Register your interest: get the keys to digital transformation at two exclusive GGF workshops

By on 01/04/2022 | Updated on 01/04/2022
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Global Government Forum is bringing together senior digital leaders from across the world to share best practice on digital transformation and help address common challenges.

After exclusive research revealed the barriers to digital transformation, Global Government Forum is hosting a series of workshops on how the overcome them.

Convened by Kevin Cunnington, the former director general, Government Digital Service in the United Kingdom, these sessions will provide a unique forum for senior public and civil servants to share their challenges – and solutions – to unlock digital transformation.

The first, on vision and planning, which took place in March, looked at how governments should set out their plans for digital transformation to ensure that transformation has the powers, resources and buy-in they need, and the two upcoming sessions will examine key elements needed to make reform happen – people and skills and digital identity.

If you are a national and federal public servant working as national digital leaders, departmental heads of digital, data and IT, and heads of the digital profession, you can register to attend these sessions to get unrivalled insight into how to overcome challenges faced by governments across the globe.

People and skills

Wednesday 27 April 2022 (Online)

Attended by senior officials from a range of governments, this session will look at how to build career pathways, strengthen skills and boost capacity. Many governments have created central digital teams to drive progress and support departments in recent years, and the development of in-house digital delivery teams has helped governments to shift away from the discredited model of buying technology from big IT firms.

To improve governments’ digital delivery capabilities, however, further action is required to strengthen skills and boost capacity, and this workshop will explore the development of cross-government digital and data professions, discussing the structures, systems and powers required to introduce coherent workforce management.

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Digital identity

Wednesday 18 May 2022

This tightly focused events for digital leaders will bring together senior officials  to learn about digital ID systems – which GGF research has identified as the key factor in how governments should be shaping their digital strategies.

Where a national ID system exists, governments have the job of linking this national database to a system of online identity verification to better join up services. The core task of finding a single source of truth about individual citizens, which can then be used to link together services across government – has already been accomplished by the digital ID system, but to realise the full potential of their digital ID systems, civil service leaders must consider issues such as how to build cross-departmental service access portals, sign up public service ‘clients’, and make the offer attractive to citizens.

For those countries without an existing national ID system, the challenge is far greater, with the need to develop the core capability to then build the systems that are needed. Different countries are at various stages of development in this field, and there are enormous opportunities for digital leaders to learn from one another’s experiences.

To meet the needs of these two distinct groups, GGF will be running parallel events on digital ID: one for those with an existing national ID system, and one for those without. In each case, the events will set out the options facing digital leaders, and explore the experiences and perspectives of those most advanced in grappling with these thorny but crucial issues.

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About Richard Johnstone

Richard Johnstone is the executive editor of Global Government Forum, where he helps to produce editorial analysis and insight for the title’s audience of public servants around the world. Before joining GGF, he spent nearly five years at UK-based title Civil Service World, latterly as acting editor, and has worked in public policy journalism throughout his career.

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