Not the acronym-laden pseudo-services that obfuscate, with names like "hubs" and "portals".
I mean user-led "good services are verbs" services, named with words that anyone can understand
10+ years ago, Dunleavy and Margetts wrote that digital era governance has three main characteristics: reintegration, digitisation, and needs-based holism.
The hardest of these has been needs-based holism. Until now
Across the public sector, small bands of service designers are working to redescribe, in straightforward terms, what their organisations help people to do.
Their work is founded on primary user research, with the people who use and deliver the services
So, if you want to learn what your organisation does, ask to see its list of services. Bonus points if the answer is at a publicly accessible web address
If there isn't yet a list of services covering your area, ask who's working on it, and what help they need to complete and sustain this simple idea whose time has come
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