Best Use of Data, Science, and Technology Award Shortlist

An Innovative Civil Service

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GOV.UK One Login

Cabinet Office

“The future is here – 5/5 stars. Wow. Who knew that with a smartphone and biometric passport it would be so easy (borderline fun) and a futuristic light show thrown in to boot!”

These are not our words, but those of someone who used the new GOV.UK One Login digital identity service. This programme is making life simpler for millions of people across the UK.

The team worked with HMRC to build an app in under six months that has now been downloaded over 2.5 million times and gets 4.5 stars in both app stores.

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IAG Bundle Builder

Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)

The Bundle Builder is an innovative project that has simplified processing times and reduced human error, positively impacting millions of DWP customers across 26 benefits. Following the roll out of the new platform in 2022, the project has saved over £110,000 in licence fees, and since its introduction in 2018, saved over 203,000 working hours, 2,000 trees and 15.8 million sheets of paper. Owners of the Bundle Builder, Intelligent Automation Garage (IAG) make the most of emerging tech. It’s a fast-paced and collaborative workspace, using modern technologies, including Robotic Process Automation, Artificial Intelligence and developing tools to automate certain tasks.

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Ministry of Justice (MoJ)

An MoJ team created Splink, the world’s leading free software for data linkage and deduplication. It’s been downloaded over 7 million times internationally.

From the census and Demographic Index, to the NHS, courts and drug treatment programmes, Splink has been used to improve many of UK government’s most important datasets. The MoJ’s linked datasets have been used both operationally and by academics to unlock insight into MoJ’s key research questions, resulting in significant cost savings and enhanced operational efficiency.

The software has been independently demonstrated to have accuracy and speed equalling and surpassing commercial solutions that can cost over £1m annually.