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Changes to the way we do spot checks

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We’ve just started our third round of GOV.UK content spot checks and we’ve made some changes to the way we do it.

In the first 2 rounds of spot checks we only reviewed content published by government departments. For the third round we’ll:

  • also look at content published by agencies
  • focus on the most viewed and most important content
  • send spot checks more regularly to give timely feedback

We want to provide the best possible experience for users, and help government publishers meet users' needs.

To do this, GDS content designers regularly spot check GOV.UK content to make sure it’s written to style and follows content and publishing guidance.

We send the spot check report to the person who last published the content item and the single point of contact (SPOC) for their department or agency. The SPOC should pass the report to the people responsible for writing the content.

You can read more about how we write spot checks in the Support for government publishers manual.

We’ll publish an overview of the spot check round when it’s completed - approximately once every 3 months.

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  1. Comment by Andrew Robertson posted on

    Have you considered doing spot checks on mainstream content and sharing that with departments and agencies?

    Could any additional value be made by reviewing feedex anonymous comments and searches from the page, suggesting there are bigger problems that need addressing than just style?