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Justification email template
November 18 to 20, 2019 | Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Subject: Approval to attend the International Design in Government Conference in Rotterdam
Dear [MANAGER’S NAME],
I would like you to approve my attending the International Design in Government Conference in Rotterdam, the Netherlands from 18 to 20 November this year.
In 2017 the UK’s Government Digital Service (GDS) established a community of designers working in, for and with governments around the world. In the two years since then The International Design in Government Community has grown to over 1500 members from 60 countries over the past two years. Its members are designers, user researchers, content designers, and accessibility experts from organisations like the U.S. Digital Service, the Canadian Digital Service, the Finnish Immigration Service, and Australia’s Digital Transformation Agency.
The Conference is being organised by the Dutch Gebruiker Centraal (User Needs First) community—a Dutch knowledge community for professionals working on (online) government services.
The International Design in Government Conference will bring together designers working in and for, governments in various countries. The Conference will cover various topics including service design, user centred design and inclusive design. The Conference theme is share, translate and reuse. The aim is to share knowledge and reusable tools, methods, and patterns that participants will be able to use as soon they arrive home.
This is a great opportunity to learn what other governments have done or doing and share what we’ve done and are doing in [YOUR ORGANISATION]. It’s also an excellent opportunity to showcase the work of [YOUR ORGANISATION].
This is an incredibly valuable opportunity to exchange ideas, create connections, and find opportunities for cross government collaboration with designers working on similar challenges. The event will provide a unique opportunity to develop knowledge and skills that are critical to the success of building the design capability in [YOUR ORGANISATION].
I plan to come back having learned:
- Goal 1:
- Goal 2:
- Goal 3:
The Conference will be attended by around 800 people: user- centred design practitioners and design and digital leaders and managers working in various levels of local and central government as well as in the wider public sector, such as the NHS and Parliament.
- The Conference attendance is free
- Airfare/Travel, including carbon offset: [$ IF APPLICABLE]
- Hotel: [$ IF APPLICABLE]
- Meals (lunch is provided free of charge)
- TOTAL: [$ AMOUNT]
When I return from the Conference I will organise a show and tell to share over what I have learned including the opportunities for knowledge sharing or collaboration that can be pursue.