Transforming Government Through Digital and Technology

As part of our ongoing series of roundtable discussions, Civil Service World and Sopra Steria, are hosting a roundtable on transforming government through digital and technology.

In February 2017, the government published its ambitious transformation strategy. Shortly after, the head of the Government Digital Service, Kevin Cunnington, told Civil Service World that officials had made great progress through government's previous digital strategy, and were now ready to tackle reforms which had been too challenging just a few years ago. "We are taking on a harder job, and trying to do it more effectively,” he said.

Officials are moving onto the next stage of this transformation journey at a time when resources and capacity are being stretched like never before. The tasks of delivering Brexit and supporting an incoming government make it harder, but all the more important, for leaders to maintain progress towards digital transformation.

Acknowledging both the challenges which departments face, and the urgency of transforming services, this roundtable will explore:

What reforms must the civil service prioritise to transform the delivery of public services under the incoming government?

We will also discuss:

 • What can be done to rapidly build the necessary digital skills and capabilities?
 • Where are the opportunities for collaboration and joint-working across government?
 • What can leaders do to encourage a culture of creativity and innovation?
 • Where can we secure early wins in transformation programmes?
 • How can ambitions for data driven policy and service redesign be realised?

Our discussion will be informed by the results of the third annual Government Digital Trends Survey, carried out by Dods Research and Sopra Steria. We asked civil servants for their views about the impact of the digital transformation agenda on government and the enablers and blockers to successful implementation. The findings enable us to explore some of the consistent trends and emerging challenges which leaders should consider as they prioritise their resources.

If you have any questions or are interested in attending this discussion, please contact us by emailing or call 0207 593 5664.​

Thursday, 15 June, 2017 - 12:30 to 14:30
Westminster, London
United Kingdom

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