This is the network for Civil Servants who are interested in supporting Modernisation and Reform.

The Declaration on Government Reform was signed by the Prime Minister and Cabinet Secretary in June 2021 and sets out priorities for reform across the themes of people, performance and partnership. Delivering on these priorities will enable us to realise our new vision for A Modern Civil Service that is even more skilled, innovative and ambitious.

This programme is coordinated by the Modernisation and Reform unit, though other government organisations have their own aligned transformation programmes.

The work of the Modernisation and Reform unit focuses on three areas:

  • Develop: identifying and scoping out new projects and programmes that help to improve how government works and ultimately deliver better outcomes for citizens. Examples of this include the Evaluation Taskforce (now a thriving sister unit to the MRU) and a new Innovation Masterclass which has been successfully piloted and will soon be rolled out at scale across the Civil Service.
  • Deliver: driving progress against reform initiatives – in particular the thirty priority reform actions set out in the Declaration. This includes initiatives such as government campus and curriculum (led by Government Skills and Curriculum Unit), Places for Growth (led by CSHR, Office of Government Property and Government Property Agency) and the Arms Length Bodies reform programme (led by the Public Bodies team). Our CabSec chaired Delivery Board that meets monthly plays an important role in helping us do this.
  • Engage: cross-government engagement activity on reform in partnership with Civil Service communications so that Ministers and 485,000 civil servants know what’s going on and have the opportunity to play their part in making change happen. This means working with every department to tell the story of reform and bring A Modern Civil Service to life. We have also grown a network of 2000+ reform champions to help get the message out and catalyse change. For example reform champions helped to pilot the new Civil Service induction and are currently driving a project to reform the submissions process.