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Get involved in Services Week 2021

A person holding a phone showing a Services Week 2021 session

The third annual Services Week will be held from 1–5 March 2021, and we’d like to invite you to get involved in any way that suits you. This time, it will be a remote-first and location-independent edition of the popular event series. Here is how you can engage with it and propose a session.

Taking a community-led approach to the Service Standard and Service Manual

Close-up of a laptop screen showing the website of the GOV.UK Service Manual stating its purpose: Helping teams to create and run great public services that meet the Service Standard.

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.

Transforming the flood service: responding to users

A smartphone in person's hand, displaying the flood information service page on GOV.UK, indicating the current flood warnings in England and Wales.

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.

Transforming the ‘Request a bin’ service at West Berkshire Council

A woman’s hand holding a smartphone with the digital service interface of West Berkshire Council’s Request a bin or recycling container service

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.

Measuring the value of service transformation

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A person pointing at a printed list of services designed as digital by default

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.

In case you missed it: What happened during Services Week 2020

A closeup of a smartphone display showing Services Week, 3–7 February

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.

Does technology outsourcing still have a role in the public sector?

Dr Peter Bishop standing on stage after a talk listening to a question of a member of the audience, holding a microphone

As part of a significant insourcing effort, Birmingham City Council transitioned 350 employees and brought £55m of technology spend under direct council management. In this blog post, the council’s Director for Digital & Customer Services, Dr Peter Bishop, reflects on the changing role of outsourcing.

Help shape Services Week 2020

Three posters announcing Services Week 2020. They say: 3 Feb to 7 Feb; the key to digital transformation is better services; and take part in Services Week 2020

Back in January this year, we ran the first-ever Services Week – a series of cross-government events that looked at how we can work together to deliver end-to-end, user-focused services. From 3 to 7 February 2020, we will run Services Week 2020 and we want you to be a part of it.

How to set up a service community for success – things we’ve learned

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A group of four people standing in front of a wall with service landscape maps on the wall

At GDS we want to help all of government collaborate as effectively as possible on services. One of the ways we’ve been doing this is by establishing work on Service Communities. Here is a step-by-step guide to setting up your Service Community and making it sustainable.