The Cabinet Office and Government Digital Service (GDS) have published the Government Transformation Strategy 2017 to 2020.

You should go and check out the full document on GOV.UK, it makes for coherent and sage reading.

The strategy is written in GDS's inimitable style - with clear statements as to how the Government will "transform the relationship between citizens and the state" and "make government itself a digital organisation", as well as detail on successes so far.

Objectives not only cover the continued development of world class digital services, but also:

  • growing the right people, skills and culture
  • building better workplace tools processes and governance
  • making better use of data
  • creating shared platforms to speed up transformation

Each section in the document ends with a list of clear priorities up to 2020, and the strategy also includes detail on expectations for government beyond 2020.

In a foreword, Ben Gummer MP, Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General, writes:

The imperative is to change...and to do so at pace and at scale. This is the meaning of transformation. It is in essence a change of working, of culture and of disposition - changes that are made possible by digital technology.

That technology is not change itself; it enables the change that is so transformative.

Since its foundation in 2011, GDS has attracted much praise for its 'Digital by Default' strategy, the concept of 'Government as a Platform', and its work on service design such as GOV.UK Verify.

In 2015, Mike Bracken, the leader of GDS since its inception, moved to Co-op along with some other former GDS colleagues, becoming Chief Digital Officer and implementing a similar programme of change.

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Ben Davis

Published 9 February, 2017 by Ben Davis @ Econsultancy

Ben Davis is Editor at Econsultancy. He lives in Manchester, England. You can contact him at, follow at @herrhuld or connect via LinkedIn.

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