Background to the guide

Central government is organised into departments that plan and deliver their own objectives. We have defined cross‑government working as where more than one department or arm’s-length body from different parts of government work together to achieve a shared outcome.

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This guide aims to support policy and delivery professionals across government who are responsible for delivering projects, programmes or policies where more than one department has a role during their development or delivery. It aims to support leaders and practitioners.

Scope of guide

The guide draws out themes to consider for effective cross‑government working. It covers:

  • What good looks like
  • Common pitfalls
  • Questions to consider
  • Further resources.

In addition to the guide we have published a lessons learned on the subject which will also be of interest.