Last autumn, I was part of a small team of volunteers from the Department for Education (DfE), HMRC and the Department for International Development (DfID) who spent some time working with the Systems Unit in the Cabinet Office. We wanted to explore what systems leadership meant.
We believe that systems thinking should be at the heart of policy design and delivery. We think it can generate policy that is easier to deliver, better value for money and improved outcomes for the public.This requires both strong leadership and strong systems leadership.
I decided to hold a very light-touch seminar to one method of systems for some of my team, the Systems Unit and some colleagues from the Government Office for Science.
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