The Performance Platform exposes a lot of service data to interested parties, both within government and outside of it. We thought it would be interesting to tap into the platform, pluck out individual pieces of data and present them in a different way. Read more
Posts from the ‘Inside Government’ Category
There’s an adage in writing circles known as “kill your darlings”, based on a quote by William Faulkner (“In writing, you must kill all your darlings”). The theory goes that writers should be ruthless about cutting the bits of their work that they love the most, if that’s what the story demands. If you love it, you’re not being objective. If you’re not being objective, it’s likely you’re holding onto it for the wrong reasons and should let it go.
Dropping the words “Inside Government” from GOV.UK, which we quietly did in yesterday’s release, felt a lot like killing one of our darlings.
From time to time, a news event can trigger a high volume of response from the government. It may involve information coming from a number of different departments, for example, or need frequent updates as a situation unfolds.
The challenge here is to help users cut through the volume of content, so they can easily find what they need to know.
So we wanted to share the thoughtful approach that the No10 digital team have taken to covering the recent tragic events in Woolwich on GOV.UK.
I’ve recently been embedded with the Inside Government team to work on understanding user behaviour through data analysis. One of my first tasks was to investigate the way that policies are being used and to identify any interesting or notable conclusions. Here’s an example of the format of a policy:
The content explorer provides a very useful snapshot of how the policy content is performing. But I wanted to dig further down into the data.
Today, the offices of the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister join every ministerial department on the Inside Government section of GOV.UK. Anthony Simon, Downing Street’s head of digital communications explains more.
If you’re familiar with the format of ministerial departments in their new online home on Inside Government, then you’ll probably notice some differences in the way that content for the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister is presented.
Number 10 performs a vital role in communicating news and information about the activity of the Prime Minister, which needs to be reflected online. But it must also acknowledge the rich history of 10 Downing Street, which boasts 275 years as the official residence of each of the UK’s 53 Prime Ministers.
As of this moment, 10 Downing Street, the Deputy PM’s office, all 24 of the UK’s central government departments and its embassies around the world are now sharing a single, joined-up presence on the web at www.gov.uk/government.
Today marks the end of a 6-month transition led by GDS and involving many talented digital teams, policy experts, project managers and content editors across Whitehall to merge these 26 domains (and a few more besides) into one. Together, we have published over 50,000 pages of web content, weeded out 116,000 pages and files, and redirected 275,000 URLs from old sites to their new home on GOV.UK.
It was a herculean task, and everyone who has worked on it deserves to feel immensely proud of themselves.
As well as reaching the end of that journey, today is the beginning of a new era in the relationship between government and the public.
If we’ve done our job right, most people won’t notice quite how big a change has just occurred. But those of us who are close to the project know just how profound it is.
Launch of Department for Education
DfE is the 22nd department to move to the Inside Government section of GOV.UK. The department joins Inside Government with 1,546 publications, 579 news articles, 120 speeches and 15 policies.
With DfE, we have released a new document type, called ‘authored articles’. These are articles published by ministers or officials in the media (for example, Michael Gove’s article in ‘The Daily Telegraph’ about reading). Although this was released to coincide with DfE’s transition, it is something we have long been intending to do and we expect most departments to use it.
DWP is the 21st department to move to the Inside Government section of GOV.UK. It has joined Inside Government with almost 900 publications, 9 new policies, a host of case studies, and detailed guidance on Universal Credit and workplace pensions.