Then someone updates HMRC digital team plights troth to wrong Liege and forgets about it ...
... until recently.
You will notice that GDS were trying to measure how digital central government is, department by department. The data they used is repeated below. You won't be surprised which department wins ...
Transactions per year
|HM Revenue and Customs|| |
|Department for Transport|| |
|Home Office|| |
|Department for Work and Pensions|| |
|Department for Business, Innovation and Skills|| |
|Department of Health|| |
|Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs|| |
|Ministry of Justice|| |
|Cabinet Office|| |
|Department of Energy and Climate Change|| |
|Foreign and Commonwealth Office|| |
|Department for Communities and Local Government|| |
|Ministry of Defence|| |
|Department for Education|| |
|Attorney General's Office|| |
|Department for Culture, Media and Sport|| |
|Department for International Development|| |
|* Figures are based on data for high-volume services only|
... yes, the Cabinet Office, which includes GDS, has 100% digital take-up (whatever that means) and 100% data coverage (whatever that means) and it's the winner.
That was 18 months ago. The figures were questionable.
Now, if you look at the services data on the performance platform, you find that GDS have stopped trying to measure digital take-up and data coverage. They list 802 public services and they have data on 571 of them which, between them, notch up 2.38 billion transactions p.a.
Take a look at GDS's data and you see that the 802 public services are divided up, department by department, as follows:
|Department for Business, Innovation & Skills||177|
|Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs||118|
|Department of Health||98|
|Department for Transport||77|
|Department of Energy & Climate Change||67|
|Department for Work and Pensions||48|
|Department for Culture, Media & Sport||43|
|HM Revenue & Customs||34|
|Ministry of Justice||29|
|Foreign & Commonwealth Office||18|
|Department for Education||11|
|Valuation Office Agency||9|
|Department for International Development||3|
|Department for Communities and Local Government||3|
|Ministry of Defence||2|
|Attorney General's Office||2|
|UK Export Finance||1|
Does the Department for Communities and Local Government really offer only three services? And the Ministry of Defence just two?
Again, the figures seem questionable.
GDS keep promising us canonical registers. On which government policy can be based rationally. Their performance platform omits data on the Government Gateway. And it omits data on the Basic Payment Scheme for farmers. And it doesn't look as though GDS can even count public services.
The Office for National Statistics have got a lot of work to do to bring GDS up to speed on data science. Willing enthusiasm isn't enough.
How can GDS be ready to build Government as a Platform?
Tomorrow they're attending – or possibly even hosting – a seminar on blockchain, Blockchain: exploring uses in government. Are they ready for that?