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The plan is based around the following critical themes of organisational effectiveness:
efficiency and innovation
strategic risk and leadership of change
This plan sets out where the department is, where it needs to get to, and the improvements that the department needs to make to get there.
Departmental Improvement Plans replace Capability Reviews which were first developed in 2005 and refreshed in 2009.
The Civil Service Reform Plan, which was published in 2012, stated that the new model would be developed and piloted in 2012 to 2013 before being rolled out across Whitehall. The model is based on ensuring that plans are owned by departmental boards; tailored to meet departmental needs with core themes linked to departmental business plans; and annually assessed.
The Department for Communities and Local Government participated in the pilot exercise and is therefore one of the first departments to produce a plan. Once the pilot exercise is complete, the Departmental Improvement Plan model will be revised before it is rolled out across government. All departments are expected to have a published plan by April 2014.