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Project Report on Triennial Reviews


Triennial Reviews were created in 2011 in the wake of the Coalition Government’s Public Bodies Reform agenda. They provide a mechanism for the government to continually monitor and control public bodies, offering a means by which to deliver ongoing reform.

Since their creation in 2011 until December 2013 119 individual bodies were announced as under review, and reports have been published in relation to 84 of these individual bodies (some bodies were reviewed jointly, meaning that the number of completed Triennial Reviews is significantly lower than the number of bodies reviewed).

As part of the Shrinking the State Project we have conducted interviews with civil servants, public body representatives and external figures in order to analyse this process. The report below presents the findings of this work. It offers a background to the 2010 reform programme and the subsequent Triennials process, drawing on documentary analysis, meeting observations and interviews to offer a contextual overview of this initiative and an evaluation of the scheme in its first two years.

The report by the Shrinking the State Project can be found if you click here.

For more information on Triennial Reviews and to access published reports see: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/triennial-review-reports

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