The original research has been shared in many ways and evolved into new work in dozens of organisations and institutions.
Interest in the work was so high that the Local Government Association created a national steering group involving the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives and the Public sector People Management Association.
The steering group aimed to support the implementation of 21st century public servant approaches across councils. This has now been expanded to include civil service, NHS employers, fire and police national bodies.
A national conference on the 21st Century Public Servant was run by the LGA in spring 2018, at which over a 100 councils came to share how they had been using the work and to learn from others.
The steering group has developed a national kitemark scheme, which will recognise a council as being a 21st Century Public Servant employer. The LGA also commissioned a creative writer to develop stories about how to embed 21st Century Public Servant principles in frontline work, leading to a publication: Walk Tall: Being a 21st Century Public Servant.
Some organisations have developed other resources to support how the ideas are used.
- A 360 degree feedback tool officers (developed by a consultancy, the Madison Group) and for councillors (developed by North West Employers.
- A set of playing cards to stimulate different ways of thinking within organisations. Although designed to supplement our presentations, we received so many requests to buy the packs that we have made them available for sale via our partner Podnosh.
- Several high profile, national leadership development programmes are based directly on the concepts from the research:
- Public Health England funded development for Aspiring Directors of Public Health (a good practice case study in an NHS Improvement report in 2018).
- National Graduate Development Programme funded by LGA
- Total Leadership programme, aimed at those aspiring to become local government leaders, delivered by SOLACE and UoB.
- A precursor to the NLGN report on how local government remains a relavant employer Outside the Box.
The Department of Culture Media and Sport highlighted the Twenty First Century Public Servant as a case study in its Enabling Social Action report.