Archives for April 19th, 2000

HELP FOR PARENTS AND TEENAGERS

Headlines, PublicNet: 19 April, 2000

Teenagers and their parents will benefit from a 3m pound Home Office fund for family support. The programme was launched last year with grants to 26 organisations. A further 16 organisations are being brought into the 2000/01 programme.The grants vary from 14,000 to 50,000 pounds with the exception of 1.3m pounds for 3 years which goes to Parentline Plus to fund the national helpline which is also supported by BT.

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REDTAPE SURVIVES FIRST ONSLAUGHT

Headlines, PublicNet: 19 April, 2000

Politicians and most voters believe that if the burden of bureaucracy could be lifted from the public sector there would be major gains in efficiency. Bureaucracy is usually interpreted as form filling and given the all embracing title of ‘red tape’. Because of this firmly held conviction a Public Sector Team was set up in the Cabinet Office in November 1999 and charged with the task of reducing red tape so that public sector workers can spend more time on what they are good at: serving the public and delivering quality services.Following a six week study of police paperwork, which included talking to front line officers and a telephone survey of the 43 police forces in England and Wales, the team has delivered its first report. Their most important finding is that filling out Prisoner Escort Records every time a prisoner enter police custody is not worthwhile, because few prisoners move from one place to another. Getting rid of this record will save the equivalent of 90 police officers per year. They also found scope for simplifying procedures for processing case files and recommended scrapping six forms. Savings for theses measure have not been quantified.

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MANAGING KNOWLEDGE – BUILDING BLOCK FOR SUCCESS

Book News, PublicNet: 19 April, 2000

Gilbert Probst and Kai RomhartKnowledge management is one of the most important and discussed issues in business today. It concerns how you identify a crucial but under-used strategic asses present within all organisation and exploit it to maximum advantage. This book takes an innovative ‘building blocks’ approach to knowledge management. The authors present a straightforward framework of knowledge-related management processes and analyse each component separately, thus providing a practical and structured tool for assessing the entire range of knowledge-related activities in an organisation. The sound methodology and focus they develop helps readers identify and make sense of the complexities surrounding knowledge management, and begin to chart a path forward.

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