments closed their historical services many years ago, a few are building new ways to bring past expertise to their policy-making. Suzannah Brecknell speaks to key figures...