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What we're working on: 10 March 2017

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This is a list of what we’ve been working on since the last update on 27 February 2017, and what we plan to do next. As usual we’ve divided the work up into lists of what we’ve been doing to keep GOV.UK running, and what we’re doing to make it better.

Running and supporting GOV.UK

To keep GOV.UK accurate, available and secure, to support government publishers and to meet the most pressing needs of end users, we’ve:

  • fixed an issue with the filters not working for the Asylum Support Decisions finder
  • continued planning and drafting content changes across GOV.UK for the start of the new financial year in April
  • worked with Valuation Office Agency (VOA) on user journeys into new business rates services
  • published the UK Digital Strategy and the Spring Budget in HTML
  • collaborated with HMRC and DWP on the 2 child Tax Credits and Universal Credit policy that comes into force in April

Improving GOV.UK

To improve GOV.UK in relation to the missions on our roadmap, we’ve:

  • published 2 new outcomes for getting married in Philippines (opposite sex and same sex) and 2 new outcomes published for getting married in France (opposite sex and same sex)
  • been getting ready for ConCon5, the cross-government content conference on 15 March, which will be 3 times larger what we've done before
  • ran an initial course training content folks to train others to write clear, user-focused content- we're iterating based on feedback and will offer it to the content community from April
  • migrated Local Transactions, Guides, Simple Smart Answers and Completed Transactions to the new publishing platform
  • focused on the Content Performance Manager ‘taxon’ filter, so the tool can filter out and examine how content in different parts of the single subject taxonomy are performing
  • done user research on the 2nd phase of content improvements for people starting a business
  • reworked content from the business support finder and republished it in a new finder through specialist publisher - this is to support format migration and transfer ownership of the tool to Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
  • completed the first phase of improvements to Personal Tax Account user journeys
  • started showing new navigation patterns for education content to 1 in 10 people who arrive at GOV.UK

Things we plan to do next

In the next 2 to 3 weeks we expect to:

  • finish migrating Mainstream formats to the new publishing platform
  • work with the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) to improve user journeys into their application services for registered design, patents and trademarks
  • Iterate navigation patterns based on what we learn from showing new navigation patterns for education content to 1 in 10 people who arrive at GOV.UK
  • create a 'draft state' for new topics in the taxonomy so that we can create new branches of the taxonomy now education is live

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