Archives for April 29th, 2002

TRANSFORMING GOVERNMENT: LESSONS FROM REINVENTION LABORATORIES

Book News, PublicNet: 29 April, 2002

By Patricia W. Ingraham, James R. Thompson and Ronald P. SandersThis insider’s guide reveals the key lessons for managing reform being learned from the US Government’s Reinventing Government program. Leaders will discover that success will be evident not in major, sweeping changes but in a series of small, but important signs. The contributors present strategic issues for change, discussing why the current bureaucratic model of organizing is ill-suited to today’s challenges and identifying what will replace it. They explore the tactics for change in public organizations, examining the repercussions of change for employees, identifying success factors for change, and examining the crucial role leadership plays in successful change. Transforming Government presents a look into the future of public organizations and sage advice on how to implement change effectively to succeed in that future.

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ON LINE SUPPORT FOR CHILDREN IN CARE

Headlines, PublicNet: 29 April, 2002

Children in care will soon have their own CareZone where they can help with the development of a virtual world. The CareZone, which is being developed by the Who Cares? Trust, will be piloted by Birmingham City Council and the London Borough of Hounslow. Some 60 other councils have expressed an interest in delivering the Zone to children in their care. There are some 60,000 children and young people in the UK who are separated from their families and living in residential or foster care.CareZone will include smart card security access and a personalised interactive virtual CareZone environment which will allow them to build relationships with carers and other children and so reduce feelings of isolation. It will also provide secure space where they can digitally store items of personal value. There will also be a contact management service with one to one support, continuous secure online consultation and access to developmentally appropriate education and health information.

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RETAINING STAFF IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT GETTING MORE DIFFICULT

Headlines, PublicNet: 29 April, 2002

The staff retention problem for councils is more widespread than the traditional areas of high employment in London and the South East. A UK wide survey by Publicnet found that councils from the South West of England through to Scotland had difficulty in retaining staff, but other councils in the same areas reported no problems. All councils with problems had career development programmes in place, while those reporting no problems did not. A conclusion that can be drawn from this evidence is that there is a link between concern for career development and being aware of the impact of high staff turnover.The survey showed that 18% of councils are experiencing staff retention difficulties. The situation is most acute in the London boroughs, less severe in councils within a 40 mile radius of London, but with pockets of difficulty in areas with fast rail links into London.

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