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The Capability Review Programme

Launched in 2006, the Capability Reviews Programme is part of the wider Civil Service reform agenda and is designed to 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’s 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 and

  • 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 a model of capability and identify the department’s progress and next steps.

Each review is:

  • carried out by a team of external reviewers assembled specifically for the department under review

  • supported by the Capability Reviews Team from the Cabinet Office.

Reviewers have been drawn from senior leaders across the public, private and voluntary sectors.

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