Being an assessor is one of the most rewarding ways to learn about the services in government, how teams solve difficult challenges and lessons you can apply to your own work. Design assessor Laurence Berry shares what is involved and how to best support service teams.
The Service Standard and Manual have been around since 2013 and continuously evolved since then. In summer 2020, a new team started taking things into a new direction. In this blog post, they share what they have learned in recent months and why the future is community-led.
Service assessments ensure that a digital service is meeting the points of the Service Standard. But there have been times when services have not met the standard. That doesn’t mean failure. This blog post discusses the opportunities and support available for service teams.
As part of service assessments, teams are asked to give an overview of the service they have developed and walk the assessor panel through the user journey. In this blog post, senior interaction designer Vicky Teinaki shares how to prepare a compelling service demo.
Making a map doesn’t have to be hard. There are lots of different ways to map a service but there’s no one right way or one best map use. Clara Greo, service designer and design training lead, outlines 5 steps to get you started.
Over the past few years, the team behind the flood information service have made their offering more user-centred by designing it end-to-end, front-to-back, and for every channel. In this blog post, senior user researcher Silvia Grant shares what the service transformation looked like.
To redesign its Request a bin service end-to-end, a West Berkshire Council team worked with three departments, the waste contractor and a digital supplier. This blog post describes how strong collaboration led to measurable outcomes and benefits for citizens and government.
In recent weeks, we have seen a surge in government activity needing services to be launched at very short notice. So we created a condensed version of service assessments to make sure services are still secure, resilient and accessible, focusing on the riskiest factors to launch.
For years, GDS has been measuring and showing what good service transformation looks like. In a recent piece of work, we collaborated with individual service teams in several government organisations to identify and document the value of their digital transformation work.
The Standards Assurance Service Team at the Government Digital Service has adapted to running service assessments remotely. Here is our advice on how to make sure the remote service assessment works well.
From 3–7 February, the second edition of Services Week took place across all levels of UK government. It included more than 85 events. This blog post recaps the week through a selection of social media posts.