Managing change is a challenge. You can only judge how well you’re doing if you’ve established a baseline, identified targets and then are able to effectively measure the progress you’ve made.
That will be a key issue for the new Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Michael Gove, as we await this autumn’s White Paper. There are high expectations from the public, as well as his parliamentary colleagues, but delivering opportunity to those parts of the country where in the past it has been far too thin on the ground will undoubtedly be a long-term challenge. We will need to be able to assess and evaluate progress over the coming months and years within a framework of shared language and common goals.
The Levelling up Goals launched earlier this year with the Purpose Coalition provides that common architecture - for businesses, civil society and other organisations, including the public sector, who are part of the push on levelling up. From early years through to career progression, from digital connectivity to good health and wellbeing, they cover all the elements that can contribute to a level playing field of opportunity.