Archives for May 3rd, 2001

RE-INVENTING YOUR BOARD: A STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE TO IMPLEMENTING POLICY GOVERNANCE

Book News, PublicNet: 3 May, 2001

By John Carver and Miriam Mayhew CarverThe authors illustrate effective board decision making, show how to craft useful policies, and offer practical advice on such matters as setting the agenda, monitoring CEO performance, defining the board role, and more. Step-by-step instructions and sample policies make this a valuable resource for boards in the public and nonprofit sectors.

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INNOVATION NOT AUTOMATION IS WAY FORWARD FOR E-GOVERNMENT

Headlines, PublicNet: 3 May, 2001

E-Envoy Andrew Pinder has called on all those involved in ICT / IS in the public sector to think creatively about the delivery of services and ensure maximum benefit for the citizen. E-Government will change the way that citizens interact with Government. To get the best out of new technology means innovation, and not just automating what is there already. This innovation has to start within Government and extend to the relationship between Government and citizen.Technology allows services to be packaged in quite different ways to those based on paper systems and large and inflexible mainframe computers. Andrew Pinder urged that services be packaged in a tailored, customer focused fashion so that the businessperson or citizen is offered real benefits by transacting online, and as a consequence comes back to use more and more online services. He visualizes information age services blurring boundaries between layers of Government, departments, sectors and nations and developments being taken forward in partnership with the private sector.

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LOCAL PUBLIC SERVICE AGREEMENTS SIGNED UP

Headlines, PublicNet: 3 May, 2001

The final three agreements between local councils and the Government to deliver an agreed set of services have now been signed. The twenty councils taking part in the pilot scheme are now committed to a package of performance targets for the next three years. In return for this commitment they will each receive a one million pound incentive payment and, if successful, a special cash boost. They will also benefit from an easing of red tape, particularly the requirement to provide detailed plans. It is planned to roll out local agreements with more councils over the next two years.The targets set by councils all have a direct impact on local communities. They include education, health, transport, waste management as well as initiatives to tackle drug abuse among young people, dealing with abandoned vehicles, neighbour nuisance and strategies to reduce the number of deaths on the roads. All the 20 agreements include partnership working to tackle cross-cutting issues.

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