What is future ways of working and why is it important? Jack Collier, Head of Digital for School Services, talks to Adaobi Ifeachor about designing office spaces now that we return to work, and how this impacts culture as well as diversity and inclusion.
What does it mean to be a Black digital and technology expert in government? Adaobi Ifeachor speaks to Virginia Brown, a Black Content Design Lead, Courtney Allen, a Black Associate Product Manager and Keisha Herbert, a Black Senior User Researcher, to learn about their journeys into the Civil Service.
The last year has showed us that we need to change how we lead digital in our organisation. We’ve rearranged what we do into 5 areas of work and we’ve created a new role – Head of Digital. James Reeve explains more in this post.
Application forms and personal statements are not always the easiest things to do online. Here we explain how users' different accessibility needs have opened up this popular application service to a much wider audience.
In our second post on service line mapping in the further education sector, Magda Bober explains the user research approach - local, immersive, and in 2 contrasting geographic locations. She also talks about how the findings are shaping policy.
As the number of our services grows, so does the need for clear DfE-specific guidance for our service teams. We've been developing a DfE Service Manual to meet that need. Here we talk about our alpha and what we've learned so far.
We teamed up with CodeUntapped to run a fantastic hackathon. Our hackers were challenged to explore ways to improve one of our live services. Karen Ferdinand kicked off the event and here she blogs about the winners, the solutions and what happened next.
Our Manchester office is becoming a really important centre of expertise in digital delivery and transformation. Jack Collier explains how what he and his team do in the North West, and with teams across the country, is a crucial part of our aspiration to provide a world class education for every child.
Service owners play an integral role here in DfE where we focus on making things better for our users. Strengthening our community of service owners is important to us. Here we explain why that is, what the service owner role itself entails and the benefits and challenges service owners face.
Most of the time Jessie Ferguson is a senior user researcher but she also volunteers to assess services built by government teams. Jessie explains the benefits of being a service assessor and what this volunteering opportunity entails.