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Whitehall targets digital mapping tool development

Neil Merrett Published 15 March 2017

Opportunity being sought through DOS framework seeks to allow civil servants to better understand and plan for cross departmental projects and transformation


Whitehall is seeking expertise to help develop a digital mapping tool focused on allowing civil servants to track government transformation programmes in order to launch later this year.

According to an opportunity available through the Digital Outcomes and Specialists (DOS) framework, experience is being sought to develop a solution that will allow departments to see how their own programmes may relate or impact other work undertaken in government with a view to avoid duplication of work and effort.

With the project currently classed as being in discovery phase, applications are being sought through DOS to have a service that can be launched in public beta from June in order to allow better understanding of projects and where challenges or issues may be addressed.

“Ministers cannot see how their department has to work with other departments to achieve their priorities. This leads to resourcing being improperly allocated across the department,” the document noted.

“The Treasury cannot plan cross government programmes as [the department] cannot not see how these programmes fit into wider government transformation.”

The closing date for applications has been set for Monday March 27.  The contract is then intended to run for two months as part of work undertaken for the Transformation Peer Group (TPG) made up of senior departmental figures and representatives of the Government Digital Service (GDS).  The TPG was established to assist departments with sharing practice and expertise to better collaborate on transformation projects that extend beyond departmental boundaries.

The supplier chosen to develop the mapping tool is required to demonstrate experience of designing over five services that have made use of data to provide additional insight.  Other requirements include more than five years of professional experience working to tight deadlines and successful examples of developing back-end technologies, databases and application programme interfaces (APIs).

Skills classed as “nice to have” for potential applicants include experience of working on at least one project delivering services for internal government use.

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