This week we publish a consolidated proposition for GOV.UK in alpha form. We hope that this will help make it clearer which content and services are in scope for GOV.UK, and which are not.
This post talks about how we put the proposition together, and some of what we learnt along the way.
Updating the GOV.UK proposition
Until now, the proposition for GOV.UK has been expressed in a number of places, and with varying degrees of detail. To be honest, this wasn’t really a great deal of use either to us, or to the hundreds of people across government who use GOV.UK to publish information and services.
So, at the start of the year we set up a cross-government working group to oversee the drafting of an updated proposition statement.
To feed into this, we also held workshops and meetings with organisations across government to explore people's current experience of decision-making on the proposition, and to clarify the needs behind an updated proposition.
It also gave us a chance to talk about broader issues such as areas where we can improve the way that departmental publishers and the GDS GOV.UK team work together.
Getting your views on the GOV.UK vision
As facilitator of the overall process I was struck by people's appetite not just to create a clearer proposition for GOV.UK (ie a statement of what content is and isn’t in scope), but also to help inform and shape the overall vision for GOV.UK.
I’ve fed all the ideas I’ve received to the GOV.UK product team, to take forward as part of their planning.
Next steps on the proposition
We hope the updated proposition will now support the process of everyday decision-making, both in GDS and government organisations, about what should and shouldn’t be published on GOV.UK.
We’ll also be building a set of ‘case law’ examples for edge cases, so we can be sure we’re responding in a consistent manner, and iterating the proposition to introduce new guidance if needed.
We’d encourage you to let us know what’s not clear or is overly ambiguous still. I’d also be very happy to chat about any of this or to answer questions on this blogpost if you’ve got any observations or comments.