Archives for August 4th, 2000

BEYOND SYSTEMS: HRM AUDITS IN PUBLIC SECTOR

Abstracts, PublicNet: 4 August, 2000

Nutley SHuman Resource Management Journal, (UK), 2000 Vol 10 No 2

Start page: 21. No of pages: 18

Reviews the systems used to audit human resource management in UK public sector organizations – systems audit, compliance audit, performance audit, user satisfaction audit, value-added audit and strategic HRM audit. Identifies the most prevalent approach as being Investors in People approach, which is used to assess training and development activities, and is essentially a systems and compliance audit. Focuses on systems and compliance audits, assessing their benefits and limitations by looking at systems audits in three National Health Service trusts. Sets out the advantages and disadvantages of all six types of audit, concluding that the best approach involves a hybrid the nature of which depends on the overall purpose of the audit. However, underlines the need for more research into whether human resource management audit will result in improved performance.

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NEW RESEARCH INTO RURAL SERVICES

Headlines, PublicNet: 4 August, 2000

The Countryside Agency will use GIS technology to manipulate data from the most comprehensive and detailed survey of rural services it has ever undertaken. Until now it has been working on survey material from 1997, which built a picture of rural social exclusion, with 70% of rural parishes having no general store, 83% no GP and 75% with no daily bus service.The Rural Services Survey 2000 will update and expand this information to ensure that planning and funding can be targeted with pin-point accuracy to the rural areas most in need. Data collection will be in two parts. A postal survey will be request information from community, parish and local councils this autumn, to add to a new database on services that include GPs, hospitals, banks and post offices. The data will be fed into Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to show service provision at virtually any scale from settlement level to parish, district, county, region and national level.

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SHARING WATER DATA TAPS INTO SAVINGS

Headlines, PublicNet: 4 August, 2000

A new cross-sector initiative to share information on water use is set to trim useful savings off public service budgets.The Buying Agency (TBA) is behind the Watermark project, set up with funding from the Government’s Invest to Save Budget.

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