The guidance documents below form the first two stages of machinery of government changes: developing and assessing options, and due diligence. The guidance is designed to provide a general overview to the process and set out the main lines of thinking to inform high quality policy advice on such issues.

This guidance does not offer a prescription of what needs to happen, but sets out key steps that are likely to be taken over the process of reviewing machinery of government arrangements. As machinery of government changes differ in scale and speed, the process for making changes needs to remain flexible.

In the process of developing options you will likely need to consult one or both of the following sections: system-design for shared problems and/or organisational forms.

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