Archives for December 10th, 2003

MEASURING E-GOVERNMENT BENEFITS

Book News, PublicNet: 10 December, 2003

E-government has the potential to improve greatly the delivery of public services, making them easier to access, more convenient to use, more responsive and more transparent. It also has the potential to free up resources in the public sector by delivering services more efficiently. Because of the risks involved it is important to be clear about the benefits from investment.This document will help government departments and other public sector bodies to think about these benefits: how they can quantify them; how they will realise them; and how they will identify the associated risks when they are developing their business cases. It shows the process for developing a business case and focuses on identifying possible options for an e-government project.

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IT SPENDING BY COUNCILS SET TO RISE FURTHER

Headlines, PublicNet: 10 December, 2003

The amount of money local authorities are spending on IT is set to rise by a quarter to just under two and a half billion pounds, according to the latest figures from Socitm – the Society of Information Technology Management – in its IT trends survey, High Stakes High Returns.The study shows councils are planning to invest heavily in Information and Communication Technology as part of their programmes to modernise services and as they make progress on e-government. The forecast increase in authorities’ spending in this area is in complete contrast to other non-government sectors where spending is flat at best.

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STUDY CRITICISES THRESHOLD SCHEME FOR TEACHERS’ PAY

Headlines, PublicNet: 10 December, 2003

A Government scheme to assess pay awards to experienced teachers by measuring whether or not they have met performance targets is criticised in a research report published today. The study also found that teachers see the system as insulting to their professional ethics.The study, sponsored by the Economic and Social Research Council, was led by Professor Pat Mahony, of the University of Surrey at Roehampton. It uncovered strong emotional reactions to the Government’s threshold assessment system for teachers’ remuneration, ranging from anger and cynicism to feelings of vulnerability and exposure.Professor Mahony said concern had been expressed that the increased focus on targets was having a negative impact on teacher creativity and on how students were valued.

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