Archives for January 20th, 2004

MEETING THE COLLABORATION CHALLENGE

Book News, PublicNet: 20 January, 2004

This video explains how strategic alliances can be developed between nonprofit organizations and businesses. It chronicles five successful collaborations that will help readers assess their organizations readiness for collaboration, identify what they have to offer to private sector organizations, begin to identify organizations they might partner with, and take the first steps toward successful collaboration.Produced by the Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management and published by Jossey-Bass. ISBN: 0-7879-6253-8. 50 US dollars. More information from http://wbns.wiley.com/cgi-bin9/DM/y/eWD50GQV5n0Xh0BR1A0AA

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STUDY QUESTIONS DEMOCRACY OF PARTNERSHIPS

Headlines, PublicNet: 20 January, 2004

A new study has questioned the democratic credentials of partnerships. It says while many of them go to great lengths to consult, their decision making processes are often closed. The study – ‘Performing or Conforming? Strengthening the Governance of Partnerships’ – by the University of Birmingham’s Institute of Local Government Studies, analysed 26 partnerships in detail.The report’s authors, Chris Skelcher, Mike Smith and Navdeep Mathur, interviewed almost 50 board members, managers and civil servants. Their findings, reported by the partnership support body, Ourpartnership.org, include suggestions of practical ways to improve local accountability.

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NEW GUIDELINES FOR SCHEME THAT AIMS TO BOOST IT SKILLS

Headlines, PublicNet: 20 January, 2004

The Government has published guidelines on Home Computing Initiatives to help businesses and public sector organisations take advantage of an annual tax exemption on loaned equipment. The scheme, introduced by the Chancellor in 1999 allows employers to lend computers to their staff as a tax-free benefit.The guidelines produced by the DTI, in association with DfES and the Cabinet Office, contain more information about how the scheme can benefit organisations and employees. They have advice on how to get started and a set of technical implementation guidelines approved by the Inland Revenue and others, as well as case studies from organisations that have implemented HCI schemes.

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