Archives for November 22nd, 2002

POLICY MAKING IN THE GLOBAL COMMONS

Features, PublicNet: 22 November, 2002

By Geoff Mulgan. Reproduced by permission of the Centre for Management and Policy Studies. Governments, from early civilizations onwards, have looked across frontiers for ideas about how to govern better. This global trade in policy reached new heights in recent years. From the perspective of Director of the Strategy Unit in the Cabinet Office, Geoff Mulgan looks at the global trade and other drivers of policy innovation including what works in practice and comparisons between organizations.



PRIMARY CARE PLAN SETS OUT DAUNTING MANAGEMENT CHALLENGE

Headlines, PublicNet: 22 November, 2002

The three year primary care plan, Liberating the Talents, launched by Health Minister John Hutton, sets out a vision of a totally reformed service. Delivery of the plan will require managers at all levels to set about changing the culture and to re-think the way things are done now. The essence of the plan is about removing frontiers between health and social services and particularly between professional groups within primary health care.The plan describes the one service approach to ensure that organizational and professional boundaries do not get in the way of delivering a patient centred service. It envisages professionals being brought together in multi agency teams to provide integrated services. It calls for a questioning of professional and organizational boundaries. It also urges that frontline health staff should be involved in Local Strategic Partnerships.

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WATCHDOG CALLS FOR WIDER BENEFIT FROM INVESTMENT

Headlines, PublicNet: 22 November, 2002

The National Audit Office is concerned that the taxpayer is not getting sufficient benefit from projects funded by the Treasury’s Invest to Save budget. Some 88 million pounds has been allocated to projects to deliver improvements in health, education, transport and tackling crime. A similar amount is being spent on delivering local improvements in public service delivery mainly through better use of IT. The projects span across central departments, local government, health authorities, voluntary bodies and the police.The projects are expected to deliver two pounds for every pound spent, either in terms of improved services or increased efficiency. The NAO is concerned that project sponsors are taking a narrow view of benefit and not recognizing that publishing findings about what worked and what did not work would bring substantial benefits to the wider public sector. Key lessons that would bring external value to the projects include the way innovative activities have been managed and the need for all those involved with a project to have the same agreed objectives. Failure to share this information raises the risk of duplication of effort and additional costs.

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