Archives for March 2nd, 2005

CONSULTATION BEGINS ON THE FUTURE OF THE VOLUNTARY SECTOR

Headlines, PublicNet: 2 March, 2005

Thousands of community groups, voluntary organisations and charities in England are being asked for their views on the issues that affect them. The National Council for Voluntary Organisations has launched a consultation on its strategy papers and plans to produce a report on the outcome later this year.The process was launched in London but will also see special sessions around the country in the next two months as well as questionnaires going to the NCVO’s 3,700 members and being made available online.

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ICT TRAINING OPENS NEW FUTURE FOR LIBRARY STAFF

Headlines, PublicNet: 2 March, 2005

Public library staff across the UK have been given ICT training and are using new skills to improve library services, according to a study by the Tavistock Institute. It looks at the impact of the training on all 40,000 staff.The twenty million pound training programme has been carried out as part of the People’s Network, the national project set up to link all 4,200 public libraries to the Internet. The Tavistock Institute study says this has led to what it calls ‘a paradigm shift for public libraries’ driven by the introduction of new technology.

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E IS FOR EFFICIENCY – AN ANALYSIS OF THE ICT CONTRIBUTION TO EFFICIENCY REVIEW

Abstracts, PublicNet: 2 March, 2005

This briefing from The Society of IT Management on the Efficiency Review highlights the opportunity it presents for local authority ICT functions. It highlights the links between the efficiency programme and the ongoing e-government programme. Gershon recognises that there has been significant investment right across the public sector in the implementation of new ways of delivering information and services including 675 million pounds in the Local Government Online programme in England, the Modernising Government Fund in Scotland, and local authorities’ own e-government programmes.The Efficiency Review is now looking for some return on that investment, and suggests that councils and their partners should make more effective use of their technology investments to deliver efficiency gains. Gains can be re-invested in the organisation to deliver further efficiencies, whilst maintaining or improving service quality. Exploitation of the potential of new information and communication technologies is seen as key to delivery of the whole programme.

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