Archives for November 25th, 1999

DRIVE TO SMOOTH THE JOIN BETWEEN GOVERNMENT AND VOLUNTARY SECTOR

Headlines, PublicNet: 25 November, 1999

A drive is being launched to encourage more secondments from Government to the voluntary sector. This is part of an overall strategy to foster joined up policy making and delivery.Secondments are an important element in implementing the ‘Compact on Relations Between the Government and the Voluntary Sector’ published in November 1998. There is widespread disappointment that there were only 230 secondments between the civil service and voluntary bodies in the last year. Secondments play a crucial role in the joining up process because they help both sides to build up relationships. They also lead to improved policy development and enhance the design and delivery of services. Without secondments it is difficult to fully appreciate the implications of different forms of accountability in Government and the voluntary sector and to understand the viewpoints of different stakeholders.

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CABINET OFFICE REVIEWS PROPECTS FOR ELECTRONIC SERVICES

Headlines, PublicNet: 25 November, 1999

The Performance & Innovation Unit in the Cabinet Office is to carry out a study to find out which public services could be delivered by electronic means. It is expected that the findings will give a clear view of how technology might be used to deliver world class services. The report will be presented to the Prime Minister by next summer.The study will start with the individual needs of individuals, families and businesses, with the aim of turning government round from focusing on service providers. Delivery methods it will consider include internet access through PCs, interactive Digital TV, mobile phones, games consoles and public access kiosks. It will also look at the respective roles of the public and private sectors. A particular concern will be to bridge the digital gap between the ‘haves’ and the ‘have nots’

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MANAGEMENT DEVELOPMENT IS NOT A VOTE WINNER

Abstracts, PublicNet: 25 November, 1999

Edge JOrganizations & People: Successful Development, (UK), Vol 5 No 4 Start page: 34. No of pages: 2

Argues that management development should be a mandatory requirement for newly elected local government councillors. Contends that members’ current lack of strategic business awareness hinders the development of local authorities and competent management of their resources, although it is not an election issue or vote-winner. Describes the benefits of management development for the creation of a more efficient, cost-effective service

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DELIVERING RESULTS: A NEW MANDATE FOR HUMAN RESOURCE PROFESSIONALS

Book News, PublicNet: 25 November, 1999

Ulrich D (Ed.)Aims to justify the existence of the HR function and to define the changes that it must undergo in order to survive. Suggests that HR must deliver benefits to the organisation and that it should focus on outcomes rather than activities. Measures the HR practitioner against other professionals, such as lawyers, doctors and airline pilots, to highlight the significance of the decisions with which they are faced, and the importance of making the choices. Uses case studies to put the various theories into context.

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