Digital transformation is probably the most influential force for organisational change today, challenging 'traditional' organisations to come up with new ways of serving their customers and the public.
We have been publishing our insights on digital transformation since this became a focus for government in recent years.
Our position of being able to look at individual departments in depth, as well as across government as a whole gives us a unique vantage point from which to share our insights of what has worked well and where the more persistent challenges remain.
The reports, guidance and blogs on this page contain highlights of our knowledge of digital transformation.
Our cloud guidance for audit committees builds on our 2019 guidance.
Progress in transforming digital services in the NHS has been slower than expected, and there are technical challenges to resolve.
Our work repeatedly highlights the importance of evidence-based decision-making, and the problems that arise when data is inadequate.
Verify has had many of the failings we often see in major programmes, including optimism bias and failure to set clear objectives.
Opinion and comment
We share 6 of the systemic issues that need to be tackled before a programme even gets underway, using our past reports as illustrations.
A discussion of the issues surrounding the sharing of data across government.
Data helps improve systems and processes, and supports good decision-making. But accessing accurate data is far from easy.
An outline of the issues around implementing cloud services, as covered in our ‘Guidance for audit committees on cloud services'.
Yvonne is our digital transformation expert, focused on assessing the value for money of the implementation of digital change programmes. Yvonne has over 25 years’ experience in IT, business change, digital services and cyber and information assurance, including as CIO in two government departments and senior roles in private sector organisations, including the Prudential and Network Rail.
Jonathan is a digital specialist at the National Audit Office and has over 20 years' experience of assessing digital and technology programmes in the central government sector, including the management of associated technology risk. He is a contributing author to numerous NAO reports including Digital transformation in government, Challenges in using data across government and Digital transformation in the NHS. Prior to joining the NAO he held an assurance role with one of the leading international accountancy and advisory firms.
John is a digital specialist with 25 years' experience of delivering IT enabled business change through programmes and projects. He was a Gateway Review Leader and Gateway Director in the Office of Government Commerce and held senior Programme and Project Management positions in the Education Department. In his 7 years with NAO he has been involved in a range of VFM audits including Nuclear Decommissioning, Emergency Services Network and Smart Meters. He's also worked on Investigations, Financial Audit, and IT Audit.
Daniel is the Executive Director with responsibility for strategy and resources. As part of his portfolio he oversees our digital services, change and information security functions and is our Chief Information Officer and Senior Information Risk Owner (SIRO). He is also the executive sponsor of the NAO’s audit work on digital change and transformation.