In January of this year, Graham wrote a blog post about GOV.UK organisation types. He outlined the 3 types of page available to groups of people below the level of the organisation (but not meeting the criteria for high profile groups): policy advisory groups, teams and governance groups.
These formats have worked reasonably well for central government departments. However, with the arrival of agencies and arms length bodies we need to model a much wider range of groups: panels, committees, auditors, monitors, steering groups, programme boards, councils and units - to name just a few.
To meet this need quickly, we’ve defined a minimum viable product: remove the ‘Policy Advisory Group’ label from (you guessed it) the Policy Advisory Group (PAG) page and replace ‘policy advisory groups’ with ‘groups’ in the URL and the admin pages.
You’ll see these changes tomorrow.
Instead of a page that defines its content very narrowly, the new Groups template can handle any type of group (although the same guidance applies: don’t create a group page when it’s sufficient just for the documents produced by these groups to be listed).
Use the title and/or summary to tell users what type of group they are looking at.
Existing PAGs will be redirected to their new ‘/groups’ URLs (and if you need to create a new policy advisory group, please use the Group template). We will also merge teams into the Group template.
We chose to start with the PAG template because it has a summary field and supports uploading attachments - unlike the team page. Longer term, we’d like to build on this work by adding image upload functionality and optional tagging for policy, topic and organisation.