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CDDO’s Autumn of Digital Learning

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The season may change, but our commitment to learning doesn’t, and we’re delighted to share that the Autumn of Digital Learning will continue into the festive period. 

This blog follows my previous blog on events to support digital transformation across government.

As we turn our heads towards the festive period we have the following opportunities lined up: 

The Innovation Masterclass is back 

Due to the popularity of the Innovation Masterclass earlier this year, we’re delighted that the third cross-government cohort of this online course commences on the 5 December 2022. 

The programme, featuring videos and case studies from the world’s leading innovators, breaks down the art of innovation into small steps that you can directly apply to your future projects. You will also learn how to evaluate ideas and pitch solutions. Suggested engagement is just 3-4 hours a week over 3-4 weeks, but you can take longer if you wish. Applications are open to Senior Civil Servants of all professions, and those who are aspiring to become one in the near future.

Here is feedback from one of the participants:

This is the first time I have attended a course on innovation. I have been interested in innovation for a long time, having read an Harvard Business Review book on it. I found the course very liberating and inspiring (the speakers are fantastic, and to hear their experience first hand is great). It gives clear steps to tackle the breadth of aspects to consider when innovating. It is demystifying.

Lunchtime webinar: The Art of the Possible in Data Science 

15 December 2022  1300-1430

Join us for this data science introductory session from the ONS Data Science Campus where you will be able to find out how you can apply data science techniques in your organisation to add value. You will benefit from a brief overview of data science and see the "Art of the Possible'' within the pragmatics and ethics of using data. You will also gain awareness of the different tools and techniques utilised to draw insights from data and practical examples of using these from across government. 

And there’s more!

We have also put together a list of other courses we feel may be of interest to you and anyone who would like to know more about digital, data and technology and innovation: 

  • Senior Civil Servants and those working in grade 6 and 7 roles who have  already completed the Innovation Masterclass Programme are invited to take up the Data Masterclass - please reach out to
  • Agile Awareness Workshop: Covering the fundamental principles and methods of Agile, this course is necessary for anyone who wants to develop an innovative mindset. Be inspired to adopt this approach within your own team, challenging traditional and sometimes inefficient forms of delivery.
  • Debiasing Decision-making in government: We know that user needs should be at the centre of all we do. Learn how to use behavioural insights to counter our cognitive biases and make better calibrated decisions. It’s the next step to better project planning, delivery and policy outcomes.
  • Policy to delivery: a face to face course that focuses on multidisciplinary working that frontloads technical expertise and subject matter expertise; evidence-led policy and service design focusing on citizen-centred design and systems thinking; end-to-end delivery that joins up policy intent to delivery outcomes to assure public value early. Email  for more information.

Reforming and modernising public services to better serve the British public is a key government priority, ensuring we can meet both expectations and needs in the digital age.  We hope these learning events empower this transformation. 

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