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What do you need to thrive in your job?

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We’ve talked extensively on this blog about what we found in our ground-breaking report on reforming policymaking in the UK. It now time to take action and we need your help.

We’re working with organisations across the UK government to create the environment that people who make public policies and services need to excel in their jobs. We need you to tell us what those things are and to help us put them in place.

Building momentum for change

In 2020, the Policy Design Community partnered with the Policy Profession which supports the UK’s 30,000 policymakers. We worked together with hundreds of policymakers to ask how we might deliver better outcomes for citizens. Our recommendations were welcomed by the government and a real sense of momentum has begun to build up…

  • Policy Profession now sponsors the Policy Design community, which has grown rapidly
  • We launched this blog and it is now Policy Profession’s most popular content
  • The official standards for policy professionals have been refreshed and now include user centred design, systems thinking, behavioural science, multidisciplinary working, experimental design, and joining up policy and delivery
  • Monthly meet ups for policy design leaders from across central and local government
  • Community of practice events for policy design practitioners across the UK government
  • Working groups led by practitioners developing… a multidisciplinary policy design course, role descriptions and standards for policy design, work experience for new policy designers
  • Piloting a new collective intelligence platform to drive evidence-led policymaking
  • Building the biggest policy design hub across government
  • Policy profession has funded a new transformation team to work with government organisations on creating the conditions for success that drive better outcomes for citizens.

Commitment from the top

 Our transformation work is supported at the highest levels of the UK’s government.

Led by Tamara Finkelstein, Permanent Secretary of Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, the Policy Profession brings together a board of senior departmental heads of Policy Profession from across government to focus on the continued development of policymakers, the improvement of policymaking, and to support us all in strengthening our identity and supporting us to do the best policy work we can.

Jonathan Mills, Director General Labour Market Policy and Implementation at Department for Work and Pensions, and the Senior Responsible Owner for our transformation work, wants to ensure that we add value by bringing in the expertise and experience that is found right across government.

Now it’s your turn to get involved

We want to work with people who make public policies and services to co-create a working environment that you can thrive in - and to work together as a community to improve it.  We want you to be at the centre of that change now and through 2022. Here are some ways that you can get involved…

  • Complete our anonymous 5 minute survey about whether you’ve got what you need to thrive in your job
  • Take part in a 90 minute workshop on making government a better place to work for policymakers, by registering at our 9th December workshop or 10th December workshop
  • Join our innovative collective intelligence network of policymakers to debate what’s most important by registering here
  • Collaborate with us – either as an individual or with your team – on building the conditions for success for great policymaking in your work place, by contacting us at

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We use this blog to talk about the work of the multidisciplinary policy design community. We share stories about our work, the thinking behind it and what policymaking might look like in the future. If you would like to read more, then please sign-up for updates. Join the conversation by commenting below.

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  1. Comment by john mortimer posted on

    This looks like it is moving in the right direction, and in collaboration, with various disciplines together. Now that's something new for central gov!
    Well done.
    I would like to add that it would. be important to recognise the often narrow focus that nations have when being innovative. I work with the public sector in Sweden and they, and other similar countries, are also working in this direction. I am sure you are able to share and learn from them as well as creating our own work.


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