Archives for March 17th, 2006

EVALUATING THE SOFT OUTCOMES OF LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMES

Features, PublicNet: 17 March, 2006

The traditional measures of learning and development programmes for young people are the hard outcomes of gaining qualifications and securing employment. Soft outcomes such as self-confidence, respect for elders, self-esteem, anger management and enhanced communication skills, can also make the difference between continuing a negative path or moving towards a more positive one in the future. This feature sets out ideas for a framework for measuring soft outcomes.



PLANS TO IMPROVE PUBLIC SPENDING DATA TAKING SHAPE

Headlines, PublicNet: 17 March, 2006

Steps to improve the quality of data on public spending have been set out in an article prepared by the Office for National Statistics. The article follows concerns in a recent report on the issue and it details the significant progress being made in respect of the central government data supply process.The ONS article, “Improving the quality of Central Government Expenditure Data” is a response to the Atkinson Review Final Report, “Measurement of Government Output and Productivity for the National Accounts” which was published last year and which raised concerns over quality of some public expenditure data supplied and entered into the National Accounts.

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DENYING CARE TO OBESE PATIENTS ‘SETS UNWISE PRECEDENT’

Headlines, PublicNet: 17 March, 2006

Obese patients deserve the same health care as those who are not overweight, according to an editorial article today in the medical journal “The Lancet”. It says that while denying a service to a customer is a business decision, medicine is not just any business.In November last year three primary care trusts in Suffolk announced that obese patients – those with a body mass index over 30 – would not be considered for certain operations such as hip and knee joint replacements. Consultants and family doctors in the area came up with a list of 10 conditions for which they said there should be a threshold before surgery would be performed.

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