Innovation and changeYear in review: The top digital government stories of 2018

Year in review: The top digital government stories of 2018

What articles made GovTech Leader’s list of top stories for 2018?

The last year has been another highly eventful one for digital government for a number of reasons, not least continuing austerity and the need to transform services, in terms of customer experience and behind the scenes. Plus, of course, there was the small matter of GDPR to factor in!

Following a busy year, what topped the GovTech Leaders list of top articles? Read on to find out more.

Seven digital government trends to look out for in 2018

Topping the charts of most read stories in 2018 was this prediction piece underlining the seven main digital government trends for the year ahead. How many of those predictions came true and will these trends continue to dominate in 2019?

How Bristol is leading by example

Back in January, we spoke to Barney Smith, Founder of Perform Green, Programme Director for Bristol City Council’s Smart Operations Centre through to launch, and Interim CEO for Bristol is Open until November 2017, about the city’s use of digital technology and its journey to become Britain’s leading smart city.

Female GovTech Leaders 2018 – your top three revealed

A key initiative in 2018 for GovTech Leaders – timed to coincide with our rebrand from Digital by Default – was our Female GovTech Leaders ranking. Our news story revealing the top three following a vote by readers was understandably well read. Click here to see who made it onto the podium.

Q&A: GDPR – an opportunity to build trust

GDPR was a big talking point for the public sector, especially in the first half of the year. Our article about how the new regulation was actually an opportunity was the most read of our numerous stories on the subject.

Nine key digital government messages public sector leaders should understand

Back in July, Eddie Copeland, Director of Government Innovation at Nesta, outlined the key messages that he feels all leadership teams should understand about the enabling role of digital. Our interview with Eddie about his thought-provoking messages proved extremely interesting!

Salford’s Digital You: ‘People don’t care about technology’

At November’s Public Sector Solutions Expo in Manchester, Steven Fry, Head of Customer Service at Salford City Council provided insight into the organisation’s digital inclusion project. Despite being published just three weeks ago, this article has stormed into our top 10, highlighting the importance of digital inclusion to the public sector.

The role of technology in adult social care

Another big talking point for the public sector, especially local government, is adult social care. This article discussing how technology can ease the adult social care burden – both from a service delivery and financial perspective hit the spot.

Ten skills you’ll need to thrive in 2020 

As workplace technology develops, what skills will you need in order to thrive in 2020? Our handy infographic revealed all.

How can the public sector overcome the digital skills barrier?

Earlier this year we ran a series of in-depth articles looking at the barriers to transformation in the public sector. This one covering digital skills was the most popular in the series, highlighting just how big an issue it is for the sector.

Councils awarded funding to create social care of the future

The final article to make it into our top 10 of 2018 is this November story about Nine social care digitisation projects to receive funding from NHS Digital and the Local Government Association. Expect to read more about these projects in 2019!

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