Departmental Improvement Plans set out what departments will do to ensure the long term health and success of the department. They are designed to be a useful tool to help departments focus on priorities for improvement.
The model is based on ensuring that plans are:
owned by departmental boards
tailored to meet departmental needs but with core elements linked to departmental operational/business plans
Departmental Improvement Plans replaced Capability Reviews which were first developed in 2005 and refreshed in 2009. A pilot exercise was conducted from October 2012 to June 2013 and resulted in the publication of Departmental Improvement Plans for: Department for Communities and Local Government, Department for International Development, Foreign and Commonwealth Office and HM Revenue and Customs.
Since summer 2013, the new model of Departmental Improvement Plans has been rolled out across government. All government departments are expected to publish their Improvement Plans by April 2014 and these will be made available here, along with the plans from departments that participated in the pilot exercise.