The Capability Review Programme

The Capability Review Programme is part of the wider Civil Service reform agenda. It will lead to a Civil Service which is better at delivering public services. The aims of the reviews are to:

  • improve the capability of the Civil Service to meet today‚Äôs delivery objectives and be ready for the challenges of tomorrow
  • assure the public and ministers that the Civil Service leadership is equipped to develop and deliver departmental strategies
  • help departments act on long-term key development areas and therefore provide assurance on future delivery.

The reviews provide an assessment of capability for departments against the model and identify the department's next steps and progress.

Each review has been:

  • carried out by a team of external reviewers assembled specifically for the department under review
  • supported by the Capability Review Team from the Cabinet Office.

Reviewers have been drawn from senior leaders across the public, private and third sector.

The Capability Review Team regularly reviews progress and supports departments to make sure they are on track to deliver their objectives.

The Cabinet Secretary published an updated Capability Review model in July 2009. This refreshed model is more delivery-focused and makes the Capability Review process even more relevant in the current environment.

Latest news - 14 December 2009

These reports outline the progress made by the HM Treasury and HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) since their performance was first assessed in 2007.  Baseline reviews of the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) were undertaken to ensure they are keeping pace with the changes in the wider Civil Service.

The Cabinet Office has also published "Capability Reviews: An overview of progress and next steps" which highlights where the Civil Service has improved and where the challenges for improving capability lie.

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