Archives for April 30th, 2001

FACILITATING LEARNING ORGANIZATIONS: MAKING LEARNING COUNT

Book News, PublicNet: 30 April, 2001

Marsick V J, Watkins K EAddresses the process of creating and maintaining a learning organization. Focuses on the facilitation process, rather than presenting any new models of the learning organization. Approaches three action technologies such as action research, action learning and action science, and partnership between line managers and human resource professionals. Outlines an iterative change cycle-diagnosis, visioning change, building alignment around the vision, framing and implementing collaborative experiments, monitoring outcomes and reframing new experiments. Discusses the use of a diagnostic instrument, dimensions of the learning organization questionnaire (DLOQ) to create conversation in an organization on where to begin a change process. Explores how knowledge is created and managed in organizations, and how facilitators can help an organization create a system of practice for using its knowledge.

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COUNT ME IN CAMPAIGN DRAWS TO A CLOSE

Headlines, PublicNet: 30 April, 2001

Providing the ‘count me in’ campaign has achieved its goal, every householder in the UK will have completed a Census form by today. Responsibility now passes to Royal Mail which is set to handle up to 27 million freepost envelopes through its system. In terms of the amount of mail involved, this is second busiest time to Christmas.The ten year Census will provide a benchmark for social and economic change in Britain over the next decade. It is a vital resource for planners, managers and marketers throughout the private, public and voluntary sectors. The Census produces two billion items of data, which over the next three years will be broken down to provide more detailed analysis for local authorities and business planners who will use the data to build a demographic picture of the UK, evaluate potential markets and locate new offices, factories and distribution centres. Typically around 45 billion pounds of the government’s annual expenditure is determined by information from the Census – around £750 for each man, woman and child in Britain.

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GOVERNMENT SAVES 6.5b POUNDS AS HOUSING BENEFIT CLAIMS FALL

Headlines, PublicNet: 30 April, 2001

A sharp decline in the number of Housing Benefit claimants during the past four years has enabled the Treasury to save around 6.5 billion pounds, compared with the previous government’s spending plans. The savings are largely due to a drop of almost a third in the number of private sector tenants claiming Housing Benefit.Research findings published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation show that the decline has coincided with restrictions placed on claims in 1996. These linked the maximum rent for which benefit can be claimed to local circumstances. They also meant that Housing Benefit became payable in arrears.

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