Archives for June 12th, 2006

PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT CULTURE

Abstracts, PublicNet: 12 June, 2006

This paper from the Improvement and Development Agency describes the critical importance of developing the right organisational culture for improving the effectiveness of performance management. It defines culture as being about people and made up of the sum total of the beliefs, values and behaviours of individuals within a given group. It is a means by which norms of acceptable behaviour are established. It acknowledges the difficulty of attempting to describe or plan a cultural change.The paper argues that because culture is about what people believe and do, it has a huge impact on what a council sets out to do, its vision and priorities and how people are managed, motivated and supported to do their jobs.

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BASQUES STUDY SCOTLAND’S E-DEMOCRACY

Headlines, PublicNet: 12 June, 2006

A group of Basque parliamentarians have been in Scotland to find out more about how devolution works there and to study the Scottish Parliament’s groundbreaking steps in e-democracy. The 12 Basques also studied other areas of their Scottish opposite numbers work.The Spanish Basque country – Euskadi – has had its own devolved parliament since 1980, giving the region control over education and taxes and greater powers to promote Basque language and culture. It is one of 17 autonomous parts of Spainthat have their own elected parliament and government.

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VOLUNTARY SECTOR WELCOMES IDEA OF LONGER CONTRACTS WITH COUNCILS

Headlines, PublicNet: 12 June, 2006

Leaders of voluntary organisations have welcomed a call by the head of the Local Government Association for councils to look at three-year deals for the bodies with which they work in partnership. Acevo – which represents the chief executives of voluntary organisations – said this was a significant movement but that local authorities could go even further.Its chief executive was reacting to a statement from LGA chairman, Sir Sandy Bruce Lockhart, that all councils should routinely address the idea of three-year contracts to allow the voluntary and community sector to plan ahead. Sir Sandy said, “Compacts with the sector have been helpful, but more needs to be done to release the potential of these organisations.”

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