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What we are doing to increase equity in the GDS design team

A small group of woman with different darker skin tones participating in a cross-government workshop, working with coloured sticky notes

The GDS design team is not equitable enough. This means some people face more barriers than others in the workplace because of their characteristics or the groups they are a part of. We want to do better. In this blog post, we are sharing what we are doing to increase equity in the team.

What a demographics survey told us about the diversity of our design team

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A hand of a person with light skin holding a smartphone showing an online survey; its headline says: ‘Demographics of the GDS design team’

The GDS design team aims to reflect the diversity of the society it serves. We conducted a demographics survey to see how well the design team represents the population of London before taking the next steps of improving the equity of the team.

What it’s like to run a gov design jam

A small of group of people working together during the Gov Jam, in focus: two young women of different ethnicities, one holding a LEGO figure, coloured sticky notes are behind them on the wall

End of October, public servants from multiple government organisations co-organised Gov Jams in Blackpool, Leeds and London. The hackathon-like events were part of a global event series that took place in 26 cities internationally. In this blog post, 3 organisers share how it worked, what it was like, and how to get involved.

User-centred design in local government: where it’s at

Announcement graphic for Local #govdesign Day on 25 November 2019 at Birmingham Council House from 11 to 5 o’clock; supported by Birmingham City Council

Many local councils all across the UK are increasing their design, user research, and content design capability. Designers and design-minded people are improving the public services provided by Local Authorities. We are running a Local #govdesign Day to bring these people together and showcase their work.