Archives for April 22nd, 2005

COUNCILS PAVE WAY FOR ONLINE CAMPAIGNERS

Headlines, PublicNet: 22 April, 2005

Supporters of issues as diverse as safety improvements to a local road, the need to work with businesses to control waste, stricter conditions for the control of strip clubs and opposition to identity cards are all making use of the latest high-tech tool to support local democracy – electronic petitions.The e-petitioner system was originally developed by the International Teledemocracy Centre at Napier University in Edinburgh and BT Scotland for the use of the Scottish Parliament. People in Scotland have been able to submit petitions online since March 2000. Two local authorities – Bristol City Council and the Royal Borough of Kingston on Thames – became the first to trial the system in autumn last year.

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SECTOR LEARNING VALUE OF QUALITY IMPROVEMENT SYSTEMS

Headlines, PublicNet: 22 April, 2005

Research published today shows that introducing a quality improvement system increases the efficiency and effectiveness of voluntary organisations. It can also develop the organisation and its staff, according to the study commissioned by Charities Evaluation Services and the National Council for Voluntary Organisations.The reports says a quality improvement system is one of the best methods for assessing and improving performance and provides a structured way for organisations to look at their work and the services they provide and to help identify ways to improve.

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Building Better Connections: Interagency Work and the Connexions Service

Features, PublicNet: 22 April, 2005

By Bob Coles, Liz Britton and Leslie Hicks Inter-agency working to deliver seamless services has widespread support and few dissenters. It is crucially important for young people aged 16 and 17 who are not in or are at risk of disengaging with education, employment or training. The authors look at the Connexions initiative, Children and Young People’s Strategic Partnerships launched by local councils and the work of other agencies to support young people. They highlight the weaknesses in joint working and suggest how improvements could be made.

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