Corporate report

Foreign and Commonwealth Office 2014 Departmental Improvement Plan

This Departmental Improvement Plan sets out what is intended to deliver the long term health and success of the department.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government


Foreign and Commonwealth Office 2014 Improvement Plan

This file may not be suitable for users of assistive technology. Request an accessible format.

If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader) and need a version of this document in a more accessible format, please email . Please tell us what format you need. It will help us if you say what assistive technology you use.


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
  • annually assessed

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.

Further information

Follow the Foreign Office on twitter @foreignoffice

Follow the Foreign Office on facebook and Google+

Media enquiries

Published 21 July 2014