Corporate report

MOD Departmental Improvement Plan

This plan outlines what the Ministry of Defence will do to ensure the long term health and success of the department.

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



The MOD Departmental Improvement Plan is based around the 4 critical themes of organisational effectiveness:

  • performance
  • efficiency and innovation
  • capability
  • strategic risk and leadership of change

This plan gives the current context for the department and an assessment against the 4 themes. It examines where we need to go next, and the improvements that the department needs to make to get there.

The model is based on ensuring that plans are:

  • owned by departmental boards
  • tailored to meet departmental needs but with common core themes
  • linked to departmental operational/business plans
  • assessed annually

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 improvement plans for 4 departments in 2013. The ‘Civil Service Reform Plan: one year on’ document, published in 2013, reiterated that the new model would be rolled out across government to support all departments to publish their Improvement Plans by April 2014.

Find out more information about departmental improvement plans.

Published 27 March 2014