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Civil Service Quarterly launched

Civil Service Quarterly opens up the Civil Service to greater collaboration and challenge, showcases excellence and invites discussion.

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Today the Minister for the Cabinet Office, Francis Maude, the Minister for Government Policy, Oliver Letwin, and the Cabinet Secretary, Jeremy Heywood launched Civil Service Quarterly (CSQ) - a new publication that gives civil servants the opportunity to write about the work they do and share their expertise.

In the first edition you can read about design techniques used in GOV.UK, world-leading diplomacy at the UN, innovation in policy making in the Department for Education and a customer service culture at HMRC, data sharing between the Department for Work and Pensions and the Ministry of Justice to improve offenders’ lives, reflections from the Behavioural Insights Team on how “nudges” can be used to promote charitable giving, work on reducing the risks of disasters from the Government Office for Science and economic insight from the Treasury.

CSQ opens up the Civil Service to greater collaboration and challenge, showcases excellence and invites discussion. Anyone can comment on the first edition and articles through the CSQ blog on GOV.UK.

Francis Maude said:

I have always said that at its best the policy advice of the Civil Service is world-class. Civil Service Quarterly demonstrates just how good it can be.

Through our reform agenda we are working to ensure that Britain has an exceptional civil service to help us win the global race.

Jeremy Heywood said:

If the Civil Service is to be truly world-leading we need to be more open - to subject ourselves to external challenge, to collaborate more, learn from experts outside the Civil Service, listen more to the public and front-line staff and respond to new challenges with innovation and boldness. The publication we are piloting today marks another step towards opening up the Civil Service.

Notes to editors

CSQ is a pilot publication. The editorial team can be contacted at

Published 16 July 2013