The study will examine Defra’s approach to addressing its problems with legacy digital services.
Digital service delivery
Central government and departments now believe that delivering public services digitally could save billions of pounds annually and make the services better and more flexible for customers. 'Delivering services digitally' means much more than using websites to access services. Each step of the service process needs to take advantage of ways technology can replace manual processes, and information from various sources can be used to inform decision-making. Government needs to be able to get and make use of more comprehensive information, organisations need to work together, and systems have to be able to respond to changes in the needs and behaviours of both customers and staff, and ever changing technologies.
As well as all the wider issues to be addressed when transforming public services, delivering services digitally means managing specific challenges and risks, from integrating legacy IT systems to protecting service continuity and avoiding cyber crime. Achieving such a scale of change takes new skills and new ways of thinking, leadership, careful governance and risk management, and an ability to share lessons across government.
Key NAO publications:
- Digital Transformation in Government (Mar 2017)
- Protecting information across government (Sep 2016)
- Identity Assurance Programme (Dec 2014)
- Managing the risks of legacy ICT to public service delivery (Sep 2013)
- Digital Britain 2: Putting users at the heart of government's digital services (Mar 2013)
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28 Oct 2021
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21 Jul 2021
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9 Dec 2020
This report considers what the Superfast Broadband Programme has delivered and the lessons for government’s roll-out of nationwide gigabit broadband.
16 Oct 2020
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15 May 2020
Outlining cloud services and their use in government, this guide suggests questions to ask at planning, implementation and management stages.
24 Apr 2019
An investigation into Verify, the government’s identity verification platform. It examines its performance, costs and benefits.
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