Archives for February 2nd, 2000

SOMERSET PREPARES FOR JOINING UP

Headlines, PublicNet: 2 February, 2000

Somerset County Council is getting ready for joined up working with other public sector bodies. A data network is being installed with a capability for expansion to include health and hospital trusts, further education establishments and other public agencies.The initial installation will link county council offices and departments, including schools, libraries and museums on 101 sites. It is due for completion by June. The 4.3m pound wide area data network, which is being supplied by Cable and Wireless, will use wireless technology to link 76 of the buildings. The remaining 25 buildings will be linked by cable. It is estimated that savings from using wireless in preference to cable will amount to some 1.6m pounds over 5 years. This will be the biggest single wireless network in the UK to date.

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REVIEWS TO LEVER CULTURE CHANGE

Headlines, PublicNet: 2 February, 2000

The Treasury has launched cross cutting reviews to support a culture change towards partnership working. The recent report from the Performance and Innovation Unit ‘Wiring It Up – Accountability and Incentives for Joined Up Government’, see Publicnet 18 January 2000, was extremely critical of the Whitehall culture which has made little progress towards joint working. The reviews, which will be completed by the summer, are part of the Comprehensive Spending Review. Similar reviews last year resulted in new approaches including the national Drugs Strategy and the Sure Start Programme, but there were too few of them to effect any cultural change.Each review will focus on an issue which may involve a number of departments and service providers in local government and the private and voluntary sectors. Review teams have a lead Minister and draw on expertise from outside Whitehall. They must consult with service users.

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POLICY TRANSFER AND BRITISH PUBLIC POLICY

Book News, PublicNet: 2 February, 2000

David P Dolowitz, Rob Hulme, Mike Nellis and Fiona O’NealOver the past twenty years the British State has undergone fundamental transformations in most areas of public policy, particularly those associated with social policy – welfare, health, education, and law and order. The purpose of this book is to develop and use a model of policy transfer to illustrate how many of the recent changes in British public policy can be traced directly to the process of policy transfer, particularly policy transfer between the United States and Britain.

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