Government analysis function launches first-ever awards

Civil servants are invited to put themselves forward for five categories, including impact and communication
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Civil service analysis teams have been invited to put forward their best work for recognition in the first-ever Analysis in Government Awards.

The awards, which have been set up this year to celebrate the achievements of the analysis function, opened for nominations this week.

Awards are up for grabs in five categories, including methods, impact and collaboration.

A communication award will recognise "clear and successful presentation and distribution of analysis," either to the public or to other officials, using methods such as commentary, visualisations, interactive materials and social media.

And the fifth category, investment in people, recognises "achievements in the development of our people and the building of an inclusive culture across the analysis function".

"We are delighted to be launching the first Analysis in Government Awards to recognise and celebrate the excellent work being done across the government analytical profession. We welcome nominations which reflect the range of work completed by analysts across government," a nomination form for the inaugural awards says.

The government analysis function was set up in 2018 with a goal “to support decision making [as] collectively the expertise of 15,000 scientists, engineers and analysts can have a greater impact than the sum of their parts”.

Announcing the awards this week, the function said: "In 2020, our work has never been more important. We have put world-class, innovative analysis in the hands of decision-makers in order to answer government’s most important questions at pace."

Nominations can be for work related to coronavirus or another area of policy entirely. The announcement promised to "treat both equally in the judging process".

Teams can submit any project completed between 1 October 2019 and 30 September 2020 for consideration.

Entries close on 15 November.

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