Stewart Hamilton

Written 173 posts

Communications and Engagement Officer

Census 2022 – information governance and standards

7th February 2024

Guest blog by Laura Johnstone, Continuous Improvement team, Digital Assurance Office. The Digital Assurance Office have been working with the National Records of Scotland to capture and share some of their experiences from the delivery of the Census Programme. This is the second in a series of case studies. You can read the first case…

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Census 2022 – Approach to Integrated Assurance

31st January 2024

The Technology Assurance Framework (TAF) was introduced to support digital programmes and projects to deliver successful outcomes.  The Framework is intended to improve delivery and ensure that the lessons learned from previous experience are reflected and embedded in future practice.  The Digital Assurance Office are working with organisations who have had assurance through the TAF to share their experiences, which might help others deliver digital projects. 

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Technology Assurance Framework – effective procurement and contract management

23rd January 2024

The Digital Assurance Office (DAO), who administer the Technology Assurance Framework, share the lessons learned from their assurance reviews to support others to deliver.

This blog shares our insights on where projects had to make improvements to undertake successful procurements and deliver effective contract management.

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ScotPayments – £13.5 million milestone reached

18th December 2023

Since launching the minimal viable service in June 2022, we’ve continued to take an agile approach to the development of the platform and adoption of payments, starting small and allowing the service to scale over time. As of December 2023, ScotPayments has now processed over 6000 payments to the value of £13.5 million which will increase at pace as we continue to scale our platform.

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Security Principles – ScotAccount

27th October 2023

Laurie Brown, Digital Information Security Officer within Scottish Government, provides strategic information security direction, assurance and governance across a number of Scottish Government digital public services including the work of the digital identity programme.

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Technology Assurance Framework – what we learned from Digital Standard Assessments in 2022/23  

18th October 2023

In 2022/23 28 Digital Standard Assessments were completed under the Technology Assurance Framework (TAF). The Digital Assurance Office, who administer the TAF, want to share the lessons learned from our assurance reviews. This blog shares our insights on the areas that presented the most challenge to projects going through a Digital Standard Assessment in 2022/23.

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Data Science Accelerator – 6 new projects welcomed

9th October 2023

The Data Science Accelerator is an annual programme that offers public sector analysts the opportunity to develop their data science skills. In September, we welcomed six exciting new projects onto the sixth year of the accelerator in Scotland.

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Technology Assurance Framework – what we learned from Major Digital Project Reviews in 2022/23

4th October 2023

Guest blog by Laura Johnstone, Continuous Improvement team, Digital Assurance Office. In 2022/23 45 Major Digital Project Reviews were completed under the Technology Assurance Framework (TAF). The TAF was introduced to support programmes and projects to deliver successful outcomes. The Framework is intended to improve delivery and ensure that the lessons learned from previous experience…

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Basic Law-Making For Legislative Computer Systems – Part 5

2nd October 2023

So we have systematically rethought how we build state computer systems – but it is important to remember that the context that leads to them includes important actors who are not in the government world. The voters want things, their desires are mediated by the press and think tanks and political parties – things happen in context.

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Basic Law-Making For Legislative Computer Systems – Part 4

25th September 2023

Blog by Scottish Government, Research Fellow, Gordon Guthrie.  Gordon is a Research Fellow at the Scottish Government under the First Minister’s Digital Fellowship Programme. All opinions in this blog are his own and they do not represent Scottish Government policy. This is the fourth of five articles outlining the research of the Blus project – Basic…

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