Richard Pope posted a series of tweets linking to all the outputs from his time as a fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. It’s some of the most sustained thinking and writing on digital government by somebody deeply involved in doing it there is, so since tweets sit at the curious intersection of the ephemeral and the permanent, it seemed worth bringing it all together. What follow are lightly edited versions of those tweets.
Government as a Platform Playbook
In part based on interviews with people from digital service groups around the world. Aims to provides teams building platforms in government with actionable guidance.
Government as a Platform – the hard problems
These are mostly bigger political/policy questions that need political capital to resolve.
Part 2 – The design of services & public policy
Part 3 – Shared components, APIs and the machinery of government
Part 4 – Data infrastructure and registers
1. Cross-government registers, shared components and open APIs
2. Design systems and standards
3. Service standards and other technical standards (and a short article explaining the rationale)
Government as a platform reading list and various other resources
Stand-alone articles and blog posts:
The case for a design archive for digital services
The narrative around “data-sharing” in government needs resetting
Street lighting in suburban London: a parable for digital government
Digital service standards and platforms
Platforms for government? Platforms for society?
Interview with Will Myddelton – UK Government as a Platform programme
Making public policy in the digital age